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No. 15 Wake Forest routs Indiana

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

By JOEDY McCREARY

AP Sports Writer

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- James Johnson scored 15 of his 21 points in the first half, and No. 15 Wake Forest routed Indiana 83-58 on Wednesday night.

L.D. Williams added 16 points for the Demon Deacons (7-0), who continued their best start since 2003, when they opened with 11 straight wins in Chris Paul's freshman year.

Indiana native Jeff Teague scored all 14 of his points after halftime and freshman Al-Farouq Aminu finished with 12 for Wake Forest, which shot 61.5 percent in pushing its record in the made-for-TV ACC/Big Ten Challenge to 5-0 at home and 8-1 overall.

The Atlantic Coast Conference's stingiest defense held the rebuilding Hoosiers (4-3) to 37.7 percent shooting and forced them into a season-high 26 turnovers -- the fifth time that first-year coach Tom Crean's freshman-laden team has turned it over at least 20 times.

Malik Story scored 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting and fellow newcomer Nick Williams had 10 rebounds for Indiana, which had its two-game winning streak snapped.

Wake Forest took its first 20-point lead less than 30 seconds into the second half when Teague's layup made it 51-31, and Indiana didn't get closer than 15 after that.

But playing for the first time since winning a holiday tournament in California, the Demon Deacons showed a few flaws in their game.

They turned it over a season-high 24 times and, after a 62-rebound performance last time out against Baylor, their rebounding advantage was just 34-30 despite having four players 6-foot-11 or taller lining up against an Indiana team with just three who are at least 6-9.

Still, they had more than enough to take care of an Indiana team with one senior -- the only player on the roster with significant minutes in last season -- in its first true road game of the year.

Wake Forest held the Hoosiers' leading scorer, freshman Tom Pritchard, to four points -- nearly 12 below his average -- on 1-of-7 shooting.

The Demon Deacons took control late in a sloppy first half in which the teams combined for 28 turnovers.

Wake Forest took the lead for good during an Aminu-fueled 12-2 run midway through the half before pushing it into double figures by reeling off seven straight points in a minute. Johnson capped the spurt with a 3-pointer from the left wing with just under 5 minutes before the break that made it 39-25. The lead was 47-31 at halftime.



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