Wake Forest Bests Bucknell, 81-52
Dec. 6, 2008
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - Jeff Teague scored 15 of his 26 points in the second half to lead No. 15 Wake Forest past Bucknell, 81-52 on Saturday night.
Teague, who averages a team-best 20 points, was 9-of-14 from the field in reaching double figures for the 27th time in 30 games, dating to their last win over Bucknell in December 2007. It was his fourth 20-point game of the season.
Point guard Darryl Shazier scored 12 points - all from 3-point range - to lead perimeter-oriented Bucknell (1-6), which lost its third straight and was denied its first victory over an Atlantic Coast Conference team since 1961.
Wake Forest became the second ACC team to beat the Bison by 29 points - Maryland also won 81-52 in last month's opener - while their remaining four losses came against fellow mid-majors by a combined 20 points.
Leading scorer Justin Castleberry was held to six points - nine below his average - on 2-of-13 shooting. Bucknell's three starting guards were a combined 10-for-39.
With its four key players 6-foot-11 or taller, Wake Forest won this one largely by pounding the ball inside, drawing contact and knocking down enough free throws.
The Demon Deacons were 16-for-27 from the line while Bucknell finished just 4-of-9, and they were in the bonus 5 minutes into the second half - before they were called for their first foul.
Then, Wake Forest warmed up from 3-point range to give itself plenty of separation, knocking down three straight midway through the half - including two by Teague 30 seconds apart.
Those 3s came near the end of the 25-10 run that gave them their first 20-point lead, and came after Wake Forest missed 10 of its first 12 3-pointers to open the game.
Wake Forest had trouble putting the jump-shooting Bison away, before figuring them out and holding them to one field goal during the final 6 minutes of the first half. Six of Bucknell's eight field goals in the half came from 3-point range.
Bucknell got no closer in the second half than 36-29 on Bryan Cohen's jumper 40 seconds in.