Area Sports Briefs: Deacons pull away from Tulane
From staff and wire reports
NEW ORLEANS — Devin Thomas had 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Wake Forest pulled away in the second half for a 71-49 victory over Tulane on Monday night.
Codi Miller-McIntyre added 12 points for the Demon Deacons (2-0), who quieted Tulane’s home-opening crowd by outscoring the Green Wave by 17 during the second half.
Louis Dabney scored 17 points for Tulane, but was held to only four points during the final 20 minutes.
The Green Wave was competitive during the first half but ultimately done in by poor perimeter shooting.
Tulane was 1 for 20 on 3-pointers and hit only three field goals the entire second half.
Thomas has registered double-doubles in each of Wake Forest’s first two games, starting with 25 points and 13 rebounds against UNC-Asheville on Friday night.
Tre Drye grabbed 11 rebounds for Tulane.
Wake Forest controlled the inside, outscoring Tulane 44-24 in the paint and enjoying a 47-29 rebounding edge. The Demon Deacons grabbed 14 offensive boards, leading to 15 second-chance points.
Catawba hosts Wingate in a SAC doubleheader on Wednesday at 6 and 8 p.m.
South Rowan’s Alexandria Bare, a two-time state qualifier, will sign with UNC Pembroke’s golf program.
Erwin’s boys got big games from Hunter Eagle and Christian Bennett and beat West Rowan Middle 47-43 with a strong defensive effort.
Morgan Owen scored 12 points and Kia Pharr had 10 as West Rowan Middle’s girls beat Erwin 41-38.
Hannah Pratt scored eight for the Bulldogs (1-1), while Chantal Robinson had seven.
Lauren Weisensel scored 14 for the Eagles. Lanie Fulk scored nine, and Lauren Coughenour scored seven.
West Rowan hosts Corriher-Lipe in its next game.
• Janiya Downs scored 26 points to lead Corriher-Lipe to a 52-16 win against Southeast.
Rhiannon Kimmer scored 12 for the Yellow Jackets, while Ashlyn Plott had 10.
Nancy Gamewell scored eight for the Patriots.
The SAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week is Lincoln Memorial guard Luquon Choice. The sophomore averaged 21 points on 64-percent shooting.
Catawba’s K.J. Arrington and Mars Hill’s Isaiah Cuthbertson (West Rowan) were nominees for the award.
•SAC football players of the week are Tusculum quarterback Kyle Dickey, Lenoir-Rhyne defensive lineman Chris Green and Brevard kicker Alex Noboa. Catawba linebacker Jason Taylor — 14 tackles against Lenoir-Rhyne — was a nominee.
Youth cross country
Hurley YMCA Warriors competed in the USATF Qualifier at Hagan Stone Park in Pleasant Garden.
Top-15 finishers qualified for the USATF National Junior Olympic Championships in Myrtle Beach, S.C. on Dec. 13. The following Warriors qualified:
15-16 boys: 5k
Jonah Evans, 15th, 18:32
11-12 boys: 3k
Nolan Miller, 15th, 11:24
9-10 girls: 3k
Emma Calvert, 7th, 13:13
9-10 year boys: 3k
Eli Julian, 1st, 11:33.70
Matthew Burroughs, 11th, 13:10
Bret Lewis, 14th, 13:24
8-under boys: 2k
Connor Price, 3rd, 9:00