Wake Forest Defeats Virginia 70-60
Feb. 28, 2009
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Al-Farouq Aminu, Chas McFarland and Jeff Teague led a balanced scoring attack that propelled Wake Forest to a 70-60 defeat of Virginia Saturday afternoon at John Paul Jones Arena.
With the win, Wake Forest moves to 22-5 overall and 9-5 in the ACC. Virginia drops to 9-16 overall and 3-11 in league play.
Teague, who scored seven of his 12 points at the free throw line, extended his double-figure scoring streak to 31 games, which is the second-longest current streak in the ACC.
McFarland scored in double figures for the 11th time this season and the second straight game, while Smith was in double digit scoring for the fifth straight contest.
Johnson led the Deacons with eight rebounds, and L.D. Williams had seven-his most rebounds since pulling down 10 against Baylor on Nov. 30. Aminu, McFarland and Woods finished with six rebounds each.
Wake Forest was able to build a moderate lead early in the game and then held off a pesky UVA squad the rest of the afternoon.
After Virginia scored the game's opening bucket just 20 seconds in, Wake Forest notched the next eight points on the scoreboard to take the lead for good. The Deacons held UVA scoreless until the 15:17 mark when Calvin Baker hit a jumper to end the drought. McFarland fueled the opening run for Wake, scoring six of the team's first eight points.
The Deacons pushed their lead to as many as nine (twice: 19-10; 28-19) in the first half before taking a 30-24 margin to the locker room.
The Cavaliers opened the second half strong, pulling to within one at 37-36. However, Harvey Hale came off the bench and quickly hit a three-pointer from the top of the key to push Wake's margin back to four and start a four-minute stretch that saw the Deacs outscore the Cavaliers 7-0.
Wake Forest held Virginia at bay until the Cavaliers pulled back to within three, 56-53, at the 3:12 mark. However, the Deacons responded once again with a big three-pointer, this time from Teague.
The Deacons went a perfect 9-for-9 at the free throw line over the final minute and a half to seal the victory. Wake Forest was just 9-for-21 at the charity stripe before hitting each of its final nine attempts during the stretch run. The Deacs finished 18-for-30 (60 percent) at the line.
As a team, the Deacs shot 43.1 percent from the floor, including a 2-for-9 mark from three-point range. The Cavaliers shot at a 41.1 percent clip and were 6-for-22 from beyond the arc.
Wake Forest out-rebounded Virginia, 42-28, and outscored the Cavs 36-22 in the paint.
Virginia turned the ball over 17 times compared to 15 for Wake. The Deacs had just four first-half turnovers and scored nine points off 10 UVA turnovers in the opening period.
The Deacons have now won five of their last seven games against the Cavaliers since 2004-05 and lead the all-time series 66-59.
Wake Forest is back in action on Tuesday, March 3, when the Deacons head north to face the Maryland Terrapins. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. at the Comcast Center in College Park.