CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia (Ticker) -- Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser couldn't be anything but pleased with the dominating performance in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener on the road against Virginia.
Chris Paul led six players in double figures with 21 points as the fourth-ranked Demon Deacons pulled away for an 89-70 victory over the 25th-ranked Cavaliers.
Paul shot just 4-of-10 from the field, getting knocked to the floor several times by the physical Virginia defense. The sophomore point guard was 11-of-12 from the line and handed out nine assists.
"The ACC is a tough league and everybody is going to try and get at you," Paul said. "But coach always tells us to be ball strong and not let them rattle you."
"Chris Paul is very cognizant that he has to play well for Wake to play well," Prosser said. "We're very comfortable when Chris has the ball...I said last year that I wouldn't trade any point guard in the country for Chris, and I'll stand by that."
Wake Forest (12-1, 1-0 ACC) shot 53 percent (28-of-53), including 9-of-15 from the arc, and held Virginia (8-2, 0-1) to just under 45 percent (25-of-56). Wake held a 45-28 advantage on the glass with 15 coming at the offensive end.
"That was one of our best games against a quality opponent in a difficult venue," Prosser said. "Any win in this league is something to treasure. To win on the road is especially treasure-worthy."
Cavaliers forward Elton Brown, averaging 16.7 points, was held to eight points on 3-of-12 shooting. Point guard Sean Singletary, a three-time ACC Rookie of the Week honoree, was limited to just one shot in the first half and finished with only three points on 1-of-6 shooting.
"Our assistant coaches came up with a game plan to limit Elton Brown's touches as much as possible," Prosser said. "Devin Smith's absence helped make that possible. It's tough to take everything away."
Justin Gray capped a 12-0 run with a 3-point play and a 3-pointer with 16:23 left to give Wake a 56-39 lead. The Cavaliers closed to within 61-54 on a jump shot by Brown with 11:37 left before the Demon Deacons put the game away with a 22-9 spurt over the next six minutes behind seven points from Paul and six from Taron Downey.
"Wake Forest has an outstanding team," Virginia coach Pete Gillen said. "We didn't have the answers for Chris Paul tonight. A few of our guys didn't show up tonight and we didn't play our game. I'm disappointed that we didn't play the way we're capable.
"We had our chances tonight, we came back and were down seven or eight, but we didn't get the play from all of our guys when we needed it. The crowd was great tonight, but we couldn't get enough from our guys."
Gray scored 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting for the second straight game and Eric Williams added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Demon Deacons, who have won seven straight games and broke a four-game losing streak at Virginia. Downey, Vytas Danelius and Jamaal Levy also scored in double figures. Gray scored 23 against North Carolina A&T on Thursday.
Freshman Adrian Joseph, playing for the injured Smith, scored 15 of his season-high 19 points in the first half, as Virginia trailed by just five, 42-37, at the half. The lefthanded Joseph, who was averaging 3.1 points, was 7-of-12 from the floor and converted half of his six 3-point attempts.
"Adrian Joseph was 2-of-11 shooting 3-pointers coming into the game," Prosser said. "That's not really enough shots to really be able to tell how good a shooter he is, but we were going to make him prove it, and he did."
Smith, who injured his ankle on December 23 against Loyola Marymount, leads the team with 17.4 points per game, including a career-high 40 against Iowa State on December 6.
J.R. Reynolds scored 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting for the Cavaliers, who are 57-62 all-time against the Demon Deacons.