Tar Heels roll over Wake
Published: Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Wayne Ellington scored 18 points, fellow freshman Ty Lawson added all 15 of his in the second half and No. 4 North Carolina routed Wake Forest 88-60 Wednesday night.
Tyler Hansbrough added 13 points for the Tar Heels (18-2, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who outscored the Demon Deacons 46-23 in the second half en route to their third straight win and 15th in 16 games.
Danny Green and freshman Brandan Wright added 12 points apiece for North Carolina, which won its second straight against Wake Forest.
It was the Tar Heels' most lopsided victory over the Demon Deacons since a 29-point romp in 1986 and helped them improve to 3-6 in their last nine meetings with Wake Forest.
Statistically, this one shaped up as a mismatch from the start — with the ACC's best offense matching up against its worst defense — but the Demon Deacons hung with the Tar Heels for little over a half before wilting. After halftime, North Carolina shot 57 percent and held Wake Forest to under 26 percent shooting.
Kyle Visser had 16 points to lead Wake Forest (9-10, 1-6), which lost its fifth straight and fell deeper into the ACC cellar.
But the Tar Heels needed Lawson twice in the final 20 minutes to help them turn away the Demon Deacons.
After Wake Forest pulled to within 44-41 in the opening moments of the second half, Lawson scored six straight points to give the Tar Heels some breathing room.
Then after Jamie Skeen's 3-pointer pulled the Demon Deacons within 52-46 with 16 minutes left, Lawson hit a 3 to start a 30-6 run over about a 10-minute stretch to seal the outcome.
Green gave North Carolina the lead for good midway through the first half when his 3-pointer made it 25-23.
NO. 5 OHIO STATE 59, NORTHWESTERN 50
Freshman Greg Oden had 17 points and a season-high 17 rebounds, and No. 5 Ohio State hung on to beat Northwestern 59-50 on Wednesday night.
Oden scored 10 points over the final 10:19, after Northwestern's Tim Doyle hit back-to-back baskets to pull the Wildcats within 39-38. Oden's 17 boards were one more than his previous high, and the Buckeyes outrebounded Northwestern 39-19.
NO. 9 PITTSBURGH 67, CINCINNATI 51
Levance Fields made a career-high six 3-pointers, leading a long-range spree that carried No. 9 Pittsburgh to a victory over Cincinnati.
The Panthers (18-3, 6-1) held onto their spot atop the Big East by featuring their dangerous inside-out attack. Pitt went 12-of-19 from 3-point range against a smaller team determined to not get beaten inside by 7-foot center Aaron Gray.
John Williamson scored 15 points to lead Cincinnati (10-9, 1-4), which couldn't build upon its upset of West Virginia on Saturday, its first conference win of the season.
Fields set the tone by going 6-of-7 on 3-pointers, thwarting every defense the Bearcats tried. Cincinnati played zone, man-to-man and a full-court press, but the Panthers solved them all with a patient half-court offense.
Pitt's balance helped it rebound from its first conference loss, a 77-74 overtime defeat to Marquette on Sunday that snapped a seven-game winning streak. Ronald Ramon and Sam Young added 10 points apiece.
TEXAS TECH 70, NO. 6 TEXAS A&M 68
Martin Zeno sank a free throw with 24.9 seconds remaining to lift Texas Tech over No. 6 Texas A&M, giving the Red Raiders their second straight win over a Top 10 team.
Tech beat then-No. 5 Kansas 69-64 Saturday.
As they did Saturday, many of the 5,898 students — many who began camping out for tickets Tuesday afternoon — swarmed the floor after the win.
The Aggies had a chance with 9.3 seconds remaining, but Zeno stole the inbounds pass from Dominique Kirk to Joseph Jones and was fouled. He sank both free throws to seal the win. He finished 13-of-14 from the line.
NO. 8 KANSAS 82, BAYLOR 56
Brandon Rush scored 18 points and No. 8 Kansas held Baylor to three points in the first 11 minutes to cruise to a win.
Julian Wright added 16 points for the visiting Jayhawks (17-3, 4-1 Big 12).
Baylor coach Scott Drew was courtside a little more than 24 hours after having an appendectomy on Tuesday. He stayed in his seat, letting assistant Matt Driscoll do most of the game coaching.
NO. 15 MARQUETTE 89, SETON HALL 76
Sophomores Wesley Matthews and Jerel McNeal scored 22 points apiece and No. 15 Marquette had little trouble beating visiting Seton Hall.
Marquette (18-4, 5-2 Big East) avoided a letdown after its thrilling 77-74 overtime victory at Big East leading Pittsburgh on Sunday. The Golden Eagles have won five consecutive games after starting conference play with losses to Providence and Syracuse.
SOUTH FLORIDA 62, RUTGERS 40
Kentrell Gransberry scored 13 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, leading South Florida to a win over Rutgers.
Melvin Buckley had 11 points and Jesus Verdejo scored all 10 of his points in the first half to help the Bulls (11-10, 2-5) build a 20-point halftime lead and win for just the third time in 23 conference games since joining the Big East last season.
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