Al-Farouq Aminu had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 6 Wake Forest blew open a close game after halftime to beat host East Carolina, 95-54, last night.

Chas McFarland had 14 points for the Demon Deacons (11-0), who are off to their best start since winning the first 11 games of 2003-04. Wake Forest led by four points at halftime before roaring out of the break with a big run that silenced the rowdy home crowd dreaming of an upset.

The Demon Deacons opened the second half with a 15-3 run that pushed the margin to double digits.

Darrius Morrow had 15 points for the Pirates (8-3).

In other games:

* At Rice, Willie Warren scored a career-high 31 points and Blake Griffin added 27 points and 11 rebounds and No. 4 Oklahoma (12-0) won, 70-58.

* At Notre Dame, Luke Harangody had 23 points and 13 rebounds, leading the No. 8 Fighting Irish (9-2) to an 81-49 victory over Savannah State.

* At Purdue, JaJuan Johnson had career highs of 21 points and nine rebounds to help the No. 10 Boilermakers (10-2) beat Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne, 70-55.

* At Ohio State, B.J. Mullens scored 19 points to lead the No. 15 Buckeyes (9-0) past UNC-Asheville, 83-59.

* At Syracuse, Andy Rautins equaled a school record with nine three-pointers and scored a career-high 29 points to lead the No. 17 Orange (12-1) to an 82-71 victory over Coppin State, which got 31 points from Bartram High's Tywain McKee.

* At Baylor, Curtis Jerrells had 17 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists and the No. 21 Bears (10-1) defeated Hartford, 74-59.

* At Michigan, DeShawn Sims had 20 points and a career-high 18 rebounds to lead the No. 24 Wolverines (9-2) to their fourth straight victory, 76-59, over Florida-Gulf Coast.

Noteworthy

* Minnesota moved into the Associated Press' poll, its first appearance in the rankings since December 2002, at No. 23, as three newcomers made the poll for the first time this season. Also moving into the poll were No. 24 Michigan - last ranked in February 2006 - and No. 25 Missouri, which returned to the poll for the first time since December 2003.

North Carolina (11-0) was again a unanimous No. 1 as it has been since the preseason poll.

Connecticut was second, followed by Pittsburgh, Oklahoma, Duke, Wake Forest, Gonzaga, Notre Dame, Texas, Michigan State, and Purdue.

Michigan State was 11th, followed by Georgetown, UCLA, Xavier, Ohio State, Tennessee, Syracuse, Villanova, Louisville and Arizona State. Baylor, Clemson and the three newcomers rounded out the Top 25.

In the women's poll, South Dakota State (12-1) became the first school from the Summit League to be ranked since Northern Illinois was 25th in the final poll in 1993. The Jackrabbits also are 25th.

Connecticut was No. 1 for the 113th time in school history, surpassing Tennessee, which had 112 weeks at the top spot.

* Princeton will honor longtime coach Pete Carril by naming the game floor at Jadwin Gymnasium in his honor. "Carril Court" will be officially christened on Feb. 21 as Princeton plays Dartmouth.

Carril coached at Princeton for 29 seasons, winning 13 Ivy League championships. He compiled a record of 514-263 and took Princeton to 11 NCAA Tournaments and two NITs, winning the NIT championship in 1975.

* Two games today were postponed because of wintry weather across the country: Lehigh at Washington and Western Oregon at Brigham Young.

* Purdue sophomore Keshia Mosley will transfer to another school before the beginning of the spring semester, after being suspended indefinitely in October for an undisclosed violation of team rules. *