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(18) WAKE FOREST 86, YALE 61

11/29/2003

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) -- Jamal Levy made sure Wake Forest didn't
let up against Yale.

Levy led four Wake Forest players in double figures with 19
points as the No. 18 Demon Deacons rolled to a 86-61 victory over
Yale on Saturday before 4,031 at the Arena at Harbor Yard.

Levy also had a game-high seven rebounds for Wake Forest, which
had 11 team steals and forced 20 turnovers.

Justin Gray added 15 points, Eric Williams 12 and Vytas Danelius
10 for the Demon Deacons, who shot 33-for-66 from the field.

"I thought we played very hard today," Wake Forest coach Skip
Prosser said. "We were fighting for every rebound and every loose
ball. We paid great attention to the basketball today."

Wake Forest, off to a 3-0 start for the fifth straight year,
hosts Indiana on Tuesday in the ACC/Big Ten challenge. The Demon
Deacons have been ranked in the Top 25 for 15 consecutive weeks
under Prosser.

Yale (3-2) gave No. 1 Connecticut a scare in its season opener
12 days earlier before succumbing 70-60. On Saturday, the Bulldogs
couldn't solve Wake Forest's suffocating defense.

"We know Yale is an NCAA-caliber team and we expected an NCAA
tournament caliber game," said Gray, a 6-foot-2 sophomore guard.
"We knew they would give us their best shot.

"They gave UConn their best shot and we knew they'd give us a
good fight. But we were up for the fight and gave them a knockout
blow early before making the first run of the second half."

Dominick Martin led Yale with 15 points, and Edwin Draughan
added 11.

"If (Wake Forest) does what they did tonight in terms of
execution it's going to be hard to beat them," Yale coach James
Jones said. "They are certainly a team to be reckoned with in the
ACC and the NCAA tournament."

Yale had won three straight since its loss to UConn, but Jones
was discouraged by his team's inability to handle Wake Forest's
pressure defense.

"I was real disappointed that we didn't step up and handle
pressure," Jones said. "We backed down from it. We turned the
ball over and threw the ball out of bounds on the first couple of
possessions and it set a terrible tone for the basketball game.

"We're a much better basketball team than that but we didn't
prove it today. Wake Forest is a very good basketball team but
nobody is 26 points better than us."

Wake Forest took a 41-27 lead into the break when Justin Gray
made a 3-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer.

"Without question, that was deflating for their kids," Prosser
said.

The Demon Deacons forced 13 Yale turnovers in the first half and
had eight steals. Yale hung tough early despite the sloppy play,
trailing 27-20 on a Casey Hughes 3-pointer with 5:18 remaining.

"Playing strong defense was our game plan today," said Levy, a
6-9 junior forward. "The coaching staff told us we had to take
away their passing lanes. We did a good job of that and forcing
turnovers."

The lead grew to 20 points as Wake Forest scored the first six
points of the second half, capped by a Gray jumper that made it
47-27 with 18:48 remaining.

The lead grew to a game-high 29 points for Wake Forest when
Danelius made two free throws for a 65-36 advantage with 12:42
left.