Sunday , Feb , 15 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Frosh leads Wake to big non-conference win

=== Frosh leads Wake to big non-conference win ===

Winston-Salem, NC (Sports Network) – Chris Paul scored a career-high 30 points
and pulled down seven rebounds to lead 20th-ranked Wake Forest to a 91-85 win
over 13th-ranked Cincinnati at Lawrence Joel Coliseum.

Paul converted 10-of-14 shots from the field — including 3-of-3 from three-
point territory — and hit 7-of-7 foul shots for the Demon Deacons (15-6), who
earned their second straight victory. Justin Gray contributed 14 points.

“The best thing about Chris Paul is that he’s a stone-cold killer,” Wake
Forest head coach Skip Prosser said. “We are thrilled with the win.”

Tony Bobbitt finished with 23 points for the Bearcats (17-4), who suffered
their first loss in three games. Jason Maxiell posted 15 points while James
White added 12.

Eric Williams and Taron Downey both posted 12 points for Wake Forest, which
used a 20-3 flurry at the end of the first half to lead 47-42 at halftime.
Williams posted six of the points and Paul added five.

“[Wake Forest] made the shots,” Cincinnati head coach Bob Huggins said. “So
you have to give them all the credit.”

Huggins arrived late for this game because he is suffering from fatigue,
according to assistant athletic director Brian Teeter. A private plane brought
Huggins to North Carolina after he missed practice Friday and did not travel
with the team Saturday.

Wake Forest scored the initial four points of the second half to open a 52-42
advantage. Gray hit a three-point on its initial possession and Williams added
two foul shots less than three minutes into the second.

Cincinnati got within 58-54 on a three-pointer by Bobbitt less than seven
minutes into the second, but got no closer.

Midway through the second, a three-pointer by Vytas Danelius put the Deacons
ahead 68-55.

“This win gives us a lot of confidence,” said Paul, a freshman. “We played
together with great intensity.”

Paul scored eight early points to help the Deacons take a 14-5 advantage 5:07
into the first half.

Then Cincinnati used a 17-7 run to go ahead. Chadd Moore’s three-pointer
midway through the first put the team ahead 22-21. Maxiell scored eight points
during the surge, including a three-point play to cap it.

After a free throw by Williams got Wake Forest within 28-27, the Bearcats
reeled off 11 straight points. Two free throws by James White put them ahead
39-27 with 4:35 left in the half.