Paul helps send Duke to 3rd straight loss at Wake

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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Saturday

Georgia Tech

Feb. 9

North Carolina

Feb. 12

at Maryland

Feb. 17

at Virginia Tech

Feb. 20

Wake Forest

Feb. 23

at Georgia Tech

Feb. 26

at St. John's

March 3

Miami

March 6

at North Carolina

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

play.

"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

us back."

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

Deacons lost.

"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.

Shelden Williams had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Lee Melchionni

scored 13.

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

season.

A win at Wake Forest would have been a step in the right

direction.

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

Daniel."

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

baskets.

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

deserve that."

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."