WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Chase Fischer scored 15 points with a career-high five 3-pointers to help Wake Forest hold off High Point 71-60 on Wednesday night.
Freshmen Aaron Rountree and Tyler Cavanaugh added 11 points apiece for the Demon Deacons (4-4).
Wake Forest snapped a two-game losing streak, but there was nothing easy about this one. The Demon Deacons needed to make a late stand to avoid its first loss to High Point since 1934-35 -- and its 14th loss to a school from a non-BCS conference under third-year coach Jeff Bzdelik.
Freshman John Brown had 27 points and 10 rebounds, while Allen Chaney added 10 rebounds for the pesky Panthers (4-4). They only led once in the second half but kept things tight before fading in the final 5 minutes.
Brown put on quite a show in his eighth career game, reaching 20 points for the fourth time while finishing with his first double-double. His open-court dunk pulled them to 59-54 with just over 5 minutes remaining.
But High Point followed with four consecutive empty possessions while the Demon Deacons gradually rebuilt their lead. After Wake Forest's C.J. Harris beat the Panthers downcourt for a layup off an inbounds pass with 3 1/2 minutes left, and Rountree gave them their first double-figure lead with a free throw with 3:06 left that made it 64-54.
High Point didn't get closer than eight the rest of the way, and Fischer's dagger 3 with 1:20 left -- his fifth 3-pointer of the night -- put Wake Forest up 69-58.
Neither team led by more than six points until Devin Thomas put Wake Forest up 54-46 with just under 9 minutes remaining. That came during a 9-2 spurt midway through the half that gave the Demon Deacons at least a sliver of separation.
Brown single-handedly kept the Panthers in the game, scoring their first 10 points after the break, and his jumper with 16 1/2 minutes left gave them their only lead of the half at 35-34.
Fischer countered with a 3-pointer roughly 20 seconds later, and added another one 2 minutes after that to make it 40-37 and put the Demon Deacons ahead to stay.
Despite departures that will hurt the frontcourt depth, the Buckeyes return their top six scorers and will have experience in the starting lineup.
Ben Bentil said that he will remain in the NBA draft and said he is "ready for the next chapter in my life."
Christian Kessee, Coppin State's leading scorer last season, has officially transferred to Memphis. The school announced the move Friday.