When the Wake Forest Demon Deacons faced the Maryland Terrapins on March 2, the most exciting part of the game was arguably when the current point guard for the NBA‘s Los Angeles Clippers, Chris Paul, was honored with his No. 3 jersey being retired. It is quite the honor for an individual to have their jersey number retired in any sport. The fascinating thing about Paul’s story is that he only played at Wake Forest for two seasons from 2003 to 2005.
What did Paul accomplish to get his jersey retired at Lawrence Joel Coliseum on Saturday? For starters, during his two-year career at Wake Forest, he averaged 15 points, 6.3 assists, 3.9 rebounds, 0.2 blocks and 2.5 steals in 33.5 minutes. He amassed almost 1,000 points and more than 300 assists in those two years.
When it comes to the actual basketball game, Maryland’s Dez Wells attempted to imitate Paul. After all, Wells was back in his home state. You could say that this game was a homecoming for both Wells and Paul. The Raleigh native scored 23 points along with five rebounds, two assists and two steals. Wells was the only player on Maryland’s roster in double figures.
Wake Forest was led by C.J. Harris, who had 19 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Devin Thomas added 17 points along with seven rebounds and three steals.
The game has a great deal of missed shots and turnovers from both teams. Maryland won the game simply because they made more field goals than Wake Forest. One thing that can be stated about both teams is that they continue to play with heart, although neither one of them can possibly make the NCAA Tournament. It would have been nice for Wake Forest to cap off this wonderful day with a victory, but they lost to Maryland, 67-57.