WINSTON-SALEM-- Codi Miller-McIntyre scored 20 points and Coron Williams added 18 to pace Wake Forest over visiting Presbyterian College 69-48 on Friday night. Miller-McIntyre made the most of his 25 minutes of play, going 6-7 from the free throw line and only committing one turnover. Williams, a graduate student, finally had his breakout game, shooting 43% from the field, going 6-13 from behind the three-point arc. Devin Thomas (10 points, 11 rebounds) recorded his second straight double-double in the victory.
"Codi's been so consistent and he's really, really good in terms of his ability to get to the rim," Coach Jeff Bzdelik said. "He's playing with a great confidence right now. He's been really consistently very, very good."
Presbyterian (0-3) started 3 freshmen and struggled to find open shots against a stingy Demon Deacon defense. The Blue Hose were led by former Greensboro Day standout Reggie Dillard (20 points) and redshirt junior Jordan Downing (18 points). Wake Forest (3-0) held the visitors from Clinton, SC to 36% shooting from the field, and dominated the glass 46-29.
"The one thing we tried to do is, we knew we had to slow the game down as best we could and be patient on offense," Blue Hose coach Gregg Nibert said. "We did a much better job of that in the second half. Coron Williams coming in there, I mean he just lit us up in the zone and we didn't do a good job of finding him. He was really the difference maker in the first half."
Wake Forest fans have been waiting for the sharpshooting Williams to show off the outside shooting prowess that was trumpeted upon his arrival in Winston-Salem. He was relieved to finally give the fans what they were looking for.
"After I made that first three, I heard the crowd go wild," Williams said. "That made me feel good. Finally, I gave them something good. I know people want me to put up a lot of shots, but I'm not forcing things. I'm looking for great shots. It's not must my shot, it's the team's shot."
Next up for the Deacs are the Jacksonville Dolphins, who will visit Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Monday night. Tip time is 7:00 p.m.
"We're going to be playing a team Monday, Jacksonville, that's long, big, very athletic and plays an up and into game 94 feet," Bzdelik said. "We need to be better Monday night, there's no question."