NCAAB Game Recap - North Carolina Asheville at Wake Forest
Wed Nov 13, 2019 7:00 PM EST

IndSt
62
Lou
91
F
Vill
51
OhSt
76
F
TxTch
103
HBU
74
F
LSU
82
VACom
84
F
(N/A)
57
UMBC
79
F
(N/A)
48
JMU
96
F
IUPUI
70
SoFL
53
F
Boston
47
Vermt
62
F
McNee
63
Wisc
83
F
Canis
57
Albany
83
F
MiaO
84
IPFW
80
F
UNCA
79
Wake
98
F
USC-Up
57
VaTec
80
F
Colg
54
Syr
70
F
Bry
69
StPet
44
F
Lafy
72
Princ
65
F
LaSal
59
Penn
75
F
LoyMD
53
OlDom
62
F
StFPA
71
Morg
65
F
Ohio
81
Iona
72
F
LongI
74
GMas
80
F
FaDi
50
Ford
53
F
NJIT
59
Corn
58
F
StJos
96
UConn
87
F
Bingha
63
Colum
75
F
Hof
71
Buck
86
F
Quin
68
Brown
70
F
HiPt
33
BC
59
F
VAWis
64
Samf
102
F
(N/A)
82
MidTN
96
F
Niag
80
SFA
89
F
TN-M
98
W IL
91
F
Gram
81
SeLA
70
F
PaulQ
66
Nich
81
F
E WA
60
StLou
82
F
CSBak
55
NrthIA
67
F
Monm
54
KansSt
73
F
Ball
67
IL-C
48
F
UMKC
58
Drake
76
F
Drex
57
Rut
62
F
Purd
55
Marq
65
F
CS-Ful
60
Wyo
53
F
WIGB
78
NM
93
F
NebOm
65
ColSt
80
F
S UT
63
BYU
68
F
Prov
63
NW
72
F
FlInt
77
NCSU
86
F
OkSt
73
Charl
54
F
GrCan
61
SDSU
86
F

Nov 13, 2019, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

North Carolina Asheville (1-2)

44

35

79

Wake Forest (2-1)

49

49

98

Wake Forest pulls away late from UNC Asheville, 98-79
Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:57 PM

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Olivier Sarr’s Wake Forest teammates did most of the work against UNC Asheville’s trapping defense Wednesday night. But the 7-footer was perfect when finishing the job in the Demon Deacons’ 98-79 victory over UNC Asheville.

 OK, almost perfect. 

 Sarr came off the bench to score 21 points, shooting 9-for-9 from the field – most on dunks or layups after the Deacons broke through defensive pressure – and grabbed eight rebounds. After the game, Sarr’s only gripe was that he missed one of his four foul attempts.

 “(Asheville) was pressuring the ball a lot, and we found a way to get the ball inside,” said Sarr, who started Wake’s first two games. “They found me a lot.”

“Our guys did a really good job of finding him,” said Wake Forest coach Danny Manning. 

 Wake’s Chaundee Brown scored a game-high 23 points on 6-for-8 shooting from the field, and 11 of 11 accuracy from the foul line. Brown also had a game-high 11 rebounds.

 The Deacons (2-1) shot 70.2 percent from the field and made 28 of 40 foul opportunities, yet they found themselves tied at 72 with 9:47 to play against the smaller Bulldogs (1-2), who are coming off a 5-23 season. Wake committed 17 turnovers.

 Wake pulled away with a game-ending 13-1 run, including a flurry of three baskets by Sarr, who came off the bench after starting the team’s first two games.

 Asheville coach Mike Morrell said the 30 fouls called against his team – guard Lavar Batts fouled out and four Bulldogs finished with four fouls – prevented his team from maintaining its tenacious pressure down the stretch.

 “We were not able to be as aggressive as we would have liked,” Morrell said. “I thought they (the Deacons) were really good the last five minutes of the game.”

 Trailing by 14 in the first half, Asheville used its trapping defense to scrap back into the game despite Wake’s sizzling shooting and 35-20 rebounding edge. The Bulldogs committed only 11 turnovers in a whistle-plagued game with 53 fouls and 70 free-throw attempts.

 Tajion Jones led Asheville with 22 points. DeVon Baker scored 17, including the spinning layup midway through the second half that tied the game for the only time. Asheville never led.

 Brandon Childress, who fouled out with 17 points and nine assists, responded to Baker’s tying basket with a quick score that put Wake ahead for good. The Deacons had 23 assists.

 The Deacons made their first eight shots on their first eight possessions to race an early 10-point lead. They extended the lead to 37-23 after Sarr’s dunk completed a four-point possession following a flagrant foul.

 BIG PICTURE

UNCA: The Bulldogs fell short in their bid for a first-ever triumph in nine games against the Deacons. But with a win over The Citadel and respectable losses to Tennessee and Wake Forest, the team appears on course to improve upon last season’s 5-23 record.

 Wake Forest: Manning was pleased with his team’s shooting, but he had to be scratching his head that it didn’t prevent Asheville from rallying from a 14-point lead to tie midway through the second half.

MAKING HISTORY

Wake Forest shot 70 percent from the field in both halves for the first time in school history.

STATS

UNCA: The Bulldogs committed only 11 turnovers, but they were outrebounded 35-20.

Wake Forest: The Deacons’ 70.2-percent shooting percentage was the second-best in school history (they shot 73 percent against Fairleigh Dickinson in 1979). They also had 23 assists.

UP NEXT

UNCA: The Bulldogs return home to take on regional Division III (non-scholarship) rival Brevard.

Wake Forest: The Deacons face a dangerous road game against in-state rival Charlotte.

Leaders

North Carolina Asheville PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
A. McBride 0 0 0 1 0 0
J. Battle 0 0 0 1 0 0
Wake Forest PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
T. Johnson 0 0 1 1 0 0
M. Wynn 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

UNCA Wake
Points For 79 98
Field Goals 25/53-47% 33/47-70%
Three Pointers 6/19-32% 4/8-50%
Free Throws 23/30-77% 28/40-70%
Offensive Rebounds 5 8
Defensive Rebounds 15 27
Rebounds 22 37
Blocks 3 2
Steals 7 3
Turnovers 11 17
Personal Fouls 30 23
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Wake Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Nov 13 UNCA 79 @ Wake 98 J. Levitch 1 O. Oguama 3

Game Information

Stadium: Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Attendance: 4,187
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