Wake Forest Falls to No. 4/6 Purdue, 69-58
Dec. 1, 2009
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Wake Forest fell to No. 4/6 Purdue, 69-58, 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.
Reigning ACC Rookie of the Week C.J. Harris added 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including a 2-of-3 mark from three-point range. Wake Forest shot 42.3 percent (22-of-52) and held Purdue to 34.4 percent (22-of-64) from the floor.
Chas McFarland had a career-high six blocks as Wake Forest recorded 10 blocks to Purdue's five in the contest.
At the half, Wake Forest led 31-29. Smith was 5-of-9 from the floor with a team-leading 10 points. McFarland had already notched his season-high block total with three. There were seven ties and six lead changes at the break. Wake Forest went into the locker room shooting 41.9 percent (13-of-31) and holding Purdue to 31.4 percent (11-of-35) and 0-of-8 from behind the arc.
The Deacons led from 1:54 left in the first half until 14:47 remaining in the game but a pair of Kelsey Barlow free throws put the Boilermakers up 37-36 as part of a 12-0 Purdue run early in the second half. The Deacons battled back but would not be able to close the gap the rest of the game, as Purdue outscored Wake 40-27 after the break.
The Boilermakers' leading scorer was E'Twaun Moore with 22 points. Wake Forest held Robbie Hummel, who came into the game as Purdue's second-highest scorer, to 3-of-11 from the floor and scoreless from three-point range despite six attempts.
Purdue now leads the all-time series between the two schools 4-2. This was the first meeting between Wake Forest and Purdue since the 1989 Fiesta Bowl Classic in Tempe, Ariz.
Up next, Wake Forest will face Gonzaga on the road on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on ESPN2.