WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- The fans didn't storm the court and
Wake Forest's players didn't go wild in celebration. Suddenly,
beating Duke (No. 6 ESPN/USA Today, No. 4 AP) has become routine.
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Chris Paul scored 23 points and Wake Forest withstood a flurry
of late 3-pointers to hang on for a 92-89 victory over Duke on Wednesday night.
The seventh-ranked Demon Deacons (18-3, 6-2 Atlantic Coast
Conference) have now beaten Duke (16-2, 6-2) three straight
times at home.
"It's not a crazy, unbelievable upset anymore when we beat a
North Carolina or a Duke," Paul said. "That's because we know we
can beat anyone as long as we just treat them like anyone else.
Don't get too up, don't get on a high horse, just treat them like
any other team and we can play with them."
For most of the game, the Demon Deacons appeared headed toward
an easy victory as they built a 14-point lead.
But J.J. Redick made a trio of 3-pointers in the final 2:14 and
Sean Dockery also hit one as Duke cut it to 90-89 with 3 seconds to
"His desire to win could not have been exemplified in any
higher fashion, he was magnificent," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski
said, referring to Redick. "His demeanor was the key to bringing
The Blue Devils had to foul and sent Taron Downey to the line
with 2 seconds left. For Downey, it was flashbacks to a Jan. 18
game at Florida State when he missed a free throw that would have
won the game in regulation. Instead, it went to overtime and the
"I thought about Florida State, I'm not going to lie," Downey
said. "I just stood up there and said, `Please don't let them be
short, let them go in."
Both did to make it 92-89. Duke had one last chance, but
Redick's off-balance 3 fell short at the buzzer -- denying Duke a
much-needed quality win.
"Actually, I thought it was going to bank in for sure," Redick
said. "I just left it a little short."
Eric Williams, the ACC player of the week, finished with 19
points and 13 rebounds for Wake Forest. Justin Gray had 16 points
and Vytas Danelius had 12.
Redick finished with 33 points and made five 3s in 13 attempts.
Duke came into the game with a better record and a higher
ranking. But aside from wins over Oklahoma and at North Carolina
State, the Blue Devils have yet to fully prove themselves this
A win at Wake Forest would have been a step in the right
Instead, the Demon Deacons used tough defense and strong outside
shooting to move to 11-0 at home. Wake Forest forced 13 turnovers --
eight were steals -- had five blocks and outrebounded Duke 44-37.
The Blue Devils have been short on depth most of the season
because of injuries and are limiting Shavlik Randolph's playing
time as he slowly returns from a bout with mononucleosis. But their
bench got even shorter in this one when Daniel Ewing fouled out
with 7:22 to play after scoring just five points in 16 minutes.
"We need Daniel to play more and better," Krzyzewski said. "I
am really surprised that we had an opportunity to win without
Once Ewing was out, Wake Forest was able to open a 14-point
lead, but Redick pulled the Blue Devils back into it with his late
Wake Forest opened up the game early in the second half with an
explosive run led by Paul.
With the Demon Deacons leading just 50-49, Eric Williams started
the spurt with a basket before Paul scored on three quick
possessions. After two jumpers, Paul stole the ball from Redick
under the basket, then scrambled up the court to fire an open
3-pointer for a 59-49 lead.
The game seesawed through most of the first half until Wake
Forest's Trent Strickland was called for a technical foul for
hanging on the rim on a missed dunk with 6:04 to play.
Redick hit the ensuing free throws to tie it at 30, but the call
seemed to charge up the Deacons. Downey fired up a 3 for Wake
Forest, then Paul jumped onto Ewing in a scrum for a loose ball.
Things got testy on the floor, with players from both teams clawing
after the ball until the officials separated them.
It led to a lengthy replay review of the battle, with Ewing and
Paul each getting called with offsetting technical fouls.
"It was a scrum, and I don't think it should have been a
technical," Ewing said. "Players came in from all over, so for me
and Paul to get a technical, I don't think we did anything to
The call sent the Demon Deacons on a tear and it sent Ewing to
the bench for Duke with his third foul. In his absence, Wake Forest
rolled out to a nine-point lead following four straight free throws
from Eric Williams before DeMarcus Nelson hit a 3 for Duke to cut
the Deacons' halftime lead to 45-39.
"They reacted better than us after the scuffle," Redick said.
"And Daniel picked up the foul. That's it."
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