The two Plumlee brothers weren't the only Blue Devil players getting in on the act inside either. Kyle Singler, who had been struggling with his jump shooting for the last few weeks, spent a majority of his time returning to the role of face up big forward. The change in strategy appeared to work as the junior logged his best game of the season with 21 points and 15 rebounds.
Such an effort from the interior attack was needed as the Deacons entered the game focused on containing Duke's leading scorer - Jon Scheyer. It was one thing Wake did accomplish, holding Scheyer to just 3-of-11 shooting from the field and nine points. It was the only time this season the senior guard failed to reach double figures.
Backcourt running mate Nolan Smith also struggled against a Wake Forest defense that entered the game leading the conference in perimeter defense. Despite hitting his final three shot attempts, Smith hit just 6-of-17 from the field.
Wake Forest took the lead midway through the first half with an 11-2 spurt to push the score to 32-28 in favor of the Deacons with just under seven minutes remaining. From there the Blue Devils responded with an 18-6 to end the half that was capped when Scheyer came off a screen to knock down his only three of the game from the corner to leave the game 46-38 at the half.
In the second Duke would once again withstand a charge from the Deacons as Al-Farouq Aminu and Chas McFarland spurred their team on a 17-5 run to tie the game at 55. From there Duke would take over thanks to a sequence that saw Singler knock down a three and Scheyer convert a three point play. Then, as Mason Plumlee was going to the rim, he was intentionally fouled by Ismael Smith. The resulting free throws and a jumper by Lance Thomas were capped by a three from Nolan Smith to make it a 13 point game. Wake would get no closer.
The Blue Devils will travel to Raleigh Wednesday night to face North Carolina State in search of their first true road victory of the season.