January 3, 2001 |
Darius Songaila helped Lithuania to a bronze medal in the Olympics. He looks ready to help fourth-ranked Wake Forest challenge for the Atlantic Coast Conference championship. The unbeaten Demon Deacons rolled over previously undefeated and eighth-ranked Virginia, 96-73, Tuesday night at Winston-Salem, N.C., in the conference opener for both teams. And it was another big guy who led the way as Wake Forest (12-0) scored its most points against Virginia (10-1) since 1968.
November 16, 1997 |
After watching No. 2-ranked Florida State dismantle his Demon Deacons, 58-7, Saturday at Tallahassee, Fla., Wake Forest Coach Jim Caldwell said, "They just simply smothered us in so many different situations." Florida State, 10-0 overall and 8-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, has won 10 or more games in 11 straight seasons, extending its NCAA record. The Seminoles have also won 21 consecutive regular-season games dating to the final game of the 1995 season at Florida.
January 25, 2001 |
Wake Forest Coach Dave Odom believed he had to make a choice of how to defend No. 2-ranked Duke for Wednesday night's Atlantic Coast Conference game at Durham, N.C. He made the wrong decision. Jason Williams, playing on a sprained foot but able to get numerous uncontested shots, scored 27 points as Duke relied on its three-point shooting for an 85-62 victory over No. 9 Wake Forest. "We have the ability on this team to hit a lot of killer shots," Duke's Shane Battier said. No need to remind Odom.
February 13, 1997 |
Wednesday night's Atlantic Coast Conference game between No. 2-ranked Wake Forest andNo. 7 Clemson figured to be a rough one, with both teams being known for hard-nosed defensive play. Officials, however, seemed content to let it get really physical as players were knocked around like bowling pins, going to the floor 20 times. Wake Forest eventually won this battle for survival of the fittest, 55-49, to improve its overall record to 20-2 and keep sole possession of first place in the ACC at 9-2.
November 23, 2004 |
Wake Forest celebrated the school's first appearance at No. 1 in the Associated Press men's basketball poll with a 99-72 victory over Yale on Monday at Winston-Salem, N.C. Chris Paul, Eric Williams and Kyle Visser each scored 15 points to lead the Demon Deacons (3-0). Casey Hughes' 20 points led Yale (1-2). Paul said the ranking was an honor but that playing as the No. 1 team felt like "business as usual." "We're only three games into the season," he added, "so it really doesn't mean much."
February 10, 1997 |
Top-ranked Kansas bounced back from its only loss of the season, and No. 2 Wake Forest avoided a loss to Missouri, the team that defeated the Jayhawks. Raef LaFrentz scored 21 points, and Jacque Vaughn and Paul Pierce led a key run at the start of the second half as the Jayhawks withstood Dedric Willoughby's career-high 36 points and defeated No. 6 Iowa State, 69-62, on Sunday at Ames, Iowa.
November 5, 2006 |
Wake Forest Coach Jim Grobe had tried all week to keep everyone calm as the Demon Deacons prepared to play one of the biggest games in school history. But as students tried to tear down the goal posts and his players hooted and hollered in the locker room, Grobe finally loosened up. "It's time to dream a little bit," Grobe said. Kevin Marion had an 81-yard touchdown run and Patrick Ghee intercepted a pass in the end zone with under a minute left Saturday night as No. 22 Wake Forest held off No.
February 26, 2006 |
Things sure were a lot more fun for Justin Gray and Eric Williams last year -- or any year, for that matter. The inside-outside tandem from Skip Prosser's first recruiting class thrived from the start at Wake Forest. As freshmen, they helped the Demon Deacons win an Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title. Two years later, they joined All-American point guard Chris Paul to lead Wake Forest to the program's first No. 1 ranking.
November 17, 2000
Wake Forest unveiled an arsenal of athletic and speedy players in the opening round of the Black Coaches Assn. Classic and defeated Mount St. Mary's, 108-61, at Winston Salem, N.C. The Deamon Deacons, ranked No. 18, will play Air Force, which beat Houston, 59-53, in tonight's title game. Minnesota agreed to mediate the lawsuit filed against former Coach Clem Haskins to recover much of the $1.5 million it paid him last year to buy out his contract, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported.
May 5, 2002 |
Julie McKenna, the four-time Marmonte League individual girls' golf champion from Newbury Park, has committed to Wake Forest. McKenna, who represented Southern California on the victorious Junior America's Cup team last summer, joins a Demon Deacon squad that is ranked No. 20 in the nation. Other signings: * Katie McElree, who averaged 21.5 points while leading Apple Valley to the Southern Section Division III-AA championship game, has signed with Cal State Bakersfield.