Wake Forest Vs. Winston Salem State !!!

Did anybody see this Wake up one with 24 seconds left

Final Wake 88 WSSU 84

Seems like they have a lot more problems going on over there Go Rams!

Coach Philip Stitt of W-S State was interviewed on FOX8 during the 6pm newscast. The Rams were playing without their top 2 returning players last night.

[B]Deacons hang on
Division II WSSU has impressive showing against Wake Forest in Twin City Shootout[/B]
By Dan Collins, Winston-Salem Journal Reporter

Winston-Salem State would love to extend its series with Wake Forest into the regular season next year, after the Rams move from Division II of the NCAA to Division I.

Last night’s performance at Joel Coliseum probably didn’t help those chances.

As Apollo Creed told underdog Rocky Balboa at the end of the movie Rocky, “There ain’t going to be no rematch.”

In a Twin City Shootout that certainly lived up to its name, Wake Forest deflected a determined upset bid to beat the Rams 88-84 in a game that wasn’t settled until Justin Gray made two free throws with 6.2 seconds left.

Even with the Rams’ two leading scorers from last year - Alleggrie Guinn and Audly Wehner - sitting out because of suspension and injury, the result was a far cry from Wake Forest’s 89-61 rout a year ago.

“They were shocked a little bit,” Corey Parker of the Rams said. “A couple of guys were asking us what we were dong playing strong and playing so well.”

The Deacons never lost the lead from the time Michael Drum, a walk-on who started along with Justin Gray, Trent Strickland, Kyle Visser and Eric Williams, drilled a 3-point shot for a 65-64 edge with 10:04 left. But the Rams wouldn’t go away, and pulled as close as 84-83 when Darrell Wonge sank a deep 3-point shot over Williams with 28 seconds remaining.

Williams said that the game was too close for comfort.

“It got kind of scary,” Williams said.

Coach Philip Stitt of Winston-Salem State pointed out his team’s psychological advantage over an ACC team expected to win, and win big. But the Rams chased the Deacons to the wire by hitting 10 of 21 3-point shots on a night when the Deacons made only 4 of 23.

Wake Forest survived a cold shooting night by Gray (1 for 9 on 3-point attempts) by getting 11 field goals on 12 attempts from Williams, who finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds in 32 minutes.

“Wake Forest is like any other team in the country, and no different from our kids,” Stitt said. "They’re in here playing a Division II team and that’s probably the hardest job you’ve got to do as a coach, is convince them that these guys are good and that they can compete.

“And then to know that basically we had two All-American candidates sitting over there in suits. It becomes psychological. I don’t think it’s an indication of us right now, of how good we can be. And the same thing with Wake.”

Parker, a transfer from Campbell, led the Rams with 21 points, Curtis Hines scored 12 and point guard Roy Peake finished with 10 points, six assists and two turnovers. Gray made 8 of 8 free throws to score 15 points, Drum scored 13 and Kyle Visser contributed 12 points, seven rebounds and five blocks.

Though decidedly smaller, the Rams gave Wake Forest fits by driving into the lane and kicking out for open 3-point shots. Hines made 4 of 9 from beyond the arc and Peak drilled 2 of 3.

The Deacons responded by falling back into a zone for one stretch of the second half.

“They were able to beat us off the bounce,” said Coach Skip Prosser of Wake Forest. "So the penetration caused help and that gave them some open looks.

“But to their credit, they made 10 of them. We had some wide-open looks and we didn’t make 10 threes.”

The Deacons, by pounding the Rams inside, cruised to a 26-15 lead in the first 11 minutes. Parker then scored a driving basket, and Hines hit back-to-back 3-point shots to spark a 15-0 run that carried the Rams to a 30-26 lead.

Although Wake Forest led 42-41 at halftime, another 6-0 surge gave WSSU a 64-59 lead with 12 1/2 minutes remaining.

The Deacons responded with 12 straight points for a lead they would manage to hold.

In last night’s first game, the Wake Forest women shot 66 percent in the second half on the way to a 97-43 victory over Winston-Salem State.

Cotelia Bond-Young of the Deacons scored 14 of her game-high 21 points in the second half and teammate Deirdre Naughton had with 19 points. Candice Saunders led Winston-Salem State with 10 points.

Leading 35-27 at half, the Deacons outscored the Rams 21-6 in the first 6 1/2 minutes of the second half.

It is anybody’s game when the 3-point shots are falling.
We know all to well, live and die by it.

Even if Wake would have lost it wouldn’t be that big of a deal. It’s exhibiton.

Although it would be quite embarrasing… hehe

Their WSSU game thread was a most interesting read. They are in meltdown mode, completely frustrated over not having a real PG. Frosh F Kevin Swinton didnt play because of the paintball incident, so they have that going for them.

Things I saw there:

  • Making Justin Gray play the point ruins his ability to shoot.
  • They have no bench depth
  • they dont shoot FTs well
  • they dont play defense
  • Louisville eeked out a 7pt victory over a DII school
  • Cincy also struggled

and numeorus sig worthy gems if we were playing them soon instead of in February. Example:

6th Man

Official Winston-Salem State Game Thread
Posted: 11/3/05 8:34:58 pm

i picked the wrong day to quit sniffing glue.

Official Winston-Salem State Game Thread
Posted: 11/3/05 8:35:25 pm