C.J. Harris carries Wake Forest to upset win over No. 2 Miami
Winston-Salem, NC, United States (4E Sports) – C.J. Harris buried five triples in the first half to help Wake Forest pull away early en route to an 80-65 upset win over No. 2 Miami (FL), snapping the Hurricanes’ 14-game winning streak Saturday at Joel Coliseum.
Harris went 5-for-5 from beyond the arc in the first half as the Demon Deacons built a 19-point lead on their way to handing the Hurricanes their first ACC loss of the season.
Harris became the first player in ACC competition to tally a perfect 3-point shooting game with five or more attempts since Terrell Bell of Virginia Tech went 5-for-5 against Maryland on Feb. 15, 2011.
“C.J. Harris was terrific in the first half and I think that gave his entire team a lot of confidence. We made a lot of mental mistakes and didn’t play very well in either half. Whenever you do that in the ACC you are going to suffer a loss,” said Miami coach Jim Larranaga.
Harris finished with 23 points on 7-for-13 shooting for his fifth 20-point performance of the season while Codi Miller-McIntyre had 15 points for the Demon Deacons, who improved to 12-14 (5-9 ACC) after ending a two-game losing skid.
Devin Thomas added 10 points and eight rebounds, Travis McKie pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds to go with eight points and five blocks while Tyler Cavanaugh came off the bench to score nine points for Wake Forest.
The win was the Deacons’ first over a top-five ranked team since they defeated No.1 Duke 70-68 on Jan. 28, 2009.
It also marked Wake Forest’s most lopsided win over a top-two ranked team ever, topping its previous best of 13 in an 86-63 defeat of No. 2 Duke on Feb. 17, 2008.
Durand Scott scored 17 points while three teammates scored in double figures for the Hurricanes, who remained on top of the ACC despite the loss with a 13-1 record, 2.5 games ahead of No. 6 Duke.
Shane Larkin added 13 points, three assists and three steals, Trey McKinney Jones had 11 and Kenny Kadji contributed 10 for the Hurricanes (22-4).
The Hurricanes grabbed a 15-14 lead in the first half after a three-pointer by McKinney Jones but the Demon Deacons responded with a 10-0 run to take a 24-15 lead.
After Larkin converted a layup to stop the run, Harris hit back-to-back three pointers to push Wake Forest’s lead to 30-17.
The Deacons increased their lead to 19 late in the first half, using a 9-0 run that started with a Cavanaugh 3-pointer and ended with a fastbreak layup by Arnaud William Adala Moto.
Miami fought back to within five in the second half, but the Deacons used a 12-0 run midway through the period to reclaim control.