Mercer 71
Wakeforest 74
Date of game: 11/19/2012

Recap: Wake Forest vs. Mercer

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.

Game Notes

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Giants acquire McGehee from Marlins

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Anthony to play in Knicks-Suns tilt

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will play in Saturday's game against the Phoenix Suns after sitting out the team's previous outing due to soreness in his left knee.

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