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Fired-up Wake Forest knocks out Davidson, shows signs of growth

Fired-up Wake Forest knocks out Davidson, shows signs of growth

Wake Forest opened up against Davidson with a hot-shooting hand, scored on the interior when it cooled off and compiled its best defensive game of the season in a 67-63 win on Monday night at Joel Coliseum.

Maybe it was all traceable to some pre-game talk from assistant coach Steve Woodberry.

“Coach Woodberry was telling us before the game that they had Davidson projected to win, so that pissed us off, for real,” sophomore guard Chaundee Brown said. “I don’t pay attention to that, but he said that, so you know we had this chip on our shoulder coming out in warm-ups.”

The Deacons (6-3) connected on seven 3-pointers in the first 11½ minutes, jumping out to a 27-13 lead on Davidson (8-3).

And then the Deacons didn’t make another 3-pointer, instead displaying the ball movement Coach Danny Manning harps on and getting an array of driving buckets from Torry Johnson, Jaylen Hoard and Brown.

“The coaches told us to not settle, and they were fouling us a lot, they couldn’t really stay in front of us, so I feel like we had an advantage getting to the rim,” said Hoard, the freshman forward who had 16 points. “When we get something going, especially from outside, it’s like make or miss. But getting to the rim, you know you can consistently get fouls. Getting to the rim is easier.”

Wake Forest had 13 assists and 10 turnovers, making this the third time in nine games the Deacons have had a positive ratio between those categories.

Wake Forest’s blistering start, connecting on 7 of 9 3-pointers, was accompanied by a continuation of its defensive performance against Charlotte 11 days ago. Davidson shot 10 for 27 in the first half, committed as many turnovers as it had assists (five) and had three instances of going scoreless on three straight possessions — something Wake Forest targets and calls a “turkey.”

“I thought defensively we were active,” Manning said. “And I thought we did some pretty good things being active and flying around and making multiple efforts.”

Childress’ 3-pointer with 8:45 left in the first half was the last 3-pointer that Wake Forest made in the game. He shared the team lead with 16 points, while Brown had 13 points and eight rebounds and Johnson scored 10 points.

“It’s definitely one of the best defensive games (of the year). We locked into the scouting report, we knew the point guard, (Jon Axel Gudmundsson) was going to control the whole team,” Childress said. “They’ve got plenty of shooters. They’re a good 3-point-shooting team, we did a pretty good job of running those guys off the line and making them force the extra pass, especially to kill time off the clock.

“Especially with a team Saturday, the No. 3 team in the country, so we’ve gotta come in from the get-go and keep our foot on the gas and go from there.”

Davidson scored the last bucket of the first half and scored the first six points of the second half to cut Wake Forest’s lead to 33-30. The Deacons answered with a 7-0 run — Johnson converting the first of two three-point plays in the second half, Childress making two free throws and Ikenna Smart scoring on a post move.

Davidson never came within three points of the Deacons’ lead again.

Davidson was without Kellan Grady for the second straight game, as the sophomore guard has a knee injury. The 19.4-points-per-game scorer didn’t try to go through warm-ups and watched from the bench in a sport coat.

WAKE FOREST 67, DAVIDSON 63

FG FT Reb

DAV. M M-A M-A O-T A PF PT

Brajkovic 35 9-16 0-2 3-14 0 1 19

Collins 25 1-4 0-0 2-3 1 5 3

Frampton 35 2-9 1-2 1-9 2 4 6

Gudmundsson 40 7-12 5-6 0-2 6 0 21

Pritchett 38 3-8 2-2 0-3 2 4 9

Czerapowicz 22 1-4 0-0 0-0 0 1 3

Kovacevic 3 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 3 2

B.Jones 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0

M.Jones 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

B.-Yiadom -- 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Wynter -- 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 2 0

Totals 200 24-55 8-12 6-32 13 20 63

Percentages: FG .436, FT .667. 3-Point Goals: 7-24, .292 (Gudmundsson 2-4, Brajkovic 1-2, Collins 1-3, Czerapowicz 1-4, Pritchett 1-4, Frampton 1-7). Team Rebounds: 1. Team Turnovers: 9 (8 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (Brajkovic 2, Pritchett). Turnovers: 9 (Brajkovic 3, Gudmundsson 3, Frampton, Kovacevic, Pritchett). Steals: 4 (Frampton 2, Collins, Gudmundsson).

FG FT Reb

WF M M-A M-A O-T A PF PT

Hoard 29 7-12 0-1 0-1 2 2 16

Smart 18 2-3 0-0 1-6 0 3 4

Brown 28 4-10 3-4 0-8 2 2 13

Childress 38 4-10 5-9 0-2 4 1 16

Johnson 34 3-6 4-4 0-4 4 2 10

Sarr 19 4-5 0-0 0-3 0 2 8

Mucius 19 0-1 0-2 1-3 1 1 0

Wright 12 0-3 0-0 0-1 0 0 0

Wynn 2 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 0

Okeke 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0

Totals 200 24-51 12-20 3-29 13 14 67

Percentages: FG .471, FT .600. 3-Point Goals: 7-15, .467 (Childress 3-5, Hoard 2-3, Brown 2-5, Mucius 0-1, Wright 0-1). Team Rebounds: 2. Team Turnovers: 10 (16 PTS). Blocked Shots: 1 (Hoard). Turnovers: 10 (Sarr 3, Childress 2, Brown, Hoard, Johnson, Mucius, Smart). Steals: 3 (Sarr 2, Okeke).

Davidson 24 39 — 63

Wake Forest 33 34 — 67

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