WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Consider Justin Gray and Wake Forest rehabilitated after the last three days.
Gray scored 26 points as the 17th-ranked Demon Deacons used an offensive onslaught for a 91-78 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over Virginia.
Wake Forest (13-4, 4-3 ACC) won its second straight on the heels of a four-game losing streak during which scoring was a major problem. Two days after Thursday's 93-85 win over Maryland, the Demon Deacons steamrolled the Cavaliers.
"With the two weeks prior, we needed to come out with a good game and we did," Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser said. "Our shots fell and we guarded really well, too. One feeds off of the other."
Gray nailed three 3-pointers in a game-opening 19-4 run as Wake Forest never trailed and led by as many as 27 points in the first half. The margin was 44-27 at halftime and never droppe below double figures over a high-scoring final 20 minutes.
"We had an excellent start with threes and steals," Gray said. "We ran the ball great and set the tone early."
Virginia (12-6, 2-5) fell to 0-4 in conference road games, losing by double digits on each occasion. Saturday's result was the closest of the four but not indicative of a game that was over early.
"They pushed it and hit threes off the break," Virginia coach Pete Gillen said. "Gray was great and on fire. That was a big difference in the game and we just never recovered."
The Demon Deacons finished with 17 assists on 27 baskets despite committing 20 turnovers. Reserve Trent Strickland scored 14 points and Taron Downey netted 13.
Backup center Kyle Visser, a freshman who has been a major surprise, made up for another awful performance by Eric Williams with 10 points off the bench. Williams, the team's leading scorer, fouled out with four points and has not reached double figures in the last six games.
"The story is true, we were in the airport in Grand Rapids (Michigan) recruiting another player and someone told me to go check out Kyle Visser," said Prosser, who worked as an assistant under Gillen at Xavier. "He's a good kid, a hard worker, a good listener and was on the dean's list last semester."
Williams' poor effort hardly mattered since Virginia got into major foul trouble and had a pair of players disqualified. Gray and the Demon Deacons consistently beat the Cavaliers off the dribble and got to the line 37 times, making 28.
Elton Brown scored 24 points to lead Virginia, which missed all 12 3-pointers. Starting guards Todd Billet and freshman J.R. Reynolds combined to make 5-of-13 shots for 10 points.