No. 10 W. Forest again pulls rank on Terps, 88-64

February 18, 1993|By Jerry Bembry | Jerry Bembry,Staff Writer

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- For the Maryland Terrapins, the stretch of games against three top 10 teams concluded last night in ugly fashion.

After playing to within three points of No. 10 Wake Forest at the half, the Terps were helpless in the second half as the Demon Deacons shot 62.9 percent over the final 20 minutes for an 88-64 win at Lawrence Joel Coliseum.

Playing for the sixth straight time against a top 25 team, Maryland (10-12, 1-11) lost its seventh in a row. Wake Forest (17-4, 8-3) remained the hottest team in the Atlantic Coast Conference with its ninth win in the past 10 games.

Rodney Rogers, who averaged 29 points in the four games before last night's, scored 28 to lead Wake Forest. Johnny Rhodes scored 16 to lead Maryland.

After a lackluster effort in taking a 36-33 halftime lead, the Demon Deacons -- with little scoring help from Rogers -- burst out of the second-half gate.

While the Maryland guards sagged down on Rogers, guard Marc Blucas -- starting in place of the injured Charlie Harrison -- hit two three-pointers during a 13-3 run early in the second half that gave Wake Forest a 49-38 lead.

Following a three-pointer by Exree Hipp that pulled the Terrapins to within 49-41, Wake Forest broke the game wide open. Senior (( center

Derrick Hicks, constantly left alone at the foul line while his

defender sagged on Rogers, scored 10 points during a 22-11 Wake Forest run that increased the lead to 71-52 with seven minutes left.

Kevin McLinton hit two free throws for Maryland to make it 71-54, then Rogers got hot. Rogers, who scored just two field goals in the first 11 minutes of the half, scored nine points during a 12-2 run -- the last two coming on a thunderous dunk -- that capped the Demon Deacons' easy victory.

The Terrapins got off to a good start in hitting four of their first five shots to take a 9-5 lead. The Demon Deacons, playing at home for the first time since Jan. 30, seemed to be

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having a difficult time adjusting as they missed nine of their first 12 shots.

But Rogers again was unstoppable. The 252-pound forward, who ended up with 15 first-half points on seven of nine from the field, scored the first six points for Wake Forest and sent Maryland forward Mario Lucas -- making just his second start -- to the bench with his third foul just more than four minutes into the game.

Wake Forest, which trailed by five in the opening minutes, were able to tie the game at 12 on a Rogers layup with 12:05 left. But Maryland, playing with a lot of patience, came back to take a 22-18 lead after a layup by Hipp with 7:58 left in the half.

Then the Terrapins went cold, going scoreless for nearly three minutes while Wake Forest was on a 9-0 run that -- ending with a three-pointer by Randolph Childress -- gave the Demon Deacons a 27-22 lead with just less than six minutes left.

The Terrapins got a spark from the bench late in the half when sophomore guard Wayne Bristol -- who has hit just two three-pointers in limited action all season -- hit two in a span of just more than two minutes. The second, and the ensuing free throw after he was fouled by Blucas, pulled Maryland to within 32-21 with 3:14 left. But Wake Forest was still able to go into the half with its 36-33 lead.

The reason the half was so close was, outside of Rogers, the Demon Deacons hit just eight of 25 shots from the field in the first half. Wake Forest coach Dave Odom, who had hoped to sit out Harrison (sprained left knee last week against Florida State), played his injured point guard for five minutes in the first half in an effort to awaken his team.

ACC standings

1'.. .. .. .. .. .. Conf. .. .. Overall

.. .. .. .. .. .. W .. .. L .. .. W .. .. L .. .. Pct.

N.Carolina ... .. 10 . .. 2 .. .. 21 . .. 3 .. .. .875

Florida St. .. .. 10 . .. 2 .. .. 20 . .. 6 .. .. .769

Wake Forest .. ... 8 . .. 3 .. .. 17 . .. 4 .. .. .810

Duke ... .. .. ... 7 . .. 4 .. .. 19 . .. 4 .. .. .826

Virginia .. .. ... 7 . .. 4 .. .. 15 . .. 5 .. .. .750

Georgia Tech . ... 5 . .. 6 .. .. 13 . .. 8 .. .. .619

Clemson ... .. ... 2 . .. 9 .. .. 12 . .. 9 .. .. .571

N.C. State ... ... 1 . . 10 .. ... 7 . . 14 .. .. .333

Maryland .. .. ... 1 . . 11 .. .. 10 . . 12 .. .. .455

Yesterday's results

Wake Forest 88, Maryland 64

Florida State 72, N.C. State 71

North Carolina 80, Clemson 67

Georgia Tech 65, Richmond 60

Today's game

Duke at Virginia, 9

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