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(Monday, November 19th)
Final Score: Wake Forest 74, Mercer 71
St. Thomas, VI (Sports Network) - Travis McKie scored a game-high 23 points and pulled down 15 rebounds to lead Wake Forest to a 74-71 come-from-behind win over Mercer in a consolation round matchup of the Paradise Jam Tournament.
C.J. Harris added 15 points and Chase Fischer had 11 for the Demon Deacons (2-2), who will host William & Mary on Friday.
Jakob Gollon had 12 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals for the Bears (2-3), who have dropped three straight after opening the season with back-to-back wins.
Wake Forest trailed 65-58 with 4 1/2 minutes left, but pulled within 65-62 on Mckie's jumper at the 2:41 mark.
T.J. Hallice split a pair of free throws for Mercer to make it 66-62, but Tyler Cavanaugh was fouled while attempting a missed 3-pointer and buried a trio of free throws to pull within one.
Gollon's tip-in gave Mercer a three-point cushion once again, but the Deacons did not back down and tied the game at 68-68 when Harris drilled a 3- ball with 1:40 left.
Travis Smith missed a jumper on the ensuing possession for the Bears, but got his own miss and found Jibri Bryan, who nailed a trey to give Mercer a 71-68 lead.
Harris was then fouled and converted a pair from the charity stripe, and following Smith's turnover, McKie slammed one home to give Wake a 72-71 lead.
Hallice then turned it over with five seconds left and were forced to foul Fischer, who made the subsequent free throws.
Gollon missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer and Wake Forest held on for the victory.
11/19 17:54:07 ET
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