• 57°

ACC Basketball: Wake Forest 70, Virginia 60

By Larry O’Dell
Associated Press
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. ó On a day when both teams’ stars struggled, Wake Forest’s Jeff Teague provided just a little bit more offense than Virginia’s Sylven Landesberg.
Teague scored just 12 points ó eight below his average ó but hit a crucial 3-pointer with 2:11 left after Virginia had pulled within 56-53 on Mike Scott’s jump hook. It was one of only two 3-pointers for Wake Forest and the only one for Teague, who finished 2-for-9 from the field.
Wake Forest coach Dino Gaudio said he gave Teague a little pep talk with about 41/2 minutes left, telling him “every time you’re open I want you to shoot. And he hit a big, big 3 for us.”
Landesberg, who leads Virginia at nearly 18 points per game, had an even more frustrating afternoon. He scored just 10 points.
“When you guard Sylven, five guys have to guard him,” Gaudio said. “When he takes a dribble with the basketball, just take one step closer to him.”
The Demon Deacons (22-5, 9-5 ACC) shot poorly against Virginia’s zone defense, but they more than made up for it with dominance under the basket. They scored 22 of their first 24 points on layups, putbacks and dunks, many of them in transition. Fifteen of their rebounds came at the offensive end.
“I think rebounding is essentially an aggression statistic,” said Virginia coach Dave Leitao, clearly unhappy with Wake’s 42-28 advantage in that category. “I think every man looks at the other man sometimes to grab a rebound, and obviously that is not the proper mindset.”
Virginia (9-16, 3-11) was without its most imposing inside presence, 7-foot center Assane Sene, who injured an ankle in Thursday night’s loss to Miami. Sene, who leads Virginia with 34 blocked shots, was replaced in the starting lineup by Tunji Saroye, whose only field goal of the game gave the Cavaliers their only lead at 2-0.
After Saroye’s layup, Wake Forest went on an 8-0 run. The Cavaliers, who’ve gotten off to a lot of slow starts this season, committed five turnovers in the first four minutes and trailed 30-24 at the half.
Wake Forest scored the first four points of the second half, but Virginia responded with a 12-3 run to pull within one at 37-36. Landesberg had six points in the spurt, including his first basket on a runner with 17:48 left.
Harvey Hale answered with a 3-pointer to start a 7-0 Wake Forest run, and the Cavaliers could get no closer than three the rest of the way. The Demon Deacons, who had been awful from the free-throw line, hit their last nine foul shots to close out the win.
Al-Farouq Aminu and Chas McFarland scored 12 points for the Deacons.
Calvin Baker led Virginia with 13 points. Mamadi Diane added 12 in just 17 minutes off the bench.

Comments

Comments closed.

Crime

Cooper, N.C. prison officials agree to release 3,500 inmates

Coronavirus

Two more COVID-19 deaths reported in Rowan, six for the week

Crime

Blotter: Man brandishes AR-15, runs over motorcycle at Rockwell-area gas station

Crime

Salisbury man charged with exploitation of minor

Crime

Road rage incident results in assault charges

Local

Dukeville lead testing results trickle in, more participation needed

Education

Faith Academy interviewing staff, preparing site for fall opening

News

Volunteers work around obstacles, alter procedures to offer free tax services to those in need

Education

Education shoutouts

Local

Retired Marine gets recognition for toy collection efforts

Local

March issue of Salisbury the Magazine is now available

Education

Five get Dunbar School Heritage Scholarships

Education

Education briefs: Salisbury Academy fourth-graders think big as inventors

Education

Bakari Sellers keynote speaker at Livingstone College Founder’s Day program

Nation/World

Biden aims to distribute masks to millions in ‘equity’ push

Nation/World

Chief: Capitol Police were warned of violence before riot

Nation/World

GOP rallies solidly against Democrats’ virus relief package

Nation/World

FDA says single-dose shot from Johnson & Johnson prevents severe COVID

High School

Coaches, lawmakers react to governor’s order expanding sporting event capacity

Coronavirus

Three new COVID-19 deaths, positives remain below triple digits

BREAKING NEWS

Gov. Cooper announces end to curfew, changes to restrictions affecting bars, high school sports

Crime

Blotter: Two charged after call about package

Crime

Salisbury Police investigating two shootings

Crime

Chase involving Kernersville man ends in woods behind Carson High School