No. 10 Wake Forest Posts 65-63 Comeback Win at Maryland

March 3, 2009

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Al-Farouq Aminu posted a double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds and No. 10 Wake Forest used a late 11-0 run to earn a 65-63 defeat of Maryland on Tuesday evening at the Comcast Center.

With the win, Wake Forest moves to 23-5 overall and 10-5 in the ACC. The Deacons have posted double-digit ACC wins for the first time since 2004-05 (13-3) and just the third time in the past 12 seasons. Maryland drops to 18-11 overall and 7-8 in league play.

Maryland led by as many as 11 in the first half before Wake staged its comeback in the second period. With the Terrapins holding a 54-48 lead with just over seven minutes left, the Deacons went on an 11-0 run to re-take the lead for good.

James Johnson's putback at the one-minute mark gave Wake Forest a 61-58 advantage. Johnson then turned around and had a key blocked shot on the defensive end to give the Deacs the ball back.

Jeff Teague went 4-for-5 at the free throw line in the final minute to ice the game for Wake.

Aminu posted his ninth double-double of the season to lead the Deacons. The freshman went 6-for-12 from the floor and had six offensive boards.

Teague scored a team-high 17 points and also added two blocks. Ishmael Smith was the only other Deacon in double figures with 11 points. Smith also dished out four assists.

Johnson pulled down eight rebounds, including six on the offensive glass, and Gary Clark hit a pair of three-pointers.

Maryland used an early first-half run to take a seven-point lead. With Wake Forest leading 10-7 after a bucket from Teague at the 16:40 mark, Maryland went on a 10-0 run over the next five minutes before Clark hit a three-pointer to end the drought and pull the Deacs to within 17-13.

However, the Terps responded with a 10-3 run over the next six minutes to take an 11-point lead at 27-16.

A bucket from Johnson spurred the Deacons on an 8-0 run to pull within 27-24. The Terps took a 32-25 lead into halftime after Dave Neal drained a three-pointer at the buzzer.

Wake Forest came out of the locker room and immediately turned the tables on Maryland. The Deacs opened the second half with a 16-5 run over the first 5:18 to take a 41-37 lead. Aminu and Smith keyed the run with five points apiece during the stretch.

The Terrapins roared back, led by three three-pointers from Neal, to make a 17-7 run that gave the home squad a 54-48 lead with just over seven minutes to play.

The Deacons would not succumb, however. Wake went on an 11-0 run over the next four and a half minutes to take a 59-54 lead. During the run, Teague threw down a monstrous one-handed dunk over a helpless Neal. Landon Milbourne stopped the scoring drought for Maryland with a short jumper at the 2:32 mark to bring the Terps back within three.

After a Greivis Vasquez's layup cut the deficit to one, 59-58, Johnson tapped in a putback on his own miss with a minute to play. He then came through with a key blocked shot on the defensive end to get the ball back for Wake.

Teague then stepped to the charity stripe and hit two free throws to give Wake a 63-58 lead. After a Terrapin turnover, Teague again hit a pair of free throws to ice the game for the Deacs.

Neal threw in a three-pointer at the buzzer to bring the final to 65-63.

Wake Forest out-rebounded Maryland, 50-32. The Deacs had 19 offensive rebounds and scored 20 points on second-chance opportunities.

The Deacons were just 10-for-17 at the foul line, but the Terps managed just two free throw attempts on the night.

Wake has now won five of its past six games since Feb. 14.

The Deacons snapped a four-game losing streak to the Terps and moved to 55-61 in the all-time series. Wake also posted its first win at the Comcast Center since the 2003-04 season, moving to 2-3 all-time at the venue.

Wake Forest is back in action on Sunday, March 8, when the Deacs wrap up regular season play by hosting No. 18/19 Clemson. The game will be nationally televised on FSN's Sunday Night Hoops. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. at the Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem.



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