Wake Forest used its superior size and quickness to dominate from the start, cruising to a 90-55 victory and handing Navy its worst home loss in school history last night before 4,218 on opening night at Alumni Hall.
Guard Robert O'Kelley led the Demon Deacons with a game-high 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting. Wake Forest--the first Atlantic Coast Conference team to visit the Naval Academy in 26 years--shot 60 percent from the field.
"They schooled us," Navy Coach Don DeVoe said. "Robert O'Kelley is as good as any guard I've seen in my college career. We had no answer for him."
The Midshipmen fell to 0-2 for the first time since the 1992-93 season, when they finished 8-19, and dropped a home opener for the first time in five years. The loss was the worst since a 34-point setback to Rutgers in 1967.
Wake Forest (2-0) led by 39 points in the second half, holding Navy's starters to 17 points and forcing 12 turnovers.
"I think it was a function of constant pressure and staying at them," Wake Forest Coach Dave Odom said. "It was just a constant 40 minutes of pressure."
Wake Forest pushed the tempo, scoring the first eight points and extending its lead to 15-5 after the first five minutes. Navy answered with a 6-0 run to pull to 21-18, but that would be as close as it would get.
With their starting five unable to generate any offense, combining for seven points in the first half, the Midshipmen quickly found themselves down 46-29 after Wake Forest ended the half with nine straight points.
A 13-0 run midway through the second half, in which Navy went scoreless for 5 minutes 54 seconds, extended the lead to 67-39.
Reserve guard Jahiel Lewis led Navy with 15 points. No other Midshipmen scored more than seven. Guard John Williams, who scored 17 in the opener against Rice, was held scoreless.
Wake Forest, meanwhile, used multiple offensive weapons, including reserve guard Craig Dawson, who had 17 points and was 7 of 8 shooting, and forward Darius Songaila (14 points).
To DeVoe, it was simply a case of not having enough weapons. "I think Wake Forest is an extremely advanced team," he said. "I can't imagine that there are many teams in the country at this point that can do more than they can."
VIRGINIA TECH 59, WILLIAM & MARY 57: Dennis Mims scored 17 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead Virginia Tech to the victory in Williamsburg.
Mims was 7 of 11 shooting and hit 3 of 4 free throws for the Hokies. Of his eight rebounds, six were offensive.
The Tribe (1-1) led late in the second half but couldn't hold off the Hokies (1-0). Virginia Tech shot only 12 of 23 from the free throw line and got no points from its bench. The Hokies hit just 3 of 14 three-point attempts.
Tony Dobbins (Maret) scored 14 for the Hokies, making 2 of 4 shots from three-point range.