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Saturday, January 15, 2005

Deacs win

Wake Forest 95, UNC 82

Box score and game summary

Early observations:

The score was not indicative of the competitiveness of this game between two very athletic teams. Chris Paul and Raymond Felton were both awesome, although Felton's shooting was off as he went only 5-18 from the field, while Paul was 8-18.

Carolina was consistently beaten inside. Chris Ellis made two key plays: the putback after his own missed dunk (when he grabbed the ball while still in the air) and when he scored on a loose ball under the basket, putting the lead back up to 10 with a little over seven minutes left.

Jackie Manuel did a good job on Justin Gray, but rendered himself ineffective, grabbing only two rebounds and fouling out with seven minutes left.

But here's the key for Carolina: In a game where he was hampered with foul trouble, Rashad McCants still scores 19 on 8-12 shooting.

Marvin Williams continues to impress with 15 points and 7 rebounds.

Huge statistic: The Deacs were perfect from the foul line, going 32-32 a considerable improvement over the 18-35 shooting vs. Maryland. The Heels weren't bad, going 21-26.

We'll throw this out just for the hell of it: Would Carolina take Wake in a theoretical regular season rematch in Chapel Hill?