Gray leads Wake to convincing victory
Winston-Salem, NC (Sports Network) - Justin Gray scored 17 points to lead the 22nd-ranked Wake Forest Demon Deacons to an 87-47 rout of the Charleston Southern Bucs at Lawrence Joel Coliseum.
Kyle Visser added 15 points and seven rebounds and Eric Williams contributed 14 points and eight rebounds for the Demon Deacons (10-2), who have won their last three games.
Shamaine Dukes had 11 points and 10 assists for Wake Forest, which has not lost since a December 13 defeat at the hands of DePaul, 84-81.
Trent Drafts had 10 points and five rebounds and Terrell Brown put in 10 points for the Bucs (5-6), who have lost two straight and five of their last six games after starting the season winning four of their first five games.
The Bucs were hanging with the Demon Deacons early in the game. However, with the Demon Deacons leading 17-10 with 13:40 remaining in the first half, Dukes put in a layup to spark a 15-2 run. He also capped off the burst with a jumper to make it 32-12 with 4:50 left until halftime.
Chris Ellis nailed a three-pointer with 36 seconds remaining to give Wake Forest a commanding 42-18 lead going into the locker room.
Things didn't get much better for Charleston Southern in the second half of the contest. Wake Forest scored the first seven points and had a 49-18 lead after Williams hit a jumper just 1:43 in.
Vernon Huger put in a layup on the Bucs next possession, however, that was as close as they got for the rest of the game as Gray drained a trey on the Demon Deacons' next possession.
Wake Forest led by as much as 49 points after Harvey Hale nailed a jumper to make it 78-29 with 5:40 remaining.
Wake Forest outrebounded Charleston Southern, 45-35...The Demon Deacons shot 56 percent (34-of-61) from the floor while the Bucs hit only 28 percent (17- of-60) of their baskets...Wake Forest has held its opponents to under 50 percent shooting in 11 of its 12 contests this season
12/30 21:33:39 ET