BOSTON (AP) — Wake Forest quickly focused on Boston College after its second straight lopsided loss.
It showed with a relatively easy win.
Travis McKie scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and C. J. Harris had 15 points to lead Wake Forest to a 71-56 win over Boston College on Saturday.
Coming in with three straight league losses — two by double digits — the Demon Deacons jumped ahead early and fought off a few spirited runs by Boston College.
"We immediately — after our game against Duke — when we were in our locker room in Cameron we talked about Boston College," Wake Forest coach Jeff Bzdelik said. "This game was our Super Bowl. Not for any other reason than because it was our next game."
Ty Walker added 11 rebounds, six blocks and six points for the Demon Deacons (11-8, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). Harris chipped in with five assists and McKie added three blocked shots.
The Demon Deacons held the Eagles to 31.1 percent shooting (19 of 61) and had 10 blocked shots.
Ryan Anderson paced Boston College (7-12, 2-3) with 13 points and Lonnie Jackson had 12. The Eagles have dropped two straight.
Wake Forest had lost its last two league games by double digits — getting beat by 36 points against North Carolina State last Saturday and by 18 at No. 4 Duke on Thursday.
"Last Saturday, at this time, it was doom and gloom," Bzdelik said. "Today was joy. Who knows what next Saturday will bring. We're still a young team, much like Boston College is. It's a work in progress."
The Demon Deacons looked ready from the start against Boston College, pulling to a 13-point lead late the first half. They saw it sliced to three twice in the opening five minutes of the second before they took charge with a 12-2 spurt to open a 52-40 edge.
McKie had the first two baskets of the spree and capped it with a 3 from the left wing with 8:59 to play.
"We knew who won the first punch was going to win the game," McKie said. "We wanted to push the ball inside."
The Eagles closed the margin to nine points four times over the next 6 minutes, but Wake Forest scored seven straight points to make it 69-52 on McKie's jumper with 2:35 left.
BC missed 17 of 21 shots from beyond the arc in the game.
"I thought Wake had a calmness that they hadn't had at all times this year," Eagles coach Steve Donahue said. "It remained down the stretch."
The Demon Deacons led by eight at the half, but BC scored nine of the first 13 points, narrowing it to 38-35 on Lonnie Jackson's jumper from the top of the key with 15:24 to play.
In the first half, Wake Forest controlled play in the lane early, getting a number of easy looks to open a 15-7 edge on Carson Desrosiers' jam 7:12 into the game.
The Eagles closed the gap to five before Demon Deacons went on an 11-3 run over a 4:43 stretch, pulling to a 31-20 lead on Walkers' foul-line jumper. BC then scored eight of the final 11 points, closing it to 34-26 at halftime.
The Eagles shot just 28.6 percent in the first half (8 of 28) and missed 10 of 11 from beyond the 3-point line.
BC reserve guard John Cahill missed the game with a shoulder injury. He's expected to be out another week.
The Eagles beat Wake Forest twice in four days last year — the regular season finale and in the opening round of the ACC tourney.