WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Fifth-ranked Wake Forest avoided another close contest behind a solid performance by its reserve sophomore center.
Kyle Visser scored eight of his 13 points in the second half and Chris Paul added 14 as Wake Forest withstood an early challenge to earn an 85-67 victory over Elon.
Surviving a 67-64 contest at Temple on a missed 3-pointer at the buzzer Monday, the Demon Deacons weren't able to get much separation from the Phoenix in the first half despite shooting 58 percent (18-of-31). Wake led just 42-37 at halftime.
After two free throws by Scottie Rice gave Elon (2-7) a 47-46 lead, Justin Gray answered with a 3-pointer, sparking a 14-4 run that gave Wake Forest (8-1) a 60-51 lead with 10:19 remaining.
Visser, who had two points during the spurt, followed with a dunk and converted a hook shot to push the Demon Deacons' lead to 70-55 with 5:08 left.
"When he plays like he's 6-11, he's a very positive asset for us," Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser said about Visser. "He tries hard, he listens, he's very bright and he gives great effort in practice everyday. As a young sophomore, his play tonight was very positive."
Visser, who managed just 12 points in his previous four games, shot 4-of-7 from the field, falling two points shy of a career high. He also grabbed six rebounds and recorded two of the Demon Deacons' eight blocks.
Paul, who shot 6-of-9 from the field, handed out 11 assists and collected six steals. Eric Williams and Chris Ellis added 10 points apiece for Wake Forest, which outscored the Phoenix in the paint, 48-22.
"I thought we had the obvious size advantage and yet the boards were the same," Prosser said. "I think it came down to our guys having a bit more size and we had more guys with scoring ability because of the size advantage."
Wake Forest also took advantage of the 26 turnovers committed by Elon, converting them into 22 points.
The long range shot hurt the Demon Deacons early, with Elon converting 6-of-9 attempts in the first half. The Phoenix were unable to get many clean looks in the second, missing seven of their eight attempts from the arc after halftime.
"I am pleased that we played with this level of effort," Elon coach Ernie Nestor said. "We've had a few days of practice in between exams and I thought we did well executing, but the bottom line is that we must shoot better."
Chris Chalko scored 16 points and Rice added 11 of his 15 in the first half for Elon, which has lost its last 21 meetings with Wake Forest.