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Deacons put end to Duke's mastery

©Associated Press

February 14, 2003


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- It took six years and 15 tries for Wake Forest to beat Duke, and then it took two overtimes.

Vytas Danelius scored 20 and matched a career high with 14 rebounds as the 15th-ranked Demon Deacons snapped a 14-game losing streak to the Blue Devils with a 94-80 win Thursday night.

Before the game, the Wake Forest locker room was as silent as could be.

"When a team is as quiet as we were it means one of two things: either you're scared or you're ready," coach Skip Prosser said. "We were ready.

"It's one thing to tell them, 'Hey listen, it's Duke, a Hall of Fame coach, terrific, terrific players, but they don't dress in a phone booth. They're not Superman.' But until you beat them, it's really just coachspeak. Our guys were determined that if we were going down we were going down swinging."

The Demon Deacons (17-3, 7-2) stayed in first place in the ACC, a half-game ahead of No. 16 Maryland.

The No. 8 Blue Devils (16-4, 6-4) lost their fourth straight ACC road game for the first time since 1996, shooting 31.5 percent.

Danelius scored all five of Wake Forest's points in the first overtime and four in the second to help the Demon Deacons beat Duke for the first time since January 1997, when Tim Duncan was a senior.

"It's a good feeling to be tired," said Danelius, one of three players to log 45 minutes.

Eight players fouled out in a game that saw 64 fouls. Trent Strickland, one of the freshest players left on the court, scored 10 in the second OT. Jamaal Levy added 15 points and 13 rebounds.

Neither team led by more than three over the final 8:38 of regulation, and both had a shot to win in the final seconds before going to OT tied at 69.

NO. 22 CAL 63, WASH. ST. 53: Joe Shipp scored 20 and Brian Wethers had 16 as the Bears (17-4, 10-2 Pac-10) scored the final nine points for their 16th straight home victory. Cal, off to its best start since 1960, withstood a late rally by the Cougars (5-16, 0-12) and never trailed.

NO. 24 STANFORD 78, WASH. 69: Julius Barnes scored 21 of his 29 in the second half as the Cardinal (18-6, 9-3 Pac-10) beat Washington for the 10th straight time at home. The Huskies (8-13, 3-9) fell to 1-7 on the road.

NO. 25 ST. JOSEPH'S 78, TEMPLE 59: Delonte West scored a career-high 32 and Pat Carroll got all of his career-best 24 on 3-pointers, leading the host Hawks over their crosstown rival. St. Joseph's (18-3, 8-2 Atlantic 10) swept the season series for the third time in 20 years. The Owls (7-13, 5-5) had won four of five.

C-USA

MEMPHIS 58, TULANE 57: John Grice hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the final 2:30 to lift the host Tigers (15-5, 6-3) past the Green Wave (11-11, 4-5).

State

JU 80, UCF 75: Kevin Sheppard scored 23 to lead the host Dolphins (11-12, 6-5 Atlantic Sun), who never trailed the Golden Knights (17-8, 9-3).

STETSON 81, FAU 78: E.J. Gordon scored 18 as the host Hatters (6-15, 4-8 Atlantic Sun) erased a 10-point deficit against the Owls (7-17, 3-9).

FIU 56, S. ALABAMA 46: Nikola Novakovic scored 13 to lead the Golden Panthers (7-15, 1-8 Sun Belt) past their host (11-12, 5-7).

NOVA SE 79, SAINT LEO 60: Brandon Weiss scored 27 to lead the host Knights (6-18) past the Lions (6-17).

Nation

ARIZ. ST. 108, USC 78: Curtis Millage had 15 of his 27 points in the second half to help the host Sun Devils (16-7, 8-4 Pac-10) blunt any attempt to rally by the Trojans (10-10, 5-6).

MICHIGAN: The school will appear before an eight-member NCAA committee today to discuss whether its self-imposed sanctions over a money laundering scandal are enough. Ed Martin pleaded guilty in May to loaning gambling money and other funds to former players. The Wolverines banned themselves from postseason play this season and forfeited 112 victories from five seasons.

W. NEW MEXICO: Former coach Joe Mondragon wants his job back after being fired last month for allegedly using a racial epithet in berating black players. Mondragon filed a notice with the state's Risk Management Division that he intends to sue for wrongful termination and other causes if officials don't give him a chance to tell his side of the story at a hearing.

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