Olden Polynice and Andrew Kennedy each scored 16 points in Virginia's 69-53 victory over Wake Forest last night in Greensboro, N.C., but their coach, Terry Holland, praised the losing Demon Deacons.
"They certainly made it tough," he said. "They hung in the game somehow and made it tough on us. They kept up the pressure by keeping it close. We did a good job handling it.
"At the end, we had to have some baskets and we ended up getting them from a lot of different people. I thought we had a lot of different heroes tonight."
"In the second half, we couldn't get anything generated offensively," Wake Forest Coach Bob Staak said. "We executed well against their zone. But their defense did affect us. We just weren't able to get enough going defensively to generate anything offensively."
The Cavaliers, who are 16-6 overall and 5-4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, took the lead for good, 31-30, about four minutes into in the second half.
Wake Forest's Mark Cline had 19 points, Rod Watson 10 points and Tyrone Bogues 10 assists. Bogues, who is 5 feet 3, blocked a shot.
The Demon Deacons are 7-17 overall and 0-12 in the ACC. No ACC team has lost all its league games since Georgia Tech went 0-14 in 1981. North Carolina 79, Clemson 64
Center Brad Daugherty scored 13 points in the first 10 minutes of the second half to enable top-ranked North Carolina to win an ACC game in Clemson, S.C.
North Carolina is 25-1 overall and 9-1 in the ACC. Clemson is 14-10 and 2-8.
Daugherty finished with a game-high 23 points and teammate Kenny Smith, a point guard, scored all 16 of his points in the second half.
Freshman forward Michael Best, staring his first game for Clemson, had 20 points and teammate Horace Grant had 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Clemson took the lead early and led by 17-11, when North Carolina sent Warren Martin into the game. His six straight points tied the score, then the Tar Heels took the lead for good at 23-21 on Kevin Madden's basket with 3:52 left in the half. North Carolina led at intermission, 29-26. Syracuse 77, Villanova 72
Point guard Dwayne Washington scored a career-high 33 points and had seven assists to lift 12th-ranked Syracuse to victory in Big East play in Syracuse, N.Y.
Although starters Rafael Addison and Rony Seikaly were slowed by injuries, the Orangemen are 19-3 overall and 10-1 in the Big East.
Wendell Alexis had 19 points, but Addison had only six and Seikaly five. Each had at least 20 when Syracuse beat the Wildcats, 80-57, in Philadelphia last month.
Villanova is 17-11 and 7-5, although Mark Plansky scored 21 points and reserve center Wyatt Maker 13