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
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.
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
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.