WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- Travis McKie matched a career high with 23 points -- including six on one critical trip downcourt -- to lead Wake Forest past mistake-prone Georgia Southern 81-73 on Wednesday night.
C.J. Harris added 20 points and Tony Chennault finished with 14 for the Demon Deacons (2-0). They shot nearly 42.9 percent (24 of 56), overcame their 15 turnovers by forcing the Eagles into 22 miscues and held off Georgia Southern's comeback bid.
Jelani Hewitt finished with 18 points and five 3-pointers to lead Georgia Southern (0-2). Despite 49.1 percent (28 of 57) shooting, the Eagles fell to 8-35 against current Atlantic Coast Conference teams and were denied their first victory over a power-conference team since 1992.
Hewitt hit 3-pointers 25 seconds apart to pull Georgia Southern to 50-45 with 9:17 left before McKie single-handedly gave the Demon Deacons enough breathing room.
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