Saturday, March 11, 2006

The slipper doesn't fit, Wake's season over


Wake Forest 66, Duke 78

For Wake Forest, their season is over, and for Duke, it's business as usual as they head to yet another ACC Championship game.

Duke used a 9-0 run at the 8-minute mark to pull away from Wake Forest and take a 14-point lead. No one Devil really stood out in this game. I'm not saying no one on Duke played well because that's not true at all. Greg Paulus might very well have had a career day in Greensboro, but you can't overlook the contributions of Josh McRoberts, Shelden Williams or J.J. Redick either.

McRoberts dunks including a follow-up dunk on a missed Redick three really ignited the Duke crowd and gave the team energy I have not seen in five games.

Also, Shelden Williams was phenomenal for Duke down low and took away the post from Eric Williams late in the ballgame.

It was a pedestrian game for Redick, meaning he still led the team in scoring but not by as many as usual.

For Wake Forest, it was a heck of a run. The team was not expected to last past 3pm Thursday and here they are on Saturday battling Duke blow for blow for nearly the entire game. Justin Gray and Eric Williams may not play another game in a Wake Forest uniform, but their play during this tournament should speak volumes to the sscouts out there. I can't say for sure whether they will find homes in the NBA after this season but they are great college players and an NBA team would be wise to take a chance on them.

Final game stat leaders:

Wake Forest
Points - Eric Williams - 23 pts
Rebounds - Eric Williams - 12 rbs
Assists - Justin Gray - 6 ast

Duke
Points - J.J. Redick - 20 pts
Rebounds - Josh McRoberts - 8 rbs
Assists - Greg Paulus - 5 ast

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