Sophomore guard Marcus Thornton led the Tribe with 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Junior Tim Rusthoven just missed a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds, while fellow classmate Brandon Britt added nine points. Senior guard Matt Rum tallied eight points, seven rebounds and a team-best four assists against the Demon Deacons.
After Wake Forest took a 3-2 lead less than two minutes into the contest, W&M seized control of the opening half, reeling off a 15-2 run. Britt sparked the spurt with five straight points, including a 3-pointer that prompted a Deacs' timeout. Rusthoven scored on a hook in the post, before finding Rum for a 3-pointer from the right corner. Heldring capped the run with a conventional 3-point play at the 12:35 mark, giving the College a 17-5 lead.
The margin reached as much as 13, 24-11, following a Rusthoven free throw at the 8:14 mark. Wake Forest answered with an eight-point run to close the gap to five. Arnaud Adala Moto and C.J. Harris scored four points apiece as Harris pulled the Deacs within 24-19 with 3:47 left first half.
The lead jumped back to nine, following a Rum lay-up, but the cushion was seven, 30-23, at the half. W&M shot 44 percent (11-of-25) from the floor in the opening 20 minutes, while limiting Wake Forest to 31 percent (9-of-29).
Out of the locker room, Wake Forest quickly scored six straight points to close the gap to one less than a minute and a half into the frame. The lead was still one, 32-31, before Rum found junior Kyle Gaillard for a dunk. The senior guard then canned a three from the left side to give W&M a 37-31 lead with 16:26 remaining and force a Wake Forest timeout.
An 8-2 run by the home side pulled the Deacs even again at 39, before freshman Terry Tarpey made a steal and found Gaillard for a fast-break dunk to put the Green and Gold back on top with 13:27 left. W&M maintained a single possession lead until a Chase Fischer lay-up at the 9:50 mark gave Wake its first lead, 46-45, since the opening two minutes of the contest.
After a Rusthoven bucket put the Tribe back in front, the Demon Deacons scored six straight points to take a five-point advantage. A Tyler Cavanaugh hook in the lane, gave Wake a 52-47 advantage with 4:40 left.
Thornton answered with a 3-pointer from the right wing, and a Gaillard free throw close the gap to 52-51 with 2:32 remaining. After a pair of Travis McKie free throws gave Wake a three-point advantage, Rum had a chance to draw the Green and Gold even with a 3-pointer from the top of the key. The attempt was long, and Wake Forest came away with the rebound. The Deacs hit 7-of-8 from the free throw line over the final two minutes to come way with the 63-57 victory.
W&M finished the game shooting 41.2 percent (21-of-51) from the field and held a 37-34 advantage on the glass. Wake Forest finished shooting 40 percent (20-of-50) from the field and converted 20-of-30 from the free throw, including 16-of-23 in the second half. Harris led the Deacs with 18 points, including 10-of-11 from the free throw line, while McKie scored 15 points to go with six rebounds.
The Tribe returns to action at Richmond on Wednesday, Nov. 28. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. from the Robbins Center. Tribe fans can catch the action over the Tribe Radio Network with Jay Colley, Bill McDonald and Charlie Woollum on the call. The Tide 92.3 FM in Williamsburg is the flagship station of the Tribe Radio Network and the broadcast is available on the Internet at TribeAthletics.com.