- The Washington Times - Monday, January 12, 2009

From combined dispatches

No. 4 Wake Forest 92, No. 3 North Carolina 89: Jeff Teague scored a career-high 34 points to lead the Demon Deacons past the Tar Heels on Sunday night in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Chas McFarland matched a season high with 20 points for the Demon Deacons (14-0, 1-0 ACC), who remained one of three unbeatens in Division I and matched the 1980-81 team that also won its first 14 games.

Danny Green scored 22 points, and Tyler Hansbrough added 17 on 3-for-12 shooting — he went without a field goal in the second half for the Tar Heels (14-2, 0-2).

In a span of eight days, the once unanimous No. 1 team in the nation has lost two of three and shares last place in the ACC with Georgia Tech. The Tar Heels have lost their first two league games for the first time since 1996-97, when they started 0-3.

North Carolina has been hampered by the absence of top defender Marcus Ginyard, who missed his second straight game and has been slow to recover from offseason foot surgery.

Wake Forest led for most of the second half, but the Tar Heels made things interesting late by twice closing within three points in the final minute.

After Will Graves’ 3-pointer made it 91-89 with 4.7 seconds left, Teague knocked down a free throw with 3.3 seconds remaining to end the scoring.

Graves’ desperation heave from halfcourt hit off the backboard and sent the tie-dye-clad Screamin’ Demons student section onto the court to celebrate Wake Forest’s most significant victory since the Chris Paul-led team — also ranked No. 4 — knocked off the then No. 3 Tar Heels four years ago.

That team under Skip Prosser made it to No. 1 for the first time in school history. With the best friend of the late coach on the bench, these young but talented Demon Deacons also are starting to develop that type of look.

And just as then, a star guard with an uncanny knack for hitting the big shots has Wake Forest clicking.

Teague clearly outplayed his counterpart — North Carolina’s Ty Lawson, who finished 4-for-12 from the field, missed all four of his 3-pointers and turned it over four times.

Teague entered with an ACC-leading average of 19.6 points — Hansbrough’s average of 22 points would have been tops in the league had he played in at least 75 percent of North Carolina’s games.

He finished 9-for-17 from the field, hit three of four 3-pointers and was 13-for-15 from the free throw line. During one second-half stretch, Teague slashed his way through the lane for layups on three consecutive possessions.

Playing in front of a record Joel Coliseum crowd of 14,714 that included one-time Wake Forest guard Muggsy Bogues, former coach Dave Odom — and a student dressed as Dino from “The Flintstones” in honor of coach Dino Gaudio — the Demon Deacons started strong and twice led by nine.

And just as he did in last season’s upset of then No. 2 Duke, Teague started strong.

He scored 10 of his team’s first 14 points, and Wake Forest forced the Tar Heels to miss 11 of their first 15 shots before things tightened up — once North Carolina responded with a 10-2 run midway through the half, neither team led by more than six until Teague put Wake Forest up 70-63 with a free throw with nine minutes remaining.

Teague’s two free throws with 14:07 remaining made it 58-57 and put the Demon Deacons in front to stay.

No. 1 Pittsburgh 90, St. John’s 67: Just before the opening tip, Pittsburgh’s punishing center DeJuan Blair jumped and performed a two-handed pullup on the rim.

The Panthers seem to like lofty views.

Blair had 23 points and 18 rebounds, and Jermaine Dixon added 17 points as Pittsburgh, playing for the first time as the nation’s top-ranked basketball team, ran away from the Red Storm in the second half for a win at home against one of the few Big East Conference members not in the Top 25.

No. 14 Purdue 65, Wisconsin 52: JaJuan Johnson had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Robbie Hummel scored 16 in his return from a back injury as the Boilermakers beat the Badgers in West Lafayette, Ind.

Joe Krabbenhoft had 13 points and seven rebounds for Wisconsin (12-4, 3-1 Big Ten), which had won three straight. Marcus Landry, Wisconsin’s leading scorer, finished with nine points on 3-for-15 shooting.

No. 16 Xavier 86, Fordham 60: Xavier looked really good for a half before the Rams came up with a sensational five minutes. Then the Musketeers went back to being themselves for another easy win.

B.J. Raymond scored 18 points to lead six Xavier players in double figures in a victory over the Rams in New York.

No. 22 Minnesota 79, Penn State 59: Reserve Devron Bostick scored 19 points to lead the Golden Gophers to a victory over the Nittany Lions in Minneapolis.

Fellow junior college transfer Paul Carter added 14 for the Gophers (15-1, 3-1 Big Ten), who shot 62.5 percent and hit all nine of their 3-pointers.

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