RICHMOND, Virginia (Ticker) -- Josh Howard's near-perfect shooting kept Wake Forest's perfect record intact.
Howard made 8-of-9 shots for 21 points as the 23rd-ranked Demon Deacons won their ninth straight to start the season, 68-62 over Richmond.
Wake Forest (9-0) remained one of four unbeaten teams in Division I with Connecticut and Atlantic Coast Conference rivals Duke and Clemson. The Demon Deacons shook off a first half in which they committed 12 turnovers and were tied, 26-26.
A 3-pointer by freshman Justin Gray and a three-point play by Vytas Danelius opened the second half for Wake Forest, which never trailed thereafter. Richmond's Mike Skrocki halved the deficit with a three-point play.
But Howard had a steal and a dunk to ignite a 14-2 spurt by the Demon Deacons in which he scored six points. Freshman Eric Williams had a three-point play and Howard added a follow shot to make it 46-31 with 13:12 to go.
Richmond (6-5) made a strong run to close the game, getting within 65-62 with 26 seconds to go on a pair of free throws by freshman Will Holloman. But Gray made the second of two attempts at the line with 21 seconds left to seal the win.
Gray finished with 19 points and Williams added 10 and seven rebounds for Wake Forest, which improved to 2-0 on the road. The Demon Deacons shot 51 percent (25-of-49).
Howard grabbed nine rebounds and Danelius added seven as Wake Forest held a 38-31 edge on the glass. No Spider had more than six boards.
Tony Dobbins led Richmond with 18 points and Skrocki added 13 despite 3-of-13 shooting. The Spiders shot 35 percent (19-of-54) but were able to stay in the game, thanks to the sloppy ballhandling and foul shooting by the Demon Deacons.
Wake Forest finished with 20 turnovers and made just 14-of-23 free throws. The Demon Deacons also were 4-of-14 from beyond the arc as Gray was 1-of-8.
The Deacons host Elon on Tuesday before traveling to top-ranked Duke on January 12 to begin Atlantic Coast Conference play.
Richmond fell to Wake Forest for the 11th straight time and is 9-32 against the Deacons. The Spiders also lost for the first time in six home games this season.