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Demon Deacons roll over Tar Heels

Associated Press

Thanks to Chris Paul and Taron Downey, Wake Forest made the most of its only regular-season meeting with North Carolina.

Paul dominated his point guard matchup with Raymond Felton, Downey had a season-high 18 points and the fourth-ranked Demon Deacons ran away from the third-ranked Tar Heels 95-82 Saturday in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Wake Forest (15-1, 4-0) set an Atlantic Coast Conference record by making all 32 free throws – falling two short of tying the NCAA mark – with Paul finishing 9 for 9. The 6-foot sophomore finished with 24 points, eight assists and six rebounds to overshadow Felton, who shot only 5 for 18 from the floor and had 16 points.

The Tar Heels (14-2, 3-1) lost for the first time since their opener at Santa Clara.

(1) Illinois 78, Northwestern 66: At Evanston, Ill., Luther Head scored a season-high 26 points and the Illini (18-0, 4-0 Big Ten), who are off to the best start in school history, beat the Wildcats (8-8, 1-3).

The 6-foot-3 Head used his great leaping ability to score from the inside, hit four 3-pointers and played hustling defense for the Illini.

(2) Kansas 76, Colorado 61: At Boulder, Colo., Wayne Simien had 23 points and 17 rebounds and Keith Langford hit a handful of big shots to guide the Jayhawks (13-0, 3-0 Big 12) to a win over the Buffaloes (8-6, 0-3).

Kansas has won 31 of the past 32 games in the series.

(6) Oklahoma State 83, Iowa State 73: At Stillwater, Okla., Joey Graham and Ivan McFarlin each scored 20 points and Eddie Sutton moved into seventh place in career coaching wins as the Cowboys (13-1, 3-0 Big 12) held off the Cyclones (8-6, 0-3).

Sutton won his 768th game to pass Henry Iba, his mentor who coached him during his 36 years at Oklahoma State.

(7) Syracuse 75, Providence 71: At Providence, R.I., Hakim Warrick had 25 points, 12 rebounds and a key steal with 3.3 seconds left to help the Orangemen (17-1, 4-0 Big East) hold on for a win over the Friars (9-7, 0-3).

Dwight Brewington had 21 points to pace Providence.

(9) Kentucky 76, Georgia 55: At Athens, Ga., Patrick Sparks scored 15 points against his former coach and the Wildcats (12-2, 3-0 SEC) cruised to a victory over the Bulldogs (6-8, 0-4).

Chuck Hayes added 13 points and 11 rebounds for Kentucky, which led by as many as 30 points.

(10) Texas 63, Nebraska 53: At Lincoln, Neb., Daniel Gibson scored all 12 of his points in the final 14:32 to carry the Longhorns (13-3, 2-1 Big 12) past the Cornhuskers (8-5, 2-1).

(11) Mississippi State 80, Arkansas 55: At Starkville, Miss., Lawrence Roberts had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Bulldogs (15-3, 3-1 SEC) rolled to a win over the Razorbacks (13-4, 1-3).

(12) Connecticut 78, Rutgers 64: At Hartford, Conn., Josh Boone had 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Huskies (10-3, 2-1 Big East) past the Scarlet Knights (6-7, 0-3).

Charlie Villanueva had 14 points, tied his career-high with 14 rebounds and blocked six shots for the Huskies.

(19) Louisville 69, (18) Cincinnati 66: At Cincinnati, Larry O’Bannon got open under the basket for an uncontested reverse layup with 11 seconds to play to carry the Cardinals (14-3, 3-1 CUSA) past the Bearcats (14-2, 3-1).

(20) Pittsburgh 67, Seton Hall 63: At Pittsburgh, Chevon Troutman had 23 points as the Panthers (12-2, 2-1 Big East) survived a game of runs and beat the Pirates (8-6, 0-3).

Massachusetts 76, (21) George Washington 74 (OT): At Washington, with less than a second to play in overtime, Rashaun Freeman caught Anthony Anderson’s pass and laid it in the basket in one motion, giving the Minutemen (8-6, 2-2 Atlantic 10) a win over the Colonials (11-3, 3-1).

Freeman finished with season highs of 27 points and 15 rebounds.

(22) Marquette 66, South Florida 64: At Milwaukee, Todd Townsend’s three-point play with 5 seconds to play lifted the Golden Eagles (14-2, 2-1 CUSA) to a comeback victory over the Bulls (8-6, 1-2).

(24) Iowa 66, Minnesota 60: At Iowa City, Iowa, Pierre Pierce scored 18 points and the Hawkeyes (13-3, 1-2 Big Ten) beat the Golden Gophers (12-4, 2-1) despite going the final 10:45 without a field goal.

(25) Oklahoma 65, Baylor 61: At Waco, Texas, Drew Lavender scored a season-high 20 points, including a 3-pointer and two free throws in the final 45 seconds, to lead the Sooners (13-2, 2-0 Big 12) past the Bears (8-5, 0-2).