Illini slam Demon Deacons

Posted: Thursday, December 02, 2004


  Illinois' Roger Powell dunks the ball during first half action against Wake Forest at Assembly Hall in Chamapaign, Ill., on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2004. AP Photo/Robin Scholz

Illinois' Roger Powell dunks the ball during first half action against Wake Forest at Assembly Hall in Chamapaign, Ill., on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2004.

AP Photo/Robin Scholz

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Roger Powell Jr. scored 19 points, Dee Brown and Luther Head added 16 each and No. 5 Illinois made No. 1 Wake Forest look more like a nonconference patsy in a 91-73 rout Wednesday night.

The Illini (5-0) led by double-digits for the last 28-plus minutes of the game, and were up by as much as 32 in the second half. With 8:34 still to play, the ''Orange Krush'' student section broke into chants of ''OVERRATED!'' In the final minutes of the game, there were chants of ''WE'RE No. 1.''

Illinois has now won 35 straight at home against non-conference opponents, a streak that dates back to Nov. 17, 1998. The Illini are 66-3 overall at Assembly Hall since the 2000-01 season.

Wake Forest (5-1) opened the season 5-0 and climbed to No. 1 for the first time in school history. The Demon Deacons were held to 39 percent shooting, and their two best players were never a factor. Chris Paul, the leading vote-getter on the AP's preseason All-America team, had just 10 while Justin Gray, MVP of the preseason NIT, had 11. Eric Williams, the other member of Wake Forest's big three, had 18 on 7-of-13 shooting.

No. 3 Syracuse 91, St. Bonaventure 67

SYRACUSE, N.Y. Hakim Warrick had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Josh Pace added 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Orange.

It marked the 30th straight victory for Syracuse (6-0) over teams from New York state and sent the Bonnies (0-4) to their 21st straight road loss.

Gerry McNamara had 17 points and Darryl Watkins had 12 for Syracuse, and Billy Edelin (four points, three assists) returned to the lineup after leaving the team in the middle of last season for personal reasons.

Wade Dunston led the Bonnies with 17 points.

No. 9 North Carolina 70, Indiana 63

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. Rashad McCants scored 19 points and Raymond Felton added 18 points to lead the Tar Heels (5-1) to their fifth straight win.

Indiana (2-1) was led by Bracey Wright with 18 points and Robert Vaden with 16 points and nine rebounds.

Indiana fans were not kind to North Carolina's Sean May, a former Indiana Mr. Basketball and the son of Indiana All-American Scott May. He was booed in warmups and one fan had a sign taken away that read ''Sean May Traitor.''

No. 13 Pittsburgh 65, St. Francis, Pa. 41

PITTSBURGH Chevon Troutman led a decisive 17-2 run late in the first half and scored 22 points as Pittsburgh improved to 28-0 in games against St. Francis.

Troutman made four free throws and Antonio Graves, Carl Krauser and Ronald Ramon hit 3-pointers during the run, which pushed Pitt from a 17-all tie into a 34-19 lead. The Panthers (4-0) coasted after that.

Gonzaga 99, No. 14 Washington 87

SPOKANE, Wash. Adam Morrison scored a career high 26 points and Ronny Turiaf had 23 points and 13 rebounds as Gonzaga (4-1) won its seventh straight over Washington.

Nate Robinson led Washington (4-1) with 22 points, including four 3-pointers.

Gonzaga led from the opening tip, and pulled away from a 59-all tie with 13 minutes remaining. Three-pointers by Derek Raivio and Morrison helped Gonzaga build a 92-82 lead with 2:25 to play.

Jamaal Williams had 18 points for Washington.

No. 22 Alabama 114, East Tennessee St. 77

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. Earnest Shelton scored 24 points and Ronald Steele had a school-record 18 assists for Alabama.

Shelton was 6-of-11 from 3-point range, and the Crimson Tide (5-1) shot 19-of-41 from behind the arc breaking the school's single-game record of 16 set in 1996 against Mercer.

Kennedy Winston added 21 points and 10 rebounds. Steele broke the school single-game record of 16, and Alabama's 30 total assists were also a school record.

No. 24 Virginia 48, Northwestern 44

EVANSTON, Ill. Elton Brown had 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead Virginia.

Brown scored the first eight points of the game for the Cavaliers (5-0), who held their fifth straight opponent to 60 points or less.

Northwestern (1-4) is off to its worst start since 1999-2000, when it opened with the same record.

Women's Top 25

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. Camille Little scored a season-high 24 points and La'Tangela Atkinson added 19 for second-ranked North Carolina in an 89-51 victory Wednesday night over Wofford.

Both went 3-for-3 from beyond the arc for their first 3-pointers of the season and career highs for treys in a game. Reserve Erlana Larkins added 12 points for the Tar Heels (6-0).

The Tar Heels forced Wofford into a season-high 31 turnovers and led by as many as 43 points at 80-37 with 8:19 to play.

Nakia Mister had 11 points for Wofford (2-4), which lost for the third straight time.

No. 7 Texas 80, McNeese St. 26

AUSTIN, Texas Tiffany Jackson had 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Texas, which gave Jody Conradt her 850th career win.

Heather Schreiber broke out of a shooting slump with 13 points for the Longhorns (3-2). Samika Stewart had 10 points to lead McNeese State (1-5), which scored just 13 points in each half and shot 17 percent for the game.

No. 8 Connecticut 75, South Florida 65, OT

STORRS, Conn. Eighth-ranked Connecticut narrowly avoided its first two-game losing streak in 12 seasons when Barbara Turner got eight of her 23 points in overtime.

Willnett Crockett finished with a career-high 18 points and 15 boards, including several key defensive rebounds in the extra session.

The Huskies (2-1) were coming off a defeat to North Carolina 10 days earlier, and had not lost consecutively since the 1992-93 season. It was the first overtime game in Gampel Pavilion since the arena opened in 1990.

Anedra Gilmore led the Bulls (5-3) with 20 points. Her 3-pointer with 22.6 seconds left in regulation tied the game at 65. But South Florida went scoreless in overtime, missing all five of its shots.

No. 13 Vanderbilt 96, Memphis 54

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Dee Davis matched a career high with 21 points to lead six Commodores in double figures.

Vanderbilt (5-0) raced to a 47-25 halftime lead and made it a rout with a 22-4 run out of the break. Ashley Earley had 18 points for Vanderbilt. Carla Thomas added 16 points, Katie Antony and Cherish Stringfield had 12 apiece and Nicole Jules a career-high 10.

George Washington 62, No. 24 Villanova 52

WASHINGTON Jessica Simmonds scored 19 points and tied her career high with 13 rebounds to lead George Washington's upset victory.

Anna Montanana added 19 points for the Colonials (3-1), and sophomore guard Kenan Cole scored 12 in her first career start.

Jenna Viani scored 14 points to lead Villanova (3-2), which played the fourth game of a tough five-game road trip that included a victory over Penn State and a loss to North Carolina.

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