WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. Jeff Teague dribbled near the right wing, spotted Wake Forest teammate L.D. Williams cutting toward the basket and lofted him an alley-oop.
As passes go, it was horrible it wound up swishing through the net for three points.
"From then on out," teammate James Johnson said, "he was Super Teague."
It was that kind of can't-miss night for both Teague and the Demon Deacons. The freshman guard scored a season-high 26 points and Wake Forest shot nearly 52 percent to cruise past Brigham Young 79-62 Tuesday night.
"I wasn't really looking to score every time I got the ball, but just being aggressive would get other people open," Teague said. "We were just rolling."
Johnson added 19 points for the Demon Deacons (11-3), who wrapped up their nonconference schedule in surprisingly easy fashion, never trailing and leading by 19 early in the second half of their sixth straight victory and Atlantic Coast Conference-best 14th consecutive home win.
Chas McFarland added 11 points before fouling out in the final minute and Ishmael Smith scored 10 for Wake Forest, which shot nearly 52 percent and locked down on the Cougars' scorers all night long. BYU, which entered shooting 48 percent, was held to 35.9 percent, committed 22 turnovers and allowed a season-high point total.
"We kind of got behind the 8-ball early, and couldn't get them stopped in transition," Cougars coach Dave Rose said. "We missed a lot of shots early."
Teague bettered his previous high of 16 points set last month against Bucknell, nearly surpassing it during the first half with a near-perfect shooting display including his accidental alley-oop 3-pointer.
"That was luck I think Coach P dropped that one in," Teague said, referring to late coach Skip Prosser. "I was supposed to lob it up there so (Williams) could get a dunk and get the crowd into the game. I happened to hit a 3."
In the opening 20 minutes, Teague hit both of his attempts from 3-point range, sank both free throws and was 5-of-6 from the field in helping Wake Forest build a 17-point halftime lead. He finished 8-of-10 from the field and was perfect on eight free throws.
"Today he had to carry us, and he did that," Johnson said.
Lee Cummard and Jimmer Fredette both scored 15 points for BYU (11-4), which couldn't pull closer than 12 points in the second half of its first visit to Wake Forest since 1955. BYU fell to 0-2 this season against the ACC's North Carolina-based schools.
"We never really got into a rhythm offensively and how we play," Rose said. "A lot of that had to do with Wake Forest, their game plan. ... They beat us pretty good tonight."
Top-ranked North Carolina beat the Cougars 73-63 in a November tournament in Las Vegas. This time, against a Demon Deacons team picked to finish in the bottom half of the ACC, it wasn't nearly that close.
Wake Forest broke this one open in the first half, shooting 58.8 percent in that span and closing the period with a 21-8 run during the final 5:28 to take their insurmountable halftime lead.
Johnson scored 10 points during the spurt, burying consecutive 3s 37 seconds apart. Smith started the run with a layup to make it 30-24 and McFarland capped it with a baseline jumper at the 45-second mark that made it 49-32. It would have been worse had Chris Miles not swatted away Smith's otherwise unimpeded drive down the lane that just beat the buzzer.
Still, the halftime hole was by far the Cougars' worst of the season and only the second they've faced this season, following the Tar Heels' 38-31 lead.
"That's the best half we've played against a team of that caliber," Wake Forest coach Dino Gaudio said. "Against a team of that ilk, that's a pretty good half of basketball."
BYU's leading scorer, 6-foot-11 center Trent Plaisted, was held to eight points less than half of his average of 16.6 but managed 10 rebounds. And Jonathan Tavernari, BYU's most frequent 3-point shooter, was held to nine points on 2-of-11 shooting and missed seven of nine attempts from 3-point range.
Tavernari entered averaging 15 points in the Cougars' wins but just 10 points in their previous three defeats.
"The way that we play is to get that ball in the post, spread the floor and hit shots," Rose said. "Tonight, we had a hard time doing that."