Wake Forest survives at the N.I.T.

No. 1 Wake Forest used a 19-5 second half run to take the lead and then held off Arizona 63-60 to win the preseason N.I.T.

Mustafa Shakur had a chance to take the lead in the final seconds, but he missed a runner in the lane. Wake Forest's Eric Williams grabbed the rebound with 1.1 seconds left and made both free throws. Hassan Adams got off a last second desperation shot, but the two-pointer missed.

Arizona dominated the offensive glass and the turnover battle, but was outshot at the free throw line 25-3. After the game Lute Olson was critical of the all-ACC officiating crew.

"With the all-ACC crew we ended up shooting three free throws," said Olson. "I really think if it's going to be a 'national tournament' we need to make it a national tournament, not just a totally all East Coast officiating crew.

"We're not usually somebody that complains about that kind of thing, but I don't think it takes a Rhodes Scholar to figure out if you get three free throws and they get 25 that something is out of whack."

Arizona shot a paltry 32.1 percent from the field, but committed just eight turnovers. It held Wake Forest to just 42.6 percent.

Adams led the team with 19 points, but missed a number of shots he normally makes.

The story for Wake Forest was Justin Gray. The tournament MVP scored 21 points, overcoming a bad scoring night from All-American Chris Paul.

In fact, both point guards had bad shooting nights. Paul had just four points, while Shakur scored only two.

Salim Stoudamire scored 16 for the Wildcats, while Jawann McClellan came off the bench to score 11 and grab eight boards.

It is the first loss for Arizona at Madison Square Garden. It came in with a chance to win its fourth N.I.T.

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