Mejia leads DePaul to upset over No. 16 Wake Forest
Winston-Salem, NC (Sports Network) – Sammy Mejia scored 24 points and pulled
down seven rebounds to pace the DePaul Blue Demons to an 84-81 win over 16th-
ranked Wake Forest at Lawrence Joel Coliseum.
Draelon Burns contributed 22 points, five boards and four assists while Wesley
Green added 13 points and six rebounds for DePaul (5-3), which snapped the
Demon Deacons’ 21-game homecourt winning streak.
Eric Williams scored 24 points and had seven rebounds while Trent Strickland
and Justin Gray added 12 points apiece for Wake Forest (7-2), which lost at
home for the first time since March 6, 2004 versus NC State.
Down by four at the intermission, Wake tied the game at 46-46 early in the
second quarter after two free throws by Williams. However, Green’s jumper with
11:47 left pushed DePaul’s lead to 57-50.
Wake drew back within five at 61-56 with 8:50 to play after two more free
throws from Williams, but a three-point play by Green with just under six
minutes remaining gave DePaul a 67-57 advantage.
That lead grew to 78-67 with 2:53 left to play, but the Demon Deacons went on
an 11-2 run, capped by Michael Drum’s three-pointer, with 47 seconds left to
pull within 80-78.
But Mejia calmly sank a turnaround jumper with 13 seconds left, then sank two
free throws after securing the rebound on Wake’s missed three-pointer to give
the Blue Demons an 84-78 lead.
Gray hit a three-pointer from the top of the key as time expired for the final
Both teams played a tightly-contested first half that featured eight ties.
Wake Forest held its largest lead of the half at 27-23 after Harvey Hale sank
a three-pointer with 8:29 left in the opening frame.
DePaul, though, took a 44-40 lead into the locker room.
Wake Forest fell to 5-1 at home this season and had owned the fifth-longest
home winning streak in the nation. Wake had also won 51 of its last 52 non-
conference tilts at home…The Blue Demons have now won three games in a row
and four of their last five overall…DePaul earned its first-ever win over
Wake Forest (1-2)…The two schools last met in the 1984 NCAA Tournament, a
game won by Wake Forest, 73-71, in overtime.