Scores

Final

(19) Wake Forest 87

(6-0, 0-0 away)

Baylor 74

(6-1, 4-0 home)

10:30 PM ET, November 30, 2008

Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California

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#19WAKE 30 5787
BAY 31 4374

Top Performers

Wake Forest: J. Johnson 14 Pts, 14 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

Baylor: H. Dugat 19 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast, 4 Stl

No. 24 Wake claims 76 Classic title behind three double-doubles

Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- L.D. Williams and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons pushed aside upset-minded Baylor with a complete 40-minute effort.

Fast Facts

• The Demon Deacons started the season 6-0 for the first time since the 2003-04 season.

• All five Wake Forest starters scored in double figures, and three of them had double-doubles.

• The Bears shot just 32.8 percent from the floor, a season low.

-- ESPN research

Williams had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Jeff Teague added 14 points, eight rebounds and eight assists to help Wake Forest (No. 24 ESPN/USA Today/N0. 19 AP) beat Baylor 87-74 on Sunday night in the 76 Classic championship game.

"You've got to psych yourself up for a team like this," Williams said. "The coaches harped on how hard they play on offense and how relentless they were on the backboard. But we stepped up to the challenge and got a big win."

James Johnson had 14 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks, and Al-Farouq Aminu finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Demon Deacons (6-0). Wake Forest had a season-high 62 rebounds, 24 more than Baylor.

"I thought we played incredibly hard, with a lot of energy and a lot of emotion," Demon Deacons coach Dino Gaudio said. "It manifested itself on the defensive end and it showed itself on the backboard."

Baylor beat No. 14 Arizona State 87-78 on Friday night, but Bears coach Scott Drew said Wake Forest offered a different style.

"They're 180 degrees different," Drew said. "Wake Forest plays a much more up-and-down game and they really on the paint; they only shot six [3-point shots]. Usually, championship games are won in the paint."

Henry Dugat scored 19 points for the Bears (6-1), and Curtis Jerrells added 16. Baylor shot a season-low 32.4 percent.

Baylor led 36-31 early in the second half, but Wake Forest used a 16-1 run to move ahead 49-37 with 13:20 to play. Williams scored five points and Aminu had four points in the surge.

The Bears cut it to 67-63 with 3:38 left, but Aminu and Ishmael Smith made layups, and Teague added two free throws to give Wake Forest a 73-63 edge with 2:18 remaining.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WAKE
BAY
Points 87 74
FG Made-Attempted 26-64 (.406) 22-68 (.324)
3P Made-Attempted 1-6 (.167) 8-31 (.258)
FT Made-Attempted 34-48 (.708) 22-33 (.667)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 30 (0/0)
Largest Lead 14 5

2008-09 Season

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