Wake Forest Holds Off UNC Greensboro for 75-60 Win

Dec. 28, 2009

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GREENSBORO, N.C. - Wake Forest broke the school record with 16 blocked shots, and Al-Farouq Aminu posted his ACC-leading eighth double-double of the season to lead the Demon Deacons past UNC Greensboro, 75-60, Monday evening at the Greensboro Coliseum.

The Demon Deacons move to 9-2 overall (1-0 ACC) with their fifth straight win. The Spartans drop to 2-9 (1-1 SoCon) on the season, losing their fifth straight contest.

Behind a game-high six blocks by Aminu, Wake Forest broke a school record that had stood for 32 seasons. The previous record of 14 blocks was first set on Dec. 18, 1975, vs. Appalachian State and was later tied on Feb. 13, 1978, at Rhode Island.

Point guard Ishmael Smith recorded a career-high four blocks, while L.D. Williams and Tony Woods finished with two blocks apiece.

Aminu turned in a fine all-around performance to lead the Deacons. He finished with 23 points and 17 rebounds to go along with six blocks, three assists and a steal. Aminu also went 8-for-16 from the field.

Three other joined Aminu in double-figure scoring. Williams and Ari Stewart had 11, while C.J. Harris chipped in 10 points. Williams finished a rebound shy of a double-double with nine boards.

Stewart went 3-for-6 from beyond the arc, and Smith dished out a game-high six assists.

Coming off a seven-day holiday break, the Deacons had to shake off a little rust before pulling away from the pesky Spartans.

UNCG jumped out to an early 6-4 lead before Wake Forest slammed home four straight dunks to take a 12-6 advantage at the 13:54 mark.

The Deacons led 15-9 at the 12:33 mark when the Spartans rattled off a 9-0 run over the next two minutes to reclaim an 18-15 advantage.

Wake battled back, though, ending the half on a 14-4 run to take a 31-24 advantage into the locker room. The Deacons began the run with six straight points and capped it with five unanswered heading into the break.

Aminu led the Deacons in the first half, finishing with 13 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks. Williams chipped in seven points, four rebounds and a pair of blocks in the first half. Wake Forest had eight blocks as a team in the first period alone.

UNCG cut the deficit to five, 44-39, early in the second half, but Wake Forest used a 16-6 run to take control of the game, 60-45, with just under nine minutes to play.

The Spartans would not go quietly, however, putting together a 9-1 run to pull within seven, 61-54, at the 6:21 mark. That was as close as close as UNCG would get the rest of the way.

Wake Forest shot 44.6 percent (25-of-56) from the field and held UNCG to a 30.4 percent (21-of-69) mark. The Deacons went 6-for-16 from three-point range for 37.5 percent.

Ben Stywall led the Spartans with 13 points and 14 boards, while Korey Van Dussen had three assists and three steals.

The Deacons improve to 5-0 all-time against the Spartans. Monday's game was the team's first meeting since the 1999-2000 season and marked the first game in the series played outside of Winston-Salem.

Wake Forest is back in action on Thursday, Dec. 31, when the Deacons ring in the New Year by hosting Richmond. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem. The game will be televised on ESPNU.



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