WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- Wake Forest is struggling after
starting the season 11-0, and the Demon Deacons want to stop the
slide -- now.
Will Bynum scored 20 points to lead Georgia Tech (No. 13 ESPN/USA Today, No. 11 AP) to a 73-66 victory Tuesday night over
Wake Forest (No. 7 ESPN/USA Today, No. 10 AP), snapping
the Demon Deacons' 24-game home winning streak.
It was the Deacons' third straight loss, and center Eric
Williams said he and two others had called a player's only meeting
"I don't think the coaches even know about it, but it needs to
be done," Williams said. "A lot of things are going to be said,
and basically the message will be, `We need to toughen up."
The Deacons (11-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) were looking
to tie their school record of 25 consecutive victories at Lawrence
Joel Coliseum. Instead, they dropped their third straight game, and
first at home since Feb. 21, 2002.
"I think it's more disappointing to lose three in a row than it
is to lose at home and have the streak broken," Williams said.
"Someday, a Wake Forest team will break the home record, but right
now we just need to focus on playing good basketball again."
But part of the problem was Bynum, who is just beginning to feel
comfortable for Georgia Tech (15-2, 3-1).
Bynum, a transfer from Arizona, became eligible to play for
Georgia Tech midway through December. He's gradually worked his way
into the offense and was coming off a career-high 25 points in
Saturday night's win over Maryland.
"Early on, I was not looking for my shot," he said. "Now I am
getting more comfortable out there and the coaching staff has been
patient with me to get to this point."
In other games involving ranked teams, it was No. 9 Kentucky 69,
Tennessee 68 in overtime; Seton Hall 74, No. 13 Syracuse 67, and
No. 16 Texas 75, Missouri 69 in overtime.
Georgia Tech was aggressive early from 3-point range to take a
lead it relinquished only once in the second half.
The Yellow Jackets shot 9-for-17 from 3-point range, led by
Marvin Lewis, who was 4-for-4 and finished with 14 points. Bynum
made three of his five 3-point attempts.
Isma'il Muhammad added 14 points for Georgia Tech, which snapped
its five-game losing streak at Wake Forest.
Chris Paul matched his season-low of two points as Tech used
rotating bodies to shut down the star freshman.
"We wanted to keep a fresh set of legs on him defensively,"
Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt said. "He does so much for Wake
Forest and we just wanted to play great defense."
Williams, Wake Forest's leading scorer, continued his slump.
After scoring in double figures in each of the Deacons' first 11
games, he's been held to a total of 19 since.
Williams finished with nine against Georgia Tech on 4-of-7
"The first two losses, I just played terrible and really
struggled with the trap," Williams said. "This time I was better
with the trap, but I couldn't finish anything. We're all just
^No. 9 Kentucky 69, Tennessee 68, OT=
In Knoxville, Tenn., Chuck Hayes scored off his own miss with
3:49 left in overtime to lead Kentucky past Tennessee.
Erik Daniels had 19 points and Hayes added 18 points and 16
rebounds for the Wildcats (12-2, 3-1 Southeastern Conference), who
had a scare after their 19-game SEC regular-season winning streak
was ended Saturday by Georgia.
Cliff Hawkins had 13 points and six assists for the Wildcats,
who overcame 23 turnovers and 30 fouls to avoid a second straight
^Seton Hall 74, No. 13 Syracuse 67=
In East Rutherford, N.J., Kelly Whitney had 21 points and eight
rebounds to lead Seton Hall over Syracuse, snapping a number of
streaks for both teams.
The Pirates (12-4, 2-2 Big East) had lost their last two games
and their last five to Syracuse. The loss ended the 13-game winning
streak for Syracuse (13-2, 3-1).
In Columbia, Mo., Royal Ivey scored 10 of his career-high 24
points in overtime to lead Texas over Missouri -- the Longhorns'
second straight narrow escape.
Rickey Paulding had 20 points for Missouri (7-7, 2-2 Big 12),
but missed five free throws in the final four minutes of regulation
Texas (12-2, 3-0) was perfect from the line in overtime, going
10-for-10, and was 15-for-19 overall. That helped the Longhorns
stretch their winning streak to seven games.