NCAA MEN'S TOP 25
Howard leads Deacons
Published: Monday, January 20, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 20, 2003 at 12:11 a.m.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - It's time for the rest of the Atlantic Coast Conference to take notice: Wake Forest's Josh Howard is among the best in the league.
Howard had his second big game of the week, scoring 30 points to lead No. 19 Wake Forest to a 73-66 victory over Georgia Tech on Sunday night.
``He made a pretty strong statement about being among the best, if not the best player in the ACC,'' said Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt.
Howard, who scored 23 in Wednesday night's win over No. 17 Maryland, opened the game with a pair of 3-pointers and made big shots when needed to guide the Demon Deacons (12-1, 2-1 ACC) to their 11th consecutive home win.
Howard finished one point shy of his career high of 31, set earlier this season at Wisconsin.
He hit 3-of-4 3-pointers, went 11-for-12 at the free throw line, added three assists and blocked five shots - one with 44 seconds left that went into the stands.
``I know I wouldn't trade him for anyone in the ACC,'' Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser said. ``He possess an iron will and will not lose. I'm glad I get to coach him.''
Howard, one of just two seniors on one of the youngest squads in the ACC, had to carry the load for Wake Forest as well as settle his teammates down.
Coming off the win over Maryland, he spoke to the entire team about not following the victory with a letdown against Georgia Tech (8-6, 2-2).
``I just try to lead by example and talk the guys through it when things go wrong,'' Howard said. ``If I can do that, I'm pretty happy at the end of the night.''
Chris Bosch led Georgia Tech with 22 points and 10 rebounds and B.J. Elder added 18 points.
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