Devils Dump Deacons 102-92

Duke seemed to be on the ropes heading into Sunday's game against Wake Forest. Having lost two straight games on subpar efforts, the Blue Devils rallied to thump the Demon Deacons 102-92 to stay within striking distance of the ACC Championship.

DURHAM, North Carolina (Ticker) -- If Duke is going to turn things around before March arrives, it will need to do so against one of the best.

The eighth-ranked Blue Devils return home from an 0-2 road trip to host No. 5 Wake Forest on Sunday in a critical Atlantic Coast Conference matchup.

The back-to-back setbacks dropped Duke to 8-4 in the ACC, two games behind the first-place duo of Wake Forest and North Carolina. After opening league play with four straight wins to improve to 15-0 overall, the Blue Devils have lost four of seven.

In a 67-65 loss to Virginia Tech on Thursday, Duke was outrebounded, 45-27, and was handed payback for a 35-point win over the Hokies on January 30.

J.J. Redick scored 19 points and Shelden Williams added 16 but the Blue Devils shot just 39 percent (23-of-59) and produced their lowest scoring total in conference play this season.

While Duke has slumped, Wake Forest has surged to the top of the league and planted itself in good shape for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

The Demon Deacons have won six straight and own their best record through 25 games since 1926-27 when they finished 22-3.

Chris Paul scored 13 points, had eight assists and grabbed six rebounds in a 68-63 win over Miami on Wednesday, Wake Forest's sixth straight road win.

Paul led the Demon Deacons to a 92-89 win over the Blue Devils on February 2 with 23 points, six assists and five steals. That victory was just the third in the last 18 meetings between the two schools for Wake Forest.


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