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Updated: Tuesday, December 2, 2003 10:26 PM EST
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(16) Wake Forest 100, Indiana 67

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Eric Williams was the primary beneficiary of Indiana's weakened interior.

Williams scored 25 points to lead a balanced attack as 16th-ranked Wake Forest cruised to a 100-67 rout of the Hoosiers in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

Indiana (2-2) played without center George Leach, who is sidelined at least a month with a left knee injury, and gave freshman Patrick Ewing Jr., the son of the NBA great, his first career start. Wake Forest - and Williams in particular - took full advantage.

Williams showed uncharacteristic aggressiveness in muscling Ewing around and making 10-of-19 shots. The Demon Deacons held a 44-20 edge in points in the paint.

"Eric is a deferential young man and is reticent to shoot," Demon Deacons coach Skip Prosser said. "He has the ability to score. He is very good both inside and in transition." Wake Forest (4-0) improved to 5-0 all-time in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge and extended its home winning streak to 19 games. The Demon Deacons never trailed in building a 51-29 halftime advantage.

"I can't wait to see what my changes bring into ACC action," Williams said. "I feel that I am doing a whole lot better and improving on a daily basis."

Freshman Chris Paul's 3-pointer capped a 14-2 burst that gave Wake Forest a 31-15 cushion. Paul scored 15 of his 20 points in the first half and also handed out eight assists.

Paul made 7-of-9 shots, came up with five steals and led Wake Forest's attack flawlessly, committing only a pair of turnovers. The Demon Deacons held a 19-6 edge in fast-break points.

"I wanted to be a scoring threat," Paul said. "Everything is working out for me and the team."

Paul's dunk with 6:40 remaining opened up Wake's biggest lead, 85-47.

The sloppy Hoosiers committed 22 turnovers, including seven by Marshall Strickland. Those mistakes resulted in 38 points by the Demon Deacons.

"It was just one loss," Indiana coach Mike Davis said. "If you measure a loss by points, you lose your season. Look at the Patriots - they were shut out in the first week. If we realize every game we play in the preseason is a learning experience, I think we'll be all right in the Big Ten."

Bracey Wright led the Hoosiers with 27 points. Ewing added eight points and nine rebounds for Indiana, which had a pair of freshmen and three sophomores in its lineup.


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