Wake Forest storms through Army, adds to winning streak

WINSTON-SALEM — It was a good night to follow instructions for Wake Forest’s basketball team.

Guard Brandon Childress said the Demon Deacons could hear well-meaning tips yelled in their direction.

“We were able to hear our teammates from the bench,” Childress said after the 109-80 victory against visiting Army on Friday night. “That was a big part of it.”

A rather sparse crowd announced at 2,978 turned out on a wintry night at Joel Coliseum.

Wake Forest coach Danny Manning and Childress praised the enthusiasm expressed from supporters on hand. Those fans were treated to a splendid offensive performance on several fronts.

The Demon Deacons (6-4) shot 58 percent from the field as they bullied their way in the lane for nearly half of their points on the way to their fifth victory in a row.

Keyshawn Woods scored 22 points and Doral Moore added 20 points.

Moore, a junior center who also grabbed 11 rebounds, said his career-high point total on 9-for-10 shooting wasn’t that exciting.

“It didn’t feel like 20 points because all I did was dunk,” the 7-foot-1 player said.

Those inside maneuvers were vital for the Demon Deacons.

“This was a fast-paced game,” Manning said. “They gave us all we wanted in transition. We were trying to keep up with them at some points.”

Childress, a sophomore guard, also had a career-best mark with 17 points.

Mitchell Wilbekin and Terrence Thompson both scored two first-half points, but they finished with 17 and 12, respectively.

The final score was misleading because the Black Knights (5-4) stayed in range. Jacob Kessler’s corner 3-pointer pulled them within 68-63.

“For much of the night, it was a pretty good basketball game,” Army coach Jimmy Allen said.

Wake Forest went up 92-71 with more than six minutes to play. By then, it already had eclipsed the 78-point mark, which was the most previously allowed by Army this season.

Wake Forest led 50-40 at halftime, boosted by 63.3-percent shooting from the field. The Black Knights, though, had 10 baskets from 3-point range by the break.

Wake Forest guard Bryant Crawford scored all 11 of his points in the first half. He didn’t play after picking up a technical foul because of something he said with 9:19 remaining.

Jordan Fox scored 15 of his 21 points in the first half for Army. Alex King and Matt Wilson both poured in 14 points.

• FREE THROWS …: Wake Forest played without freshman guard Chaundee Brown, who started all previous nine games but has a foot injury. Manning offered no details other than to say Brown’s injury status is day-to-day. … Ernie Nestor, a former Wake Forest assistant coach and ex-Elon head coach, attended the game as his travel plans for the day were diverted. Nestor is recently retired as a Navy assistant coach, so he was familiar with the Army team.