Deacons Lose Basketball Exhibition On Buzzer-Beater
Nov. 8, 2003
Donte Quinine hit a 30-footer as the final buzzer sounded to lead Athletes in Action to a 77-75 exhibition victory over host Wake Forest Saturday night at Lawrence Joel Coliseum.
Quinine's three-pointer came immediately after Wake Forest appeared to have the game in hand. Deacon freshman Chris Paul drove the length of the court and made an off-balance lay-up to tie the score, 75-75, with two seconds remaining. The rookie from Lewisville (NC) was fouled on the play and calmly sank the free throw to give Wake the 76-75 lead.
Quinine's heroics came on a night of remarkable three-point shooting by Athletes in Action. AIA made 17-of-29 three-point field goals. Former Penn State standout Joe Crispin sank 8-of-12 three-pointers en route to a game-high 28 points. Reed Rawlings made 4-of-8 three-pointers.
Paul started in place of junior Taron Downey, who sat on the sidelines after undergoing an appendectomy last Wednesday night.
Wake Forest out-rebounded AIA 45-30, but the Deacons shot just 38.5 percent from the field.
The Demon Deacons trailed by 10 points (60-50) with 10 minutes remaining, but chipped away at the lead until Paul's bucket with two seconds left gave them the lead.
Wake Forest, which went 1-1 in exhibition play, opens the regular season Thursday night against Memphis in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York.