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Deacons earn first Sweet Sixteen berth since 1996

Posted Saturday, March 20, 2004

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News And Notes From The Win Over Manhattan

Wake Forest's Win Today Gives The Deacons... ... a record of 21-9 overall ... a tie for the 12th-most single-season wins in school history ... an all-time NCAA Tournament record of 26-18 ... an 8-7 all-time record in the round of 32 and an end to their three-game second-round losing streak ... a Sweet Sixteen berth for the first time since 1996 ... a 4-2 NCAA Tournament record under coach Skip Prosser ... a 4-2 NCAA Tournament record as the No. 4 seed ... a 9-0 Tournament record against teams seeded 12th or lower ... a 5-4 all-time NCAA Tournament record in games played in North Carolina ... a 1-0 all-time series record against Manhattan ... an 11-6 all-time record against MAAC teams ... a 5-2 all-time record in the RBC Center ... a 3-1 record this season on neutral courts ... 46 wins over the last two seasons combined, tying for the fifth-most wins over a two-year span in school history ... 67 wins over the last three seasons combined, -- the fourth-most wins in a three-year span in school history ... 86 wins over the last four seasons combined ... an all-time record of 1,304-999

Miscellaneous Notes -- 14 of Wake's last 17 games have been decided by eight points or less -- Wake Forest has made a three-point field goal in 391 consecutive games -- Wake assistant media relations director Mike Vest celebrated a birthday today

Junior Taron Downey ... has made a three-point field goal in 19 of his last 20 games ... has made two or more three-point field goals in a game 14 times this season ... scored in double figures for the 16th time this season and the 38th time in his career

Junior Jamaal Levy ... his first point today was the 600th of his career ... Levy scored in double figures for the third straight game, the 16th time this season and the 29th time in his career

Junior Vytas Danelius ... made his first career NCAA Tournament three-point field goal ... ten of his 17 three-point field goals this season have come over his last six games ... has made three or more three-point field goals in a game just twice in his career -- today and Feb. 28 vs. Maryland (when he made a career-high four three-point field goals) ... scored in double figures for the first time since March 2nd at Virginia ... his 12 points were his third-highest output of the season ... fouled out for the first time since the season opener Nov. 13 vs. Memphis

Sophomore Justin Gray ... Gray has made a three-point field goal in 19 consecutive games and in 41 of his last 42 games ... Gray's second three-point field goal was the 128th of his career, passing Steven Goolsby for the sixth-most career three-pointers in school history ... was held to six points, the first time since Jan. 25, a span of 13 straight games.

Sophomore Eric Williams ... fouled out for the third straight game, the seventh time this season and the 12th time in his career

Sophomore Trent Strickland ... started for the second straight game and for the fifth time in his career

Freshman Chris Paul ...made his 30th start -- the fourth-most games started by a Wake Forest freshman ... played in his 30th game, tying for the 13th-most games played by a Demon Deacon freshman ... his second blocked shot tied a career high (he also had a pair of rejections Nov. 22 vs. Elon) ... the shortest player on the roster, Paul had both of Wake's first-half blocks ... scored in double figures for the fifth straight game and for the 19th time this season ... his second steal was his 80th -- the third-most single-season steals in Wake Forest history ... his 20th point gave him 72 points in three postseason games ... has scored 20 or more points in three straight games and in seven of his last 10 games ... has dished out at least four assists in every game since Jan. 10th ... his 30th minute played was his 1,000th this season -- only Frank Johnson (1,044 minutes in 1977) played more minutes as a Deacon freshman ... his eight rebounds set a new career high

 
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Deacons earn first Sweet Sixteen berth since 1996
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