January 3, 2004 / vs. New Mexico
Wake Forest's victory today gives the Deacons... ... a 9-0 record overall, tying for the ninth-best start in school history ... 22 consecutive home court victories dating back to February of 2002 ... a spot among the 11 remaining undefeated Division I teams ... a 2-1 all-time record against New Mexico ... a 9-4 all-time mark against teams currently in the Mountain West Conference ... a record of 55-19 in three seasons under head coach Skip Prosser ... 74 wins over the last four seasons combined ... an all-time record in Joel Coliseum of 179-39, including a mark of 102-6 against non-conference teams ... an all-time record of 1,292-990 in Wake Forest basketball history
Sophomore Justin Gray ... has made at least one three-point field goal in 21 consecutive games ... scored in double figures for the 16th time in his last 17 games ... scored in double figures for 23rd time in 32 career game
Sophomore Eric Williams ... has scored in double figures in every game this season (he's the only Deacon player to do that this season) ... scored in double figures for the 22nd time in his two-year career ... blocked a season-high TWO shots ... made his 40th career start
Freshman Chris Paul ... scored in double figures for the sixth time in nine career games including five times in his last six games ... had a career-high number of three-point field goals (he previously had not made more than two three-pointers in one game) ... after failing to make a three-pointer in his first two career games, he has made at least one in seven consecutive games ... has recorded at least two steals in every game this season ... has already moved into ninth place in Wake Forest freshman history for assists (he entered the game with 49 assists, and with six today, passed both Muggsy Bogues and Robert O'Kelley) ... has already moved into seventh place in Wake freshman history for steals (he entered the game with 34 steals and today passed Sam Ivy and Tony Rutland) ... single-handedly led the Deacs in scoring for the first time in his career (he shared the team high with Eric Williams and Taron Downey with 17 points versus RIchmond).
Junior Taron Downey ... scored in double figures for the third straight game and for the fifth time overall this season ... scored in double figures for the 27th time in his three-year career
Junior Vytas Danelius ... missed his third consecutive game and his fourth game overall with a high ankle sprain (he has not played since Dec. 15 at SMU)
Miscellaneous Notes ... The Deacons trailed in the second half (46-47) for just the second time this season -- the UNC game was the other ... Wake Forest, which entered the game leading the nation in scoring, scored a season-low (previously 78 points at SMU) ... Wake Forest's first-half field goal percentage (.310) was its lowest in any half of any game this season (previous low was .379) ... Wake Forest's 28 first-half points were its fewest in any half of any game this season (previous low was 33) 220 ... The Deacons were out-rebounded for the first time since the season opener against Memphis on Nov. 13. The Deacs were out-rebounded just once last season, at Maryland (44-24). ... Today's nine-point win was the second-lowest margin of victory this season, behind the five-point win at North Carolina.