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Jan. 30, 2000

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AP Sports Writer

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Travis Watson scored a season-high 18 points andVirginia made three clutch 3-pointers over the final 7:25 to beat Wake Forest76-67 Sunday.

The Cavaliers (15-5, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their fifth straightand surpassed both their overall and ACC win totals from a season ago to remainin second place in the league behind No. 3 Duke.

Meanwhile, Wake Forest (12-8, 3-5) lost for the fourth time in its last fivegames. Darius Songaila led the Demon Deacons with 17 points.

Watson, a freshman, scored 17 points twice earlier this season.

The Cavaliers, picked in the preseason poll to finish seventh in the ACC,made their first four shots in the opening 1:27 of the second half to extendtheir six-point halftime lead to 42-28.

Wake Forest then started its rally with Virginia’s Chris Williams, the ACC’ssecond-leading field goal shooter, on the bench with foul trouble. Williamspicked up four fouls in a 5 1/2-minute span early in the second period.

Three free throws by Antwan Scott got the Demon Deacons within five pointswith 8:48 left, but after an exchange of baskets, Majestic Mapp drilled a3-pointer – his first points of the game – to increase the lead to eight.

Over the next four minutes, Donald Hand and Stephane Dondon also hitlong-range shots to help hold off one final Wake Forest rally. Virginia was1-for-9 in the first half from beyond the arc, but was 6-for-9 in the final 20minutes.

Mapp closed it out with four straight free throws after the Demon Deaconshad closed to 70-65 with 1:09 left.

Virginia didn’t turn the ball over in the opening 10 1/2 minutes to open up a12-point lead, at one point getting five straight baskets.

After falling behind 28-15, the Demon Deacons got a spark from reservesScott and Ervin Murray to inch back into the contest, going on an 11-4 run toclose out the first half to trail by six.

It was the ninth straight game Wake Forest’s struggling offense has failedto score at least 70 points.

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