Originally created 01/13/02

Wake Forest dominates Clemson

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Darius Songaila had an ice pack around his shooting hand and a gash under his eye, a couple of rewards for No. 19 Wake Forest's perfect conference record.

Songaila and his frontcourt teammates combined for 46 points Saturday to lead Wake Forest to a 96-55 rout of Clemson, its seventh straight win over the Tigers.

The Demon Deacons (13-3, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their fifth consecutive game and kept pace with No. 4 Maryland as the only undefeated teams in the conference.

Wake has earned its three victories with ease, beating conference opponents by an average of 28 points.

Wake ran up its highest point total in an ACC game since 1993. Clemson coach Larry Shyatt said it could have been a lot worse.

"These guys got 96 and it was like a freight train that could have scored well over 100," Shyatt said.

Chris Hobbs, at 6-foot-7 one of the few options the Tigers had to use to stop Wake's inside game, went to the bench with his third foul with 10:09 to play in the first half.

"He's a handful for us inside," Prosser said. "So that really helped our effort that he was in foul trouble."

Songaila, sensing the mismatch, immediately posted up for a layup on Wake's next possession that drew a foul. Shyatt stomped onto the court to argue the call, drawing a technical that made him so upset he backhanded a row of paper cups filled with water off the scorer's table.

Any chance the Tigers might have had to get back in the game was lost when Hobbs fouled out with 11:33 to play, leaving Wake's frontcourt free to dominate.


In Chapel Hill, N.C., No. 7 Virginia salvaged what was a disastrous week in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a win over slumping North Carolina.

Roger Mason Jr. scored 18 points and sank four straight from the line over the final 41.1 seconds to seal the win.

The Tar Heels (5-8, 1-3 ACC) matched the school record for home losses in a season at five and fell to the Cavaliers for just the second time in 17 games in the Smith Center.

The Cavaliers (10-2, 1-2) were expected to battle No. 2 Duke and No. 4 Maryland for the ACC title with a veteran club. But they lost at home to N.C. State last Saturday and fell at Clemson by 16 at mid-week to fall into an early hole in the league.


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