WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Freshman Chris Paul had 18 points and six assists to lead a balanced attack as fifth-ranked Wake Forest posted its 22nd straight home win, a 70-61 victory over New Mexico.
Paul shook off a hand injury suffered in Tuesday's 91-67 rout of North Carolina A&T as he made 6-of-10 shots, including 4-of-6 from the arc to lead four players in double figures.
The 6-foot Paul, who entered the contest leading the nation with 4.25 steals per game, had five and six assists while committing only one turnover.
"I thought it was a good ballgame," Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser said. "We got their best shot and it was a tough one for them to lose. The other team practices, it's not always about what we didn't do."
Wake Forest scored 20 points off 19 turnovers by the Lobos.
"Turnovers were huge," Paul said. "Coach says that we are best when our defense creates our offense. Our defense has been effective in turning the ball over and creating steals. Coach wants our transition game to continue to get better."
Eric Williams scored 14 points and Taron Downey added 13 for Wake Forest (9-0), which extended a three-point halftime advantage by shooting 58 percent (15-of-26) in the second half.
The 6-9, 275-pound Williams made 7-of-12 shots and helped the Demon Deacons outscore the Lobos in the paint, 28-18. Williams has scored in double figures in 22 straight games. He is the only Demon Deacon to reach double figures in each game this season.
"There are things we still need to work on," Williams said. "There were so many things that we had to adjust to which caused us to get away from our defense. We stepped up when we needed to and made more of the shots we needed to in the second half."
Danny Granger recorded 19 points and 12 rebounds and Troy DeVries added 17 and nine for New Mexico (7-4), which has lost 19 straight games away from Albuquerque - its longest drought since a 29-game skid from 1957-1959.
"I was impressed with Wake Forest," Lobos coach Ritchie McKay said. "They were a nightmare to prepare for because they have such a balanced team. Hopefully we can get better and compete in our league, but they're just a great team."
DeVries hit a layup to give the Lobos their last lead, 47-46, with 11:50 left in the second half. Williams responded with a layup 16 seconds later to trigger a 9-0 burst that was capped by Downey's two free throws with 8:55 left.