NCAAB Game Recap - Xavier at Wake Forest
Sat Dec 14, 2019 4:00 PM EST

E KY
67
Lou
99
F
UMKC
57
Kansas
98
F
Oreg
71
Mich
70
F(OT)
Gonz
84
Ariz
80
F
GaTec
53
KY
67
F
StLou
61
Aub
67
F
Mem
51
Tenn
47
F
Drake
47
Dayt
78
F
MSU
72
Oakl
49
F
South
41
Butl
66
F
Del
70
Vill
78
F
Seton
48
Rut
68
F
Xav
78
Wake
80
F
KansSt
61
MisSt
67
F
IPFW
65
IUPUI
74
F
App
81
How
59
F
Syr
79
GTown
89
F
Princ
80
FaDi
65
F
Dart
76
Boston
78
F
(N/A)
60
Elon
91
F
Tuls
79
Ark
98
F
Nich
57
WVU
83
F
NJIT
71
StFNY
73
F
TN-M
72
UNCA
91
F
(N/A)
79
Jacksn
93
F
IL-C
65
DeP
86
F
HolyC
72
Canis
80
F
CenMI
76
Tex
87
F
LongI
74
Rider
89
F
Duques
71
Radf
49
F
Alab
71
PSU
73
F
AlaAM
74
Mia-FL
88
F
Morg
68
LaSal
85
F
Wagn
63
Hartfo
71
F
NCC
71
CoCar
91
F
Army
89
Buff
76
F
UCLA
61
ND
75
F
Lamar
50
TCU
79
F
AF
79
Denv
75
F
NFla
72
SoMis
69
F
MidTN
64
Miss
82
F
Toled
80
Detr
72
F
Web
49
Utah
60
F
UCSB
61
S UT
62
F
(N/A)
50
StBon
75
F
HiPt
64
FlAtl
81
F
Campbl
67
ECU
79
F
Mayv
60
SDak
96
F
Sac
58
SCla
60
F
USF
91
CS-Ful
69
F
ULLa
59
LaTec
77
F
Charl
71
Rich
78
F
Winth
73
Furm
80
F
ArkPB
46
OrSt
80
F
AlSt
57
Bois
100
F
Okla
75
WichSt
80
F
OlDom
55
Ill
69
F
Stan
78
SJSU
58
F
CSBak
70
Ida
76
F(OT)
NMSt
62
NM
69
F
Evans
72
WIGB
62
F
Niag
80
Albany
84
F
W MI
59
Manh
58
F
Colg
67
Cin
66
F
WilBa
59
NOrl
103
F
(N/A)
54
Gram
82
F
CenAR
79
Pepp
92
F
BYU
68
UtSt
64
F
UGA
59
AzSt
79
F
E IL
75
WIMil
68
F
Lib
61
Vand
56
F
HBU
84
Rice
96
F
(N/A)
57
Oral
69
F
Stony
78
Prov
82
F
(N/A)
63
UAB
75
F
N CO
74
Wyo
53
F
ULMo
59
SFA
66
F
NoAZ
79
UtVal
73
F
Fres
62
CAPoly
37
F
BethC
68
CBap
87
F
UCDav
54
USD
58
F
(N/A)
63
UCIrv
120
F
StMar
89
Cal
77
F

Dec 14, 2019, 4:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

(23) Xavier (9-2)

30

48

78

Wake Forest (6-5)

39

41

80

Brown has 26 points, Wake Forest beats No. 23 Xavier 80-78
Sat Dec 14, 2019 7:59 PM

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Chaundee Brown had to postpone a final acting performance for a few hours to lead Wake Forest to an 80-78 victory Saturday over No. 23 Xavier.

On a smaller stage later Saturday night, Brown played a youth in trouble in an acting class final exam. But earlier, he performed in a hero's role on the court, scoring 26 points as the Demon Deacons held off a late run by the Musketeers, who were playing their first true road game of the season.

"I didn't think about that on the court," Brown said of the acting performance scheduled only a few hours after the basketball game. "We knew we had to come out strong, and we did."

Though Wake Forest led for all but six minutes, Xavier had a final chance of its own. But Quentin Goodin's 3-point shot bounced off the rim as time expired.

Brandon Childress added 22 points, hitting five of six free-throw attempts in the final 1:10 for Wake Forest (6-5). Childress, 10 of 12 from the line in the game, made the second of two chances with 7.8 seconds before Goodin's rushed 3-pointer.

Paul Scruggs scored 30 points and Naji Marshall added 16 for Xavier (9-2).

Xavier coach Travis Steele said he was disappointed in his team's play in the first half. But it was nothing new. The Musketeers have struggled to win a few close games at home.

"It's too much of a pattern for our guys," Steele said. "We've got to play well for 40 minutes, not six minutes. We lost because of the first 20 minutes."

Brown made 11 of 16 shots, driving to the basket for several baskets while also hitting 2 of 4 3-point attempts. He scored the final five points of the first half in a 7-0 Wake Forest run that produced a 39-30 lead for the Deacons at intermission.

"Across the board, this was a terrific team effort," Wake Forest coach Danny Manning said.

Though Wake Forest led for all but six minutes, Xavier had a final chance of its own. But Quentin Goodin's 3-point shot bounced off the rim as time expired.

Brown scored 18 of his points in the first half as the Deacons raced to a nine-point halftime lead that they extended to as many as 13 points in the second half.

Xavier battled back from a 66-53 deficit with 7:30 left. The Musketeers were within three points on their final three possessions, but opted not to take a 3-point shot until Goodin's game-ending shot.

"Our team is built more to drive," Steele said. "We wanted to extend the game."

Wake Forest won despite playing without 7-footer Olivier Sarr, who averaged 15 points and 10.9 rebounds off the bench in the previous seven games. Sarr is in concussion protocol after suffering a blow to the head in the Deacons' Dec. 7 game against N.C. State.

The Deacons never trailed after Ody Oguama's basket put them ahead with 3:57 remaining in the opening half.

BIG PICTURE

Xavier: The Musketeers failed their first road test of the season, but almost pulled out a victory in a game in which they trailed for all but a few minutes.

Wake Forest: The Deacons picked up some needed momentum after losing their previous three, winning without Sarr. They have a week to recover before playing region rival North Carolina A&T.

ON TARGET

Wake Forest made 21 of 27 foul shots, including 14 of 17 in the second half, to hold off Xavier, which was 18 of 27 from the line. Scruggs made 13 of 19 field-goal attempts, including 4 of 9 from 3-point distance.

PROSSER TRIBUTE

The pregame ceremonies included a video tribute to the late Skip Prosser, who coached at both schools. The game was the seventh "Skip Prosser Classic." Xavier holds a 4-3 edge in those games.

UP NEXT:

Xavier: Host Western Carolina on Wednesday night.

Wake Forest: Host N.C. A&T next Saturday.

Leaders

Xavier PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
B. Moore 0 0 0 3 1 0
K. Tandy 0 0 0 2 0 0
Wake Forest PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
T. Johnson 0 0 0 1 0 0
M. Wynn 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

Xav Wake
Points For 78 80
Field Goals 27/67-40% 26/55-47%
Three Pointers 6/22-27% 7/16-44%
Free Throws 18/27-67% 21/27-78%
Offensive Rebounds 12 6
Defensive Rebounds 26 30
Rebounds 39 40
Blocks 3 3
Steals 4 6
Turnovers 8 13
Personal Fouls 24 22
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Dec 14 Xav 78 @ Wake 80 Z. Freemantle 1 S. Wright Jr. 2

Game Information

Stadium: Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Attendance: 5,847
Game Time: