No. 16 Wake Forest Upset By NC State 73-68
Feb 4, 2004
By AARON BEARD
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Marcus Melvin had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and North Carolina State rallied from an 18-point deficit to upset No. 16 Wake Forest 73-68 Wednesday night.
Julius Hodge scored 18 points for the Wolfpack (13-5, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), while Scooter Sherrill added 16. N.C. State improved to 11-0 at the RBC Center.
Justin Gray scored 15 of his 17 points in the first half to lead the Demon Deacons (13-5, 4-4), who have lost five of seven since starting the season 11-0.
Wake Forest overwhelmed the Wolfpack's defense in the first half, shooting 59 percent to take a 46-30 lead at the break.
But the Wolfpack played better defense in the second half, tightening up on the perimeter and slowing the Demon Deacons' up-tempo attack. After seeming to score from everywhere on the court in the first half, Wake Forest struggled to 16 points in the first 15 minutes of the second half.
Wake Forest shot just 24 percent after the break.
The Deacons led 62-56 on a free throw from Williams, but the Wolfpack responded with an 11-1 run by taking the ball to the hole and getting to the free-throw line.
Sherrill, a senior, came through with eight straight points that put N.C. State ahead to stay. After a three-point play from Melvin, Sherrill drained a 3 off a turnover to tie it at 62 with 4:41 to play.
He followed with two free throws for N.C. State's first lead at 64-62 with 3:46 left. Then, after a free throw from Jamaal Levy, Sherrill scored on a putback and completed the three-point play for a 67-63 lead with 3:02 left.
The Demon Deacons closed that gap to 67-66 with two free throws from
Williams, but Melvin responded with a 3 off a feed from Hodge with 29.8 seconds
left. Melvin and Hodge then went 3-for-4 from the line to seal it.
The Demon Deacons got off to a quick start, hitting their first five shots to take a seven-point lead in the first four minutes. They increased that lead by knocking down open looks off good ball movement.
The Demon Deacons got contributions from everywhere. Whether slamming it over Jordan Collins or hitting a turnaround shot over Ilian Evtimov, Williams controlled the inside before going to the bench with two fouls.
Gray, meanwhile, hit from just about everywhere. He also found Taron Downey for an open 3 that gave Wake Forest its largest lead at 46-28 with 1:26 left in the half.
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