James Madison 82

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Wake Forest 91

(1-0, 1-0 home)

    2:00 PM ET, November 11, 2006

    Lawrence Joel Coliseum, Winston-salem, North Carolina

    1 2 T
    JMU 42 4082
    WAKE 38 5391

    Top Performers

    James Madison: J. Posey 21 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Wake Forest: K. Visser 23 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Stl, 3 Blk

    Dukes let 13-point lead slip, fall short of Wake Forest 

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- Kyle Visser had a career-high 23 points and Wake Forest rallied from 13 down to beat James Madison 91-82 on Saturday.

    Visser, the only Demon Deacon remaining from the Chris Paul-led team that two years ago reached No. 1, set a school record with 10-of-10 shooting.

    Wake Forest (1-0) overcame 22 points from the Dukes' Juwann James and 21 from Joe Posey by shooting nearly 61 percent.

    Harvey Hale added 19 points, finished 4-of-6 from 3-point range and hit two key shots from behind the arc for Wake Forest.

    First, his 3-pointer from the right corner with 18:00 left in the second half capped an 18-4 run that bridged halftime and gave Wake Forest its first lead since about 7 minutes in. Then, his 3 from the key with 15:30 remaining made it 50-48 and put Wake Forest ahead for good.

    James Madison twice closed to within one, the last coming when Pierre Curtis' basket with 10:29 left made it 62-61.

    But L.D. Williams hit two free throws, Kevin Swinton added one and Visser tipped in a shot to extend Wake Forest's lead to five. The Dukes never got closer than three the rest of the way.

    Kyle Swanston added 15 points and Curtis finished with 13 for James Madison (0-1).

    Ishmael Smith added 12 points and 11 assists for Wake Forest, and Williams finished with 11 points.

    The Demon Deacons started two freshmen and two sophomores alongside Visser, the only three-year letterwinner on the roster who had expressed a desire to re-establish Wake Forest after a dismal 2005-06 season.

    In the first post-Paul season, Wake Forest slipped to a 17-17 overall record and finished last in the Atlantic Coast Conference, prompting coach Skip Prosser to place an emphasis on playing at a higher tempo.

    The Demon Deacons finally got their rapid-fire transition game going -- but not before they fell way behind.

    The pesky Dukes used a 25-11 spurt midway through the first half to build its big lead. Swanson's third 3-pointer of the half put the Dukes ahead 40-27 with 5:47 left.

    Wake Forest closed the first half with an 11-2 burst to pull to 42-38 at halftime, then started the second just as hot. The Demon Deacons opened the half with a 7-2 spurt, capped by the first of Hale's two big 3-pointers.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 82 91
    FG Made-Attempted 33-66 (.500) 31-51 (.608)
    3P Made-Attempted 9-20 (.450) 6-15 (.400)
    FT Made-Attempted 7-13 (.538) 23-34 (.676)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 11 9

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