With two starters on the bench, Wake Forest had a different look at the start of its game against Temple. The postgame celebration wasn't quite the same, either. Reserve Trent Strickland scored...
PHILADELPHIA With two starters on the bench, Wake Forest had a different look at the start of its game against Temple.
The postgame celebration wasn’t quite the same, either.
Reserve Trent Strickland scored all nine of his points over the final nine minutes to lead the No. 6 Demon Deacons to a 67-64 victory over Temple last night.
It’s usually preseason All-American Chris Paul or Eric Williams or Justin Gray who draws the attention. But Paul and Williams were benched for the opening four minutes for being two minutes late for the bus on the way to the game.
“I don’t think we win the game without Trent Strickland,” Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser said.
Paul couldn’t stop talking about his teammate.
“Trent Strickland is a winner. He stepped up big for us on both ends of the court,” Paul said.
Wake Forest (7-1) made 5 of 6 free throws down the stretch. Williams had 17 points for the Demon Deacons, while Gray added 15.
Mardy Collins had a season-high 25 points for the Owls (3-5). Temple’s Dustin Salisbery missed a three-point attempt with one second left.
Other Top 25 game
No. 20 Mississippi St. 74, at New Orleans 59
Shane Power scored 17 points as the Bulldogs (8-2) beat the Privateers (3-4) to extend their road winning streak to 13.
Stanford 56, at Denver 52
Dan Grunfeld had 13 points and 10 rebounds to help the Cardinal (3-4) beat the Pioneers (4-3) from the Sun Belt Conference.
At Oregon State 69, Bethune-Cookman 56
Nick DeWitz scored 16 points to lead the Beavers (5-3) over the Wildcats (3-3) from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
Women’s Top 25 games
No. 10 Ohio State 70, at Penn 57
Brandie Hoskins scored a season-high 21 points and Jessica Davenport added 18 to lead the Buckeyes (9-1) over the Quakers (3-6).
At Temple 71, No. 22 Rutgers 60
Cynthia Jordan 28 points as the Owls (5-3) beat the Scarlet Knights (5-2).
Despite winning both games since the previous week’s poll, the Washington men (7-1) dropped from 16th to 18th in the Associated Press poll. Alabama, a 79-76 loser to Washington on Nov. 27 in Anchorage, Alaska, improved from 18th to 17th in the poll. Gonzaga (7-1) moved from No. 25 to No. 22.