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NCAAB: Wake Forest drubs South Carolina Upstate by 26

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Alondes Williams, who turned in a triple-double, and Carter Whitt each scored 16 points as host Wake Forest defeated cold-shooting South Carolina Upstate 79-53 on Saturday night at Winston-Salem, N.C.

Williams, a transfer from Oklahoma, also had 14 rebounds and 10 assists. He shot 5-for-11 from the field, though made just one of five attempts from 3-point range. The Demon Deacons were 9-for-30 on 3s.

Dallas Walton tacked on 14 points as Wake Forest (9-1) improved to 7-0 in home games.

Whitt, a reserve, shot 6-for-9 from the field, making four of his seven attempts from beyond the 3-point arc.

Jordan Gainey and Nick Alves scored 10 points apiece for USC Upstate (2-7), which shot 32.8 percent from the field. The Spartans were 6-for-25 on 3-pointers and were charged with 15 turnovers. Their starters combined for just three free-throw attempts.

USC Upstate has lost four games in a row, though the other three in the skid came at home.

Wake Forest held a 29-18 lead at halftime and built that advantage steadily in the opening minutes of the second half.

Then a 12-0 run that included seven points from Williams stretched the margin to 60-30 before the midway mark of the second half. Whitt had the other five points in the spurt, which began with his 3-point basket.

USC Upstate with a stretch of more than six minutes with Quentin Hodge accounting for seven of the team’s nine points.

Earlier, Wake Forest didn’t hold a double-digit lead until the final four minutes of the first half. Isaiah Mucius drained a 3-point shot to extend the lead to 24-13.

Eleven different players scored for the Demon Deacons. Wake Forest finished with a 47-34 rebounding edge.

This was Wake Forest’s third victory of the season against a member of the Big South Conference.

–Field Level Media

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