By PATRICK SOUTHERN
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Keyshawn Woods scored 17 points, Doral Moore added 15 points and eight rebounds, and Wake Forest cruised to an 82-53 win over Richmond on Saturday.
Richmond had no answer for Moore’s presence in the post. The 7-foot-1 junior center scored 13 of his points in the first half on 6-of-6 shooting. Four of those points, including an emphatic alley-oop dunk, came at the start of an 11-2 run near the midpoint of the first half which gave Wake Forest a 20-9 lead.
From there, the Deacons (4-4) were never seriously challenged. Richmond never led, and the hosts were up by as many as 31 points in the latter stages after removing any doubt about the outcome with another 11-0 run to start the second half.
Wake Forest dominated despite the absence of sophomore guard Brandon Childress, who suffered a concussion after being knocked to the floor in the final moments of his team’s win over Illinois on Tuesday in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.
For Richmond (1-7), Grant Golden scored 16 points and Nick Sherod added 12.
Richmond: The Spiders’ abysmal start to the season continued with their fifth consecutive loss. Their only win came against UAB on a neutral floor. Coach Chris Mooney, in his 13th season at the school, may need another year to earn the 14 wins he needs to pass Dick Tarrant and become the winningest coach in school history.
Wake Forest: The Deacons continued to rebound from their sluggish 0-3 start to the season, building on the momentum from Tuesday’s win over then-unbeaten Illinois. They will likely be favored to win their next three games (against Charlotte, Army, and Coastal Carolina) as well, setting up a potentially significant final non-conference game against Tennessee on Dec. 23.
Richmond will look to get back to winning ways on Wednesday, when the Spiders travel across Virginia to face Old Dominion.
Wake Forest will play its first true road game when it makes a short cross-state trip to play at Charlotte on Tuesday night. It will be the 49ers’ first time hosting the Deacons at their on-campus Halton Arena.