Wednesday, December 2, 2009

TUESDAY NIGHT HOOPS: BIG TEN/ACC CHALLENGE LOSSES

Northwestern 65, N.C. STATE 53

Two things upset NC State coach Sidney Lowe about his team's first loss of the season, a 65-53 setback Tuesday night against Northwestern in the 11th-annual ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

First, the coach thought his team was passive against the more aggressive Wildcats to start the game. By the time the Wolfpack got angry and matched Northwestern's energy, they were behind by a dozen or more points.

Second, when the game came down to the most important defensive possessions, the Wolfpack defense allowed Northwestern's best player, junior point guard Michael Thompson, make the play that sealed his team's victory at the RBC Center.

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No. 4 Purdue 69, WAKE FOREST 58

Wake Forest fell to the Boilermakers in Mackey Arena on Tuesday during the second night of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

With the loss, Wake Forest now stands at 4-2 on the season. Purdue remains unbeaten at 6-0.

In front of a sold-out crowd and a nationwide audience on ESPN, four Demon Deacons totaled double digits in the contest. L.D. Williams netted a season-high 11 points and grabbed six rebounds. Al-Farouq Aminu earned his fourth double-double performance of the season, combining for 12 points and 10 rebounds. Ishmael Smith had 14 points and six boards.

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