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Wake Forest rolls past FSU

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published December 17, 2001

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Wake Forest loves to open ACC play at home.

Darius Songaila scored 29 as the 19th-ranked Demon Deacons pulled away in the second half for a 93-72 victory Sunday night over Florida State.

"We couldn't quite handle him, and he scored in a variety of ways," FSU coach Steve Robinson said. "He is what he is because he can make those kinds of plays and finish those plays."

Wake Forest has won seven of its past eight conference home openers after winning its ACC opener for the second time in its past five seasons.

The Demon Deacons took a 10-2 lead on a 3-pointer by Broderick Hicks 1:28 in. They led by as many as 15 in the first half. But FSU closed the half with an 8-2 spurt to pull within 43-38 at halftime.

Freshman Jamaal Levy's 3-pointer capped a 16-4 spurt that gave Wake Forest a 65-48 lead with 12:23 left. Levy came off the bench to score a career-high 15.

"It's hard enough to defend the star," Robinson said. "To have a guy come off the bench and score 15, it's huge."

FSU was led by Monte Cummings' 16 points in its ACC opener.

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UNC 61, BINGHAMTON 60: Jason Capel made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 58 seconds left and a sick Kris Lang made two key defensive plays for the host Tar Heels.

Binghamton shot 34 percent but hung close by tying a school record with 12 3-pointers.

The Bearcats led by one with 1:14 left before Capel made his winning basket. On the ensuing inbounds, Lang, who missed most of the first half with a virus, dived on the floor for a loose ball and called timeout.

After a turnover by Jackie Manuel, Lang blocked a shot by Brett Watson with 10.6 seconds left.

Before the game, Neil Fingleton, a 7-foot-5 center who has played briefly in just one of North Carolina's games, said he would transfer.

Fingleton, a redshirt freshman, had back surgery in August 2000 and sat out last season. He was a McDonald's All-American but had trouble keeping up in coach Matt Doherty's uptempo offense.

GA. TECH 96, NO. 13 SYRACUSE 80: Clarence Moore scored 20, including a 3-pointer 19 seconds into the game to give Georgia Tech the lead for good in Atlanta. The Yellow Jackets used a 13-0 run to take a 34-17 lead and led 38-25 at halftime.

Syracuse cut the lead to 55-49 with 13:24 left on a 3-pointer by DeShaun Williams. But Georgia Tech came back with a 10-0 run.

NO. 1 DUKE 93, N.C. A&T 51: Jason Williams hit six 3-pointers and scored all 18 of his points in the first half for the host Blue Devils.

Williams played just eight minutes in the second half after straining his groin but said he will be ready when Duke faces Kentucky on Tuesday.

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