WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Justin Gray and Eric Williams teamed up to make sure No. 1 Wake Forest rebounded from an embarrassing loss.
Gray scored 22 points and Williams added a season-high 21 to lead Wake Forest to a 90-73 victory over Richmond.
The Demon Deacons were drubbed Wednesday at No. 3 Illinois, 91-73, in a game not even as close as the final score indicated. In this one, Gray scored 18 of his points in the first half as Wake (6-1) held a 39-30 lead at the break.
"In the second half we played particularly well," Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser said. "We cut down on our turnovers and held them under 40 percent field goal (shooting) which is our goal every game."
Williams hit 6-of-10 shots from the field and converted 9-of-11 from the line. He added seven boards and three blocks and is the only Demon Deacon to score in double figures in every game this season.
"We scored a lot of points in the paint, and he (Williams) is a handful," Prosser said. "He is shooting over 60 percent for the year. So, it is a good bet if we throw it in there to him, good things are going to happen."
Jermaine Bucknor led Richmond with 14 points and seven rebounds but the Spiders' leading scorer, Kevin Steenberge, was ineffective. He came into the game averaging 18 points per contest but managed only four points in 19 foul-plagued minutes.
Richmond (3-2) dropped to 0-3 all-time when facing a No. 1 ranked team and lost to an Atlantic Coast Conference school for the second time this season. The Spiders fell to Virginia, 85-58, on November 28.
"They are a terrific offensive team, they move the ball really well," Richmond coach Jerry Wainwright said. "The disparity of today's game was their ability to keep the ball on the offensive boards. They did a great job finishing plays."
The Demon Deacons have now won 13 straight against the Spiders and lead the series 34-9.