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(5) WAKE FOREST 70, NEW MEXICO 61

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- The nation's highest scoring team
turned to its defense Saturday to remain unbeaten.

No. 6 Wake Forest overcame a miserable start, getting 18 points
from Chris Paul and forcing 19 turnovers in a 70-61 win over New
Mexico.

"Usually we're at our best when our defense creates our
offense," said Paul, who had five steals. "When we do that we're
one of the best teams in the country."

The Demon Deacons (9-0) extended their home winning streak to 22
and got strong play from Taron Downey, who scored 11 of his 13
points in the second half.

Eric Williams added 14 and Justin Gray 11 for the Demon Deacons,
who shot 58 percent in the second period. However, Wake Forest's
offense struggled for the first half.

"I told the players after the game that everybody expects them
to play like a No. 6 team," coach Skip Prosser said. "We have to
put that out of our minds and make Skip happy. If they make me
happy everything will take care of itself.

"It's not as if we started out the year saying, `1-2-3, let's
be No. 6," Prosser added. "We want to be as good as we can be
every game."

Meanwhile, the Lobos (7-4) saw their five-game winning streak
end and their road losing streak reach 19 games.

"I'm really impressed with Wake Forest," said New Mexico coach
Ritchie McKay. "They are a nightmare to prepare for because they
have such a balanced team."

Danny Granger had 19 points to lead New Mexico. Troy DeVries,
who had 12 in the opening 8{ minutes of the second half to keep his
team close, finished with 17.

The Demon Deacons started the second half 8-for-10, but still
couldn't shake the Lobos, who took a 47-46 lead when DeVries made a
reverse layup. It was only the second time in nine games Wake
Forest has trailed in the second half.

However, leading 59-55 with 4:24 left, Wake Forest got a
3-pointer from Gray, a 10-foot jumper by Jammal Levy and a layup by
Paul to get a working margin.

"They kept the pressure on," McKay said. "They are going to
make a run on you and you better have the audacity to believe that
you can handle the pressure. We didn't do that."

The Demon Deacons didn't get their first double-digit margin
until Paul made two free throws with 2:26 remaining and finished 22
points below their average.

"I love Chris Paul," McKay said. "He's a phenomenal player.
He might be the best guard I've seen since I've been a head
coach."

Meanwhile, New Mexico managed just 11 points over the final
8:16.

Wake Forest missed 17 of its first 22 shots and finished with
its worst shooting half of the season at 31 percent.

Still, New Mexico couldn't forge a first-half lead because of 13
turnovers and poor shooting. The Lobos averaged just 13.4 giveaways
a game during their recent winning streak.

Most of Wake Forest's early offense came from Paul, who hit four
3-pointers in the opening 14{ minutes.

Paul had taken just 23 3-pointers heading into Saturday's game,
but took six behind the arc against the Lobos.

"I've been getting in the gym a little early and working out
with the coaches and that's really helped because the more shots
you get up that builds confidence," Paul said.

An ankle injury kept Wake Forest forward Vytas Danelius
sidelined for a third straight game.