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© St. Petersburg Times, published January 3, 2001


Wake rout brings UVa to earth

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Darius Songaila helped Lithuania to a bronze medal in the Olympics. He looks ready to lead No. 4 Wake Forest to an Atlantic Coast Conference championship.

The unbeaten Demon Deacons, playing in their biggest ACC game since the Tim Duncan era, rolled over undefeated and No. 8 Virginia 96-73 Tuesday night in the league opener for both teams.

The 6-foot-9, 245-pound Songaila was 11-of-12 from the field and scored a career-high 27 points for the Demon Deacons, who shot 58 percent and won their 17th straight dating to last season's NIT championship.

"He's a killer. He's a mangler," Virginia coach Pete Gillen said of the Wake Forest junior. "He kills innocent bystanders sometimes in the post. He was knocking people around, and if you can do that he's going to be tough to guard."

Songaila scored 22 points against the Cavaliers in March when he made 14 of 14 free throws.

"Against certain people Darius is going to be very, very dominating and tonight was one of those nights, no matter who they put on him," Wake Forest coach Dave Odom said.

NO. 13 UNC 84, GA. TECH 70: Joseph Forte scored 20 points, including eight on two possessions early in the second half, and the visiting Tar Heels bounced back from a 12-point halftime deficit.

Georgia Tech announced that forward Clarence Moore will miss the rest of the season with a broken left foot and will seek a medical redshirt.

NO. 17 MARYLAND 104, CLEMSON 92: Terence Morris scored 18 of his 26 points in the second half and the visiting Terrapins won their ninth straight by pulling away over the final five minutes.

SEC

NO. 18 ALABAMA 92, SE LOUISIANA 63: Ron Grizzard scored 22 points, and the host Crimson Tide scored 90 for the fifth time and won by more than 25 for the sixth time.

ARKANSAS 100, MD.-EASTERN SHORE 40: Joe Johnson and Jannero Pargo scored 14 points each to lead seven players in double figures for the host Razorbacks.

C-USA

KENTUCKY 64, LOUISVILLE 62: Keith Bogans scored 16 points and the visiting Wildcats went over .500 for the first time. The Cardinals (4-9) are off to their worst start in coach Denny Crum's 30 seasons.

Top 25

NO. 14 SYRACUSE 79, NO. 21 NOTRE DAME 70: Allen Griffin scored 11 of his 20 points over the final 3:42 and Damone Brown had 26 points and 13 rebounds for the second straight game as the host Orangemen won their fifth straight.

NO. 23 IOWA ST. 95, ILL.-CHICAGO 44: Reserves Shane Power and Tyray Pearson scored 14 points each as the Cyclones won their 28th straight at home.

NO. 10 UCONN: Unhappy with his playing time, junior forward Ajou Deng will transfer to intrastate rival Fairfield, according to televised reports.

State

TROY ST. 79, UCF 64: Lemayn Wilson scored a career-high 20 points and Jacova Jenkins had 12 rebounds to lead the host Trojans.

CARTHAGE 80, TAMPA 74 (OT): Visiting Carthage made 5 of 6 free throws in the final 30 seconds of overtime to snap the Spartans' 11-game winning streak.

Nation

PENN ST.: Reserve center Marcus Banta was arrested and charged with tampering with a motel fire alarm. Banta was charged Saturday after police were called to a Motel 6 in Ferguson Township, Pa.

UTAH: Coach Rick Majerus had successful surgery to open two coronary artery branches, the school said. Majerus, 52, checked himself into the hospital Monday after having chest pains.

Women

HOUSTON 82, USF 59: Chandi Jones scored 22 points as the Cougars beat the host Bulls for the first time in eight meetings.

MIAMI 83, RADFORD 48: Sheila James scored a career-high 28 points as the host Hurricanes won their third straight.

HARDING 73, SAINT LEO 64: Mindy Napier had 22 points to lead the visiting Bison.

NO. 1 UCONN 107, GEORGETOWN 45: Shea Ralph scored 19 points as the host Huskies avoided a letdown after beating Tennessee.

NO. 2 TENNESSEE 58, NO. 9 RUTGERS 51: Tamika Catchings had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the visiting Vols.

NO. 5 DUKE 81, WAKE FOREST 56: Georgia Schweitzer set a school record with 161 career three-pointers for the host Blue Devils.

UVA 77, NO. 16 N.C. STATE 64: LaRue Schuye had 25 points and 10 rebounds, her fourth straight double double, for the host Cavs.

MARYLAND 85, NO. 18 CLEMSON 73 (OT): The host Terrapins outscored the Tigers 19-7 in overtime. Clemson's Marci Glenney hit two free throws with 43 seconds left, tying it at 66.

NO. 23 VANDERBILT 70, TEMPLE 51: Jillian Danker scored 26 points for the host Commodores.

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT 64, NO. 25 UTAH 58: Adrianne Slaughter had 15 points and 16 rebounds for the visiting Lions.

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