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Updated: Saturday, February 28, 2004 5:19 PM EST
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(11) Wake Forest 91, Maryland 83

COLLEGE PARK, Maryland (Ticker) -- Wake Forest's sizzling 3-point shooting may have finished Maryland's NCAA Tournament hopes.

Vytas Danelius scored 23 points and Justin Gray added 22 as the 11th-ranked Demon Deacons used the longball to hand the Terrapins a damaging 91-83 Atlantic Coast Conference defeat.

Prior to Saturday, Maryland (14-11, 5-9 ACC) likely needed two wins in its final three games for a 7-9 conference record and a probable NCAA Tournament berth. With a trip to North Carolina State on tap and the Wolfpack sporting an unbeaten home mark, Saturday's matchup with the Demon Deacons took on added significance.

Wake Forest (19-6, 9-5) had other ideas as it stretched its winning streak to six games. The Demon Deacons shot a sizzling 56.5 percent (13-of-23) from the arc, including a 5-of-9 performance by Gray.

"Our shooting from the three point line was important," Danelius said. "I feel that we kept Maryland out of the game with the three-point shot. It's not easy to come on the road and get a win in the ACC."

The Terrapins pulled within 64-62 on a pair of free throws by John Gilchrist before the Demon Deacons answered with a basket by Jamaal Levy and a 3-pointer by Taron Downey. That triggered an 11-2 tear that was capped by back-to-back 3-pointers by Danelius and Downey for a 75-64 cushion with 5:14 left.

John Gilchrist scored 26 points to lead Maryland, which had a five-game home winning streak over Wake Forest snapped.

"We have two games left and we feel like we need to win both of those games, but we still have a chance," Maryland forward Nik Caner-Medley said. "You can't act like you're out of it and hang your head."

Downey, who netted 14 points, nailed a 3-pointer to start a 16-4 run to close the half that gave Wake Forest a 46-34 advantage. The Demon Deacons made 7-of-10 3-pointers in the first half.

"Perhaps earlier in the year we might not have responded as well, especially on the road against a team of this caliber," Demon Deacons coach Skip Prosser said. "We made some big shots and cold-blooded threes."

Wake Forest got a huge effort from Levy, who collected 14 points and 15 rebounds. The Demon Deacons dominated on the glass to the tune of a 44-27 bulge.

"I thought in the first half we got consistently hurt on the glass," Maryland coach Gary Williams said. "We have to be better about rebounding against a team like Wake Forest." The Terrapins surrendered 13 3-pointers for the third time this season.

Caner-Medley finished with 20 points and reserve Chris McCray chipped in 18 as Maryland lost its sixth game in the last nine outings. The Terrapins have lost four of six home games, putting their streak of 10 straight NCAA Tournament appearances in jeopardy.


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