Freshman Chris Paul played like a seasoned veteran. He scored 22 points, making a sensational 12-15 free throws. He also dished seven assists. Domonic Jones gave his all, but just couldn't make the big bucket in the final minute. He hit a late runner and a three at the buzzer, but it was too late with the way Wake Forest was making their free throws.
Jones, matched Paul with a game-high 22 points and was a perfect 3-3 from behind the arc.
It was steady three point shooting that kept the 13th seeded Rams in the ball game. They connected on 11 triples, getting 4-5 shooting from B.A. Walker. All told they were a stellar 11-20 from long range.
The final difference was foul shots and turnovers. VCU committed six more turnovers, while attempting 14 fewer foul shots.
Justin Gray added 15 points for the Deacons who will move on to face Manhattan in the second round of the East Rutherford region.