Friday , Nov , 25 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Wake Forest cruises past Appalachian State

Winston-Salem, NC (Sports Network) – Trent Strickland poured in a career-high
25 points, as the 24th-ranked Wake Forest Demon Deacons defeated the
Appalachian State Mountaineers, 91-78, at Lawrence Joel Coliseum.

Justin Gray added 19 points and dished out a game-high eight assists for Wake
Forest (5-1), which has won three straight. Forward Eric Williams chipped in
14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. He also blocked three shots.

D.J. Thompson netted 20 points, including five three-pointers, for Appalachian
State (2-1), while P.L. Henderson and Nathan Cranford each scored 11 points.

The Demon Deacons now lead the all-time series at 19-0 and have won 20
consecutive games at home, giving them the fifth-longest current streak in
Division I.

Wake Forest jumped out quick on the Mountaineers, ripping off a 15-4 run to
open the game. Strickland scored seven points in that stretch for the Demon

Wake went up 15 points after Gray drilled a three-pointer with 3:55 remaining
in the first half, making the score 45-30. Gray finished the game 3-of-9 from
the three-point line.

The Demon Deacons led 53-37 heading into the break with Strickland and Gray
both scoring 14 points in the opening half. As a team, they shot 64.3 percent
from the floor and hit half of their 12 three-point shots.

Wake Forest continued to lead in the second half, and with 8:27 to go, Michael
Drum hit two free throws, giving the Demon Deacons a 75-60 advantage.

Appalachian State got to within 11 points at 77-66 after Jarvis Jackson and
Eduardo Bermudez hit back-to-back shots from beyond the arc with around seven
minutes to go in the game.

Harvey Hale hit a three with 3:53 remaining, giving the Demon Deacons back
their 15-point lead at 85-70 and ending any chance for the Mountaineers to
fight back. Wake extended that advantage to 18 points down the stretch.

Game Notes

Wake Forest scored a season-high points…The Deacons have out-rebounded all
six opponents this season. They out-rebounded Appalachian State, 43-34…Wake
Forest has made at least one three-point field goal in 431 consecutive games.