Men's Basketball ACCtion: Saturday, November 20
Nov. 20, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Freshman forward Travis McKie recorded his first-career double-double, totaling 22 points and 15 rebounds, and Gary Clark and Ty Walker also had career-high scoring nights, as Wake Forest cruised past Elon 89-70 at Greensboro Coliseum Saturday evening.
The Deacons improve to 2-2 on the young season while the Phoenix fall to 1-2.
Wake Forest fell behind by 12 points early, but exploded for a 25-3 run to head into halftime with a nine point lead. The Deacs carried their momentum into the second half, slowly expanding their advantage to the final victory margin of 19 points. It was the largest deficit that Wake Forest had overcome in a win since falling behind by 17 points to Miami in January of 2007, before winning 59-58.
McKie's stat line was notable on multiple accounts. He became the first freshman to score at least 10 points in each of his first four games since Rodney Rodgers hit double figures in his first 11 games of the 1990-91 season. His 15 rebounds were the most for a Wake Forest rookie since Niki Arinze pulled down 15 boards against Missouri in 1998.
In addition to McKie's outstanding performance, C.J. Harris came close to a triple-double, finishing with 11 points, a career-high eight assists and eight rebounds. Ty Walker scored 12 points, breaking his previous career-high of six, and also pulled down eight rebounds which tied his career-best set earlier in the season against Hampton.