Deacons squish Spiders

Published 5:07 pm Saturday, December 20, 2008

By By HANK KURZ Jr., AP Sports Writer
RICHMOND, Va. — Chas McFarland had 20 points and 14 rebounds Friday night, and No. 10 Wake Forest overcame a lackluster performance in a 86-79 victory over Richmond.
The Demon Deacons (10-0) also got 21 points from Jeff Teague, including eight in a 17-6 run that allowed them to open a more comfortable 69-55 lead with 5:55 remaining.
Richmond (5-5) closed to within four twice in the final two minutes, the last at 78-74 with 1:35 left, but Teague scored on a drive and Al-Farouq Aminu followed with a dunk after a turnover to give the Demon Deacons an 82-74 lead and send fans streaming for the exits.
Aminu and L.D. Williams each added 14 points for Wake Forest, which finished with a 43-26 edge on the backboards and outscored the Spiders 27-12 from the free-throw line.
Kevin Anderson led Richmond with 21 points, David Gonzalvez had 18 and Jarhon Giddings 12.
The Demon Deacons dominated the backboards in the first half, outrebounding Richmond 24-14.