College Basketball roundup: No. 6 Wake Forest routs Highlanders
WINSTON-SALEM ó Coach Dino Gaudio sat Wake Forest’s sluggish starting five on the bench, giving them a clear view of what was turning into one of the biggest upsets of the season.
“There was nothing else to say to those first five guys,” Gaudio said, “so I just let them sit and watch.”
A few minutes later, he put them back in ó and just as quickly, they took care of pesky Radford.
Jeff Teague scored 11 of his 19 points in the second half, and No. 6 Wake Forest shrugged off a slow start to beat the Highlanders 83-61 on Tuesday night.
Freshman Al-Farouq Aminu added 18 points and 10 rebounds and James Johnson had 12 points and 12 boards for the Demon Deacons (12-0).
After the mass benching, they closed the game by outscoring Radford 36-13 over the final 14 minutes and shooting nearly 53 percent in the second half. That helped them match the 2000-01 team, which opened with 12 straight wins, and dodge the Highlanders’ upset bid.
Arkansas 96, Oklahoma 88
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. ó Michael Washington had 24 points and 11 rebounds, holding his own against Oklahoma’s Blake Griffin, and Arkansas (10-1) handed the fourth-ranked Sooners (12-1) their first loss of the season, 96-88.
Illinois 71, No. 9 Purdue 67, OT
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. ó Mike Tisdale scored 18 points for Illinois in the Big Ten opener for both teams. The Fighting Illini (13-1) has its seventh straight.
No. 13 Syracuse 100, Seton Hall 76
SYRACUSE, N.Y. ó Eric Devendorf and Andy Rautins both hit three 3-pointers in a six-minute span to key a stirring first-half surge by Syracuse (13-1) in the Big East opener for both teams
No. 20 Clemson 98, S. Carolina 87
COLUMBIA, S.C. ó Terrence Oglesby had six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 25 points and Clemson improved to 13-0 for the second time in three seasons.
Devan Downey had a career-high 37 points for the Gamecocks, who have lost five straight to their instate rival.
No. 25 Butler 72, UAB 68
INDIANAPOLIS ó Freshman Shelvin Mack made five 3-pointers in the first seven minutes of the second half and matched his career high of 22 points for Butler, which trailed by 11 points at halftime.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. ó A couple of weeks from now, when Maryland delves into the ACC portion of its schedule, the Terrapins might draw upon their performance against Elon to pull out a victory. Maryland went up by 17 in the second half, then let Elon back in the game before using a 21-2 blitz to cement a 76-50 win.
Ga. Tech 63, Tennessee State 58
ATLANTA ó Zachery Peacock scored a season-high 22 points and Gani Lawal had a career-best 16 rebounds as Georgia Tech overcame 21 turnovers to beat Tennessee State 63-58.
App. State 112, Milligan 47
BOONE ó Ryann Abraham and Donald Sims scored 17 points apiece to lead Appalachian State to a 112-47 rout of Milligan and a school record for margin of victory.
The Mountaineers (5-4), who jumped out to a 61-19 halftime lead, set a Holmes Center record for points, eclipsing the previous mark of 109.
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