No. 20 Wake Forest Sets Coliseum Record in 120-88 Defeat of UNC Wilmington
James Johnson drives past UNC Wilmington's Jerel Stephenson during the first half.
James Johnson drives past UNC Wilmington's Jerel Stephenson during the first half.

Nov. 19, 2008

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - No. 20 Wake Forest (2-0) handed UNC Wilmington (2-1) its first loss of the season after a Wednesday night performance that tied the Demon Deacons' third-highest points scored all-time in a single game.

Wake Forest broke the record of most points scored at the Joel Coliseum since beginning play there in the 1989-90 season. The previous record came during a 115-75 victory against S.C. State on Dec. 7, 2001.

In Wake Forest history, the 120 points recorded by the Demon Deacons is tied with the 120-65 1955 victory against Clemson for third on the all-time list of most points scored in a single game. Tonight's offensive output was just two shy of the Wake Forest 122-point school-record scored against Duke on Jan. 22, 1975.

Sophomore Jeff Teague led the Deacons with 31 points, breaking his previous career-high of 27 points against Miami on Jan. 29, 2008.

Finishing just one point behind his career high, sophomore James Johnson recorded 25 points and pulled down nine rebounds.

Freshman Al-Farouq Aminu had his second consecutive double-double performance, grabbing 12 rebounds and scoring 11 points in the Deacon victory.

The team recorded 76 points in the paint, as junior Chas McFarland added 19 points and eight rebounds.

The Demon Deacons started the game off with a block by Johnson, who found Teague for the game's opening points on Wake Forest's first of eight dunks in the game.

After falling behind 6-7 early, Wake Forest went on a 26-5 scoring run in the middle of the first half to go up 32-12 with 9:56 remaining.

Johnson found Aminu for an alley-oop dunk with 16:11 remaining, putting the Deacons up 14-7.

Redshirt junior David Weaver blocked a Kevon Moore jumper, which led to another Teague dunk to make the score 20-12.

Freshman Tony Woods helped Wake Forest keep the momentum by converting on a three-point play, after a foul by Moore, to make the score 23-12 with 12:52 left in the first period.

The score was 61-44 in favor of Wake Forest at the half, despite a Seahawks' 18-9 run near the end of the first period.

The 61 points scored in the first half are the most by Wake Forest in a half since March 2, 2005, when the Deacons scored 61 points in the second half against Georgia Tech. The 61 points are the most in a first half since January 5, 1983, when Wake scored 61 against SUNY-Buffalo.

UNC Wilmington climbed to within nine at 15:44, but the Deacons went on a 23-8 run to give Wake Forest a 92-68 lead with 9:37 left in the game.

During this stretch, Teague made three layups and recorded an assist on a McFarland layup all within one minute of play.

There was no letup in the Wake Forest offense as the final score read 120-88 in favor of the Deacons.

The top scorer for UNC Wilmington was Johnny Wolf with 24. UNC Wilmington's Dominique Lacy finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds.

This was the first time that the Seahawks were unable to score 100 points this season. UNC Wilmington beat Appalachian State 108-101, and Troy 107-95.

Junior Ishmael Smith, who has been sidelined since Sept. 19 with a foot injury, was available but did not play.

Wake Forest now leads the series with UNC Wilmington 11-0, dating back to Nov. 26, 1977.

With the win, the Deacons continue their 14-game home winning streak against non-conference opponents.

Wake Forest will host city rival Winston-Salem State on Monday, Nov. 24, at 8 p.m. The men's game will follow a matchup of the Deacon and Ram women's squads at 5 p.m. Wake Forest will head to Anaheim next week to play in the 76 Classic on Nov. 27, 28 and 30.

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