- The Washington Times - Monday, February 9, 2009

From combined dispatches

No. 7 Wake Forest 93, Boston College 76: Jeff Teague scored 27 points, freshman Al-Farouq Aminu added a season-high 26 and the Demon Deacons got back on track by routing the Eagles in Winston-Salem, N.C.

James Johnson had 12 points and 10 rebounds, while L.D. Williams added 11 points for the Demon Deacons (18-3, 5-3 ACC).

They shot 57.4 percent and used a big second-half surge to bounce back from a 27-point loss at Miami and claim their second double-digit win over the Eagles.

Joe Trapani had 19 points to lead Boston College (18-7, 6-4), but just four of those came after halftime. Tyrese Rice added 18 points on 7-for-17 shooting, and Corey Raji had 14.

For much of the way, this one wasn’t as easy as the final score indicated for Wake Forest.

The once No. 1 Demon Deacons entered having lost three of the four games that followed their school-record 16-0 start, and a third consecutive defeat seemed possible. They couldn’t pull away from the pesky Eagles until midway through the second half, when Aminu bookended a 21-9 run that put his team in control.

He started the burst with a stickback with 18 1/2 minutes left and put Wake Forest ahead for good on the next trip downcourt, laying in a pretty feed from Teague to make it 54-52.

Then, Aminu capped the run by taking Teague’s kickout pass in the corner and burying a 3-pointer - just his third of the season and his first at home - to give Wake Forest its first double-figure lead at 71-61 at the 11-minute mark.

Meanwhile, the Demon Deacons’ vaunted defense - which entered as the ACC’s toughest to shoot against - held the Eagles to two field goals, both layups by Rice, during an 8 1/2-minute stretch.

Both of Wake Forest’s high-scoring stars seemed to rediscover their touch at the Eagles’ expense.

Aminu responded to his miserable four-point performance at Miami with his first 20-point game against ACC competition, hitting eight of nine shots.

Teague, the ACC’s second-leading scorer who had a string of five 20-point games during his team’s ascent to No. 1, had finished in the teens during his last three before breaking back out against Boston College.

He had 21 points during a tight first half in which neither team led by more than seven. He was 8-for-8 from the free throw line, leading a Demon Deacons team that was 18-for-19 from the stripe in the opening 20 minutes.

Josh Southern added 12 points for BC, which had its five-game winning streak snapped.

NO. 5 LOUISVILLE 60, ST. JOHN’S 47: The Cardinals had a tough day at Madison Square Garden on Sunday but still managed a victory over the Red Storm in New York because of their defense.

Their leading scorer for the season finished with three points. Their freshman center, who was half the offense in the first half, had two teeth knocked out and went to a hospital instead of returning to the game. Their shots weren’t falling. It all pointed to a second straight loss.

Jerry Smith, who didn’t start for the second time this season, was a big part of that.

The junior guard had a season-high 21 points, 19 in the second half when he matched the team’s entire total for the first half, its lowest mark of the season.

The Cardinals (18-4, 9-1 Big East), who were coming off their first conference loss of the season to No. 1 Connecticut, shot 38.5 percent from the field (20-for-52), including 3-for-17 from 3-point range.

No. 23 Illinois 66, No. 12 Purdue 48: Mike Davis scored 14 points and pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds, leading the Illini to a victory over the Boilermakers in Champaign, Ill.

Demetri McCamey added 13 points for Illinois (19-5, 7-4 Big Ten), which never trailed while taking advantage of the absence of Purdue star Robbie Hummel to pull into a tie with Ohio State for second in the conference. Both teams are chasing Michigan State.

Hummel has been out with a hairline fracture in his back. He was cleared to play in the Boilermakers’ loss to the Buckeyes on Tuesday but still hasn’t made it off the bench.

Illinois held Purdue (18-5, 6-4) to season lows in scoring, shooting percentage (32.2 percent) and 3-point shooting (2-for-15).

JaJuan Johnson scored 17 points to lead Purdue, while Lewis Jackson added 12.

No. 22 Washington 75, Stanford 68: Quincy Pondexter scored 20 points, including a pair of key free throws down the stretch, and the Huskies beat the Cardinal in Stanford, Calif.

Isaiah Thomas added 17 points for the Huskies (17-6, 8-3 Pac-10), who ended a 15-game losing streak at Stanford. Jon Brockman added 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Venoy Overton had 11 points.

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