Bulldogs 'lucky' to win at buzzer

Associated Press
Duke's Josh McRoberts (right) and Wake Forest's L.D. Williams battle for a loose ball during the first half Thursday. McRoberts scored 11 points as the Blue Devils beat the Deacons at Cameron Indoor Stadium for the 10th consecutive season.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Steve Newman was willing to admit it - Georgia's last play didn't go precisely as planned.


The result, however, was exactly what the Bulldogs wanted.

"Everyone was covered ... but I was lucky," Newman said.

Newman made a long 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Georgia a 67-64 victory over Arkansas on Wednesday night. The shot came from around 30 feet away - near the tail of the hog at midcourt on the Razorbacks' home floor.

That wasn't really what the Bulldogs were hoping for.

"The play was supposed to be one guy runs a screen and comes off, and then I would set a screen," Newman said. "I guess Sundiata (Gaines) forgot or something."

But everything worked out just fine in the end for Georgia, which has won three in a row. The Bulldogs (11-5, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) trailed 64-58 with 1:46 remaining but rallied with three consecutive 3-pointers.

Arkansas (12-6, 1-3) lost at Bud Walton Arena for the first time since falling to Louisiana State on Jan. 11, 2006.


In Durham, N.C., Greg Paulus scored 17 points and Josh McRob-erts added 11 to lead Duke past Wake Forest.

The Blue Devils (15-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) have won two in a row since consecutive league losses to Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech.

Kyle Visser scored 12 points to lead the Demon Deacons (9-8, 1-4), who finished with a season-low in points and never seriously threatened the Blue Devils.

The Blue Devils were hardly an offensive machine, shooting 44 percent and going nearly six minutes without a point in the second half.

Still, they had little trouble extending the Demon Deacons' misery in Cameron Indoor Stad-ium, winning for the 10th consecutive season. Wake Forest has lost each one of those games by double figures.