WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Wake Forest celebrated its move to the top spot in the polls and used Yale as a tuneup for the semifinals of the preseason NIT.
Chris Paul scored 15 points and the bench contributed 48 to lead the top-ranked Demon Deacons to a 99-72 rout of the Bulldogs.
Wake Forest moved past Kansas in the poll released earlier Monday. On Wednesday, the Demon Deacons will play Providence in the semifinals of the NIT at Madison Square Garden.
Paul, who scored 41 points over the first two games of the season, added five assists and three steals in 29 minutes. Paul scored 11 points and Justin Gray scored all nine of his points as Wake Forest raced to a 58-41 lead at the half.
The first half points were the most by Wake Forest since it scored 60 against Clemson in 2002.
Center Eric Williams scored 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting for the Deacons (3-0), who shot 50 percent (34-for-68) and outrebounded Yale, 47-30.
"I thought the Yale kids really competed hard," Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser said. "It was their third game in four days. They shot the ball better against us than any other team at this point in the season...We forced 23 turnovers so we were out there trying to compete and they deserve a lot of credit.
"Defensively, it wasn't a gem, but offensively we really did a good job sharing the basketball."
Kyle Visser scored a career-high 15 points and Chris Ellis added a career-high 14 off the bench for Wake Forest. Reserve forward Trent Strickland had 10 for the Demon Deacons, who have beaten the Bulldogs in each of the last three seasons.
"The coach just told me to run the floor and play defense," Ellis said. "He said to get open jumpers and help the team in any kind of way." Ellis hit both of his 3-point attempts.
Casey Hughes scored 20 points and Edwin Draughan added 19 for Yale (1-1), which shot 45 percent (26-for-58).
"I thought Wake Forest was the number one team going into this season," Yale coach James Jones said. "They have a lot of depth and Skip's a great coach.
"We competed for 40 minutes. We made some adjustments and I see our team as getting better. Tonight was a much closer game than last year's."