Deacons Lose Exhibition On Buzzer-Beater

Donte Quinine hit a 30-footer as the final buzzer sounded to lead Athletes in Action to a 77-75 exhibition victory over host Wake Forest Saturday night at Lawrence Joel Coliseum.

Quinine's three-pointer came immediately after Wake Forest appeared to have the game in hand. Deacon freshman Chris Paul drove the length of the court and made an off-balance lay-up to tie the score, 75-75, with two seconds remaining. The rookie from Lewisville (NC) was fouled on the play and calmly sank the free throw to give Wake the 76-75 lead.

Quinine's heroics came on a night of remarkable three-point shooting by Athletes in Action. AIA made 17-of-29 three-point field goals. Former Penn State standout Joe Crispin sank 8-of-12 three-pointers en route to a game-high 28 points. Reed Rawlings made 4-of-8 three-pointers.

Paul started in place of junior Taron Downey, who sat on the sidelines after undergoing an appendectomy last Wednesday night.

Sophomore Justin Gray led Wake Forest with 15 points. Paul and sophomore Eric Williams added 14 points each and sophomore Trent Strickland came off the bench for 11 points.

Wake Forest out-rebounded AIA 45-30, but the Deacons shot just 38.5 percent from the field.

The Demon Deacons trailed by 10 points (60-50) with 10 minutes remaining, but chipped away at the lead until Paul's bucket with two seconds left gave them the lead.

Wake Forest, which went 1-1 in exhibition play, opens the regular season Thursday night against Memphis in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York.

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