Sunday, March 1, 2009

WAKE FORSEST BEATS VIRGINIA

…as does everybody else except Virginia Tech, but we’ve already covered that.

And, again, it wasn’t pretty.

No. 14 WAKE FOREST 70, No. 100 VIRGINIA 60 – Jeff Teague scored just 12 points – eight below his average – but hit a crucial 3-pointer with 2:11 left after Virginia had pulled within 56-53 on Mike Scott's jump hook. It was one of only two 3-pointers for Wake Forest and the only one for Teague, who finished 2-for-9 from the field.

Freshman Sylvan Landesberg, who leads Virginia at nearly 18 points per game, had an even more frustrating afternoon. He scored just 10 points.

The Demon Deacons (22-5, 9-5 ACC) shot poorly against Virginia's zone defense, but they more than made up for it with dominance under the basket. They scored 22 of their first 24 points on layups, putbacks and dunks, many of them in transition. Fifteen of their rebounds came at the offensive end.

Virginia (9-16, 3-11) was without its most imposing inside presence, 7-foot center Assane Sene, who injured an ankle in Thursday night's loss to Miami. Sene, who leads Virginia with 34 blocked shots, was replaced in the starting lineup by Tunji Soroye, whose only field goal of the game gave the Cavaliers their only lead at 2-0.

Al-Farouq Aminu and Chas McFarland scored 12 points for the Demon Deacons.

Calvin Baker led Virginia with 13 points. Mamadi Diane added 12 in just 17 minutes off the bench.

Virginia's 1984 Final Four team was honored during a halftime ceremony. That team went only 6-8 in the ACC but received a surprise at-large invitation to the NCAA tournament. The Cavaliers beat Iona, Arkansas, Syracuse and Indiana to reach the Final Four, where they lost to Hakeem Olajuwon-led Houston.

(AP Photo/Andrew Shurtleff)

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