CLEMSON, South Carolina (Ticker) -- Vytas Danelius scored a career-high 21 points to lead No. 18 Wake Forest to an 81-60 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over Clemson, giving coach Skip Prosser his 200th career win.
Josh Howard and Taron Downey each added 18 points for Wake Forest (14-2, 4-2), which snapped a five-game road losing streak in conference play.
"It is really hard to win an ACC basketball game, home or away," Prosser said. "The teams in the conference are very well coached and are all very talented."
Howard scored six points as part of a 12-0 spurt as Wake Forest took a 59-41 lead with 8:38 remaining. The Demon Deacons outscored the Tigers 44-28 in the second half to run away with their first victory in three conference road games.
"We had not been knocked to the canvas yet this season, but they really knocked us out in the second half," Clemson coach Larry Shyatt said.
Clemson (11-5, 1-5) built a 6-0 lead after a pair of layups by Chey Christie and a tap-in by Sharrod Ford. Wake Forest called a timeout 2:15 into the game and took its first lead just under three minutes later when Howard hit a 3-pointer off a pass from Danelius to make it 11-10.
"We should compliment Wake Forest after a slow start," Shyatt said. "After a couple of unexpected 3-pointers, and when Wake Forest switched defenses, the game completely changed."
Christie and Edward Scott each had 14 points to lead Clemson. Scott reached 1,001 points for his career.
Downey hit a pair of 3-pointers during an 11-3 run later in the first half to help the Demon Deacons take a 32-23 lead and assume control of the game. Clemson got back to within 37-32 at halftime, but never got any closer after intermission.
"We are pleased that we beat a very good Clemson team," Prosser said. "I told the kids Clemson was 1-4 coming into this game but with a few breaks, they could have been 4-1 in the ACC."
Howard moved past Alvis Rogers into 17th place on Wake Forest's all-time scoring list with 1,449 points. Jack Williams is 16th on the list with 1,453.
Howard shot just 4-of-13 from the field, but hit 7-of-10 free throws and 3-of-6 3-pointers. He also grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Demon Deacons.
Wake Forest struggled early against Clemson's zone before Howard's 3-pointer nearly four minutes into the game broke the ice. The Demon Deacons drained 8-of-14 3-pointers in the first half.
"We saw a lot more zone in the first half than we did in the second half," Prosser said. "I wish we could say everything we do is by design."
Clemson has lost three straight games for the first time since an eight-game skid last January and February. The Tigers snapped that skid with a 118-115 overtime victory over the Demon Deacons.
Last season's game here was the Demon Deacons' only loss to the Tigers in their last nine meetings.
Wake Forest played for the fifth straight game without freshman point guard Justin Gray, who is out with a broken jaw suffered in a loss at Duke on January 12.