At the half: Texas 38, Wake Forest 37

NEW ORLEANS -- Wake Forest was the best team out of the gate and built a lead as large as 11 points early.

But with the referees letting the teams go at it inside, Texas battled back to take a 38-37 halftime lead in the first round of the East Regional at New Orleans Arena.

Both teams have good size, and the paint was no place for the meek in the first half.

The Demon Deacons made it a one-point game when Tony Woods slammed back a missed shot to beat the buzzer.

Wake Forest shot the ball better (46.9 percent) and squashed Texas on the boards by a 27-15 advantage, but Jordan Hamilton came off the bench to go 4-of-8 from 3-point range and score 16 first-half points.

Without him, the Longhorns are in deep trouble right now.

The key for Texas has been that it hasn’t turned the ball over much – only twice in the first half.