No. 6 Wake Forest 67 Temple 64

WHY THE DEACONS WONDespite Temple's complicated matchup zone, they shot 52 percent from the field. Also, they won the rebounding edge, 31-21.

THE BIG PLAY

With Wake Forest leading 67-64, Temple had 11.3 seconds left to go the length of the court to try and tie the game. But Wake Forest's team defense was terrific and forced an off-balance 3-pointer by Temple's Dustin Salisbery.

UNSUNG HERO

Junior Trent Strickland scored nine points, including a pair of treys, none bigger than the one with 2:25 remaining. That 3-pointer pushed Wake Forest's lead to 62-57.

HEAD TO HEAD

Chris Paul vs. Mardy Collins. More than one Wake Forest player guarded Collins, who poured in a season-high 25 points. While Temple coach John Chaney said Collins completely outplayed Paul, it wasn't quite that lopsided. Paul did finish with nine points and eight assists in 34 minutes.

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS

Bill Cosby was in attendance and signed autographs for virtually everyone who asked.

WORTH NOTING

Wake Forest improved to 38-3 under coach Skip Prosser when shooting better than 50 percent.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"It's going to pay off somewhere down the line."

John Chaney, Temple coach, on playing such a tough schedule.

\ THE STATISTICS

\ Blocked shots: Wake Forest 0, Temple 1 (Marshall). Steals: Wake Forest 1 (Paul). Temple 9 (Collins 7, Tyndale, Salisbery). Technicals: Wake Forest - None. Temple - Team. Officials: Cahill, Kitts, Edsall. Attendance: 7,892.

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