Teague’s big night leads Wake Forest past BYU 79-62
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP)—Freshman Jeff Teague scored 14 of his season-high 26 points in the first half of Wake Forest’s 79-62 rout of Brigham Young on Tuesday night.
Fellow rookie James Johnson added 19 points for the Demon Deacons (11-3), who wrapped up their nonconference schedule in surprisingly easy fashion, never trailing and leading by 19 early in the second half of their sixth straight victory and Atlantic Coast Conference-best 14th consecutive home win.
Chas McFarland added 11 points before fouling out in the final minute and Ishmael Smith scored 10 for Wake Forest, which shot nearly 52 percent and locked down on the Cougars’ scorers all night long. BYU, which entered shooting 48 percent, was held to 35.9 percent and committed 22 turnovers.
Teague bettered his previous high of 16 points set last month against Bucknell, nearly surpassing it during the first half with a near-perfect shooting display.
In the opening 20 minutes, Teague hit both of his attempts from 3-point range, sank both free throws and was 5-of-6 from the field in helping Wake Forest build a 17-point halftime lead. He finished 8-of-10 from the field and was perfect on eight free throws.
Lee Cummard and Jimmer Fredette both scored 15 points for BYU (11-4), which couldn’t pull closer than 12 points in the second half of its first visit to Wake Forest since 1955. BYU fell to 0-2 this season against the ACC’s North Carolina-based schools.
Top-ranked North Carolina beat the Cougars 73-63 in a November tournament in Las Vegas. This time, against a Demon Deacons team picked to finish in the bottom half of the ACC, it wasn’t nearly that close.
Wake Forest broke this one open in the first half, shooting 58.8 percent in that span and closing the period with a 21-8 run during the final 5:28 to take their insurmountable halftime lead.
Johnson scored 10 points during the spurt, burying consecutive 3s 37 seconds apart. Smith started the run with a layup to make it 30-24 and McFarland capped it with a baseline jumper at the 45-second mark that made it 49-32. It would have been worse had Chris Miles not swatted away Smith’s otherwise unimpeded drive down the lane that just beat the buzzer.
Still, the halftime hole was by far the Cougars’ worst of the season—and only the second they’ve faced this season, following the Tar Heels’ 38-31 lead.
Jonathan Tavernari, BYU’s most frequent 3-point shooter, was held to nine points on 2-of-11 shooting and missed seven of nine attempts from 3-point range. Tavernari entered averaging 15 points in the Cougars’ wins—but just 10 points in their previous three defeats.