Wake Forest Edges Out Richmond 86-79
Dec. 19, 2008
RICHMOND, Va. (AP)--Chas McFarland had 20 points and 14 rebounds Friday night, and No. 10 Wake Forest overcame a lackluster performance in a 86-79 victory over Richmond.
The Demon Deacons (10-0) also got 21 points from Jeff Teague, including eight in a 17-6 run that allowed them to open a more comfortable 69-55 lead with 5:55 remaining.
Richmond (5-5) closed to within four twice in the final two minutes, the last at 78-74 with 1:35 left, but Teague scored on a drive and Al-Farouq Aminu followed with a dunk after a turnover to give the Demon Deacons an 82-74 lead and send fans streaming for the exits.
At least half the announced crowd of 6,635 at the Robins Center was already pro-Wake Forest as Demon Deacons fans on their way to see the football team play Navy in Saturday's EagleBank Bowl in Washington, D.C., made a stopover to see the basketball team.
Many Richmond fans, meanwhile, had either followed their football team to Chattanooga, Tenn., or stayed at home to watch on television as the Spiders played Montana for the Football Championship Subdivision national championship on Friday night.
Sloppy play by the Demon Deacons allowed the Spiders to stay close until deep into the second half, when the big burst appeared to set Wake up to cruise to the finish.
It wasn't to be, though, as Richmond's scrappy defense forced 21 turnovers, turned them into 25 points and kept it close until the closing minutes when Wake's talent prevailed.
Aminu and L.D. Williams each added 14 points for Wake Forest, which finished with a 43-26 edge on the backboards and outscored the Spiders 27-12 from the free-throw line.
Kevin Anderson led Richmond with 21 points, David Gonzalvez had 18 and Jarhon Giddings 12.
The Demon Deacons dominated the backboards in the first half, outrebounding Richmond 24-14, but Wake Forest led just 37-35 at the break after the Spiders scored the last six points.
Wake Forest had 11 turnovers in the half, and the Spiders had just three.
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