CLEMSON, South Carolina (Ticker) -- Justin Gray made quick work of his only outing against the Clemson Tigers this season.
Gray scored 25 first-half points and tied his career-high with 31 to help No. 3 Wake Forest defeat Clemson, 103-68, in an Atlantic Coast Conference game.
The Demon Deacons (13-1, 2-0 ACC) exploded quickly with a 22-9 run to start the contest, including three 3-pointers from Gray, and eventually took a 48-37 halftime lead.
Jamaal Levy and Eric Williams scored six points each as Wake Forest opened the second half with a 23-5 spurt and went up, 71-42, with 13 minutes remaining.
"The first half was huge," Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser said. "To come out and stay in front of Clemson like that was huge. We came back in the second half and got some points in transition. That's the best we've played in a while."
Gray made his first five 3-pointers and shot 10-of-19 from the floor and Wake Forest set season-highs in points and victory margin.
"I've seen him play like that in practice," Prosser said. "When he plays the way he did tonight, it really helps his teammates get into the game. He really opens things up for them."
Williams scored a season-high 21 points and Chris Paul added 14 to help the Demon Deacons win their eighth straight contest.
Clemson (9-5, 0-2) suffered its worst defeat of the season and has lost 12 of the last 13 meetings with Wake Forest. Akin Akingbala tied his career-high with 16 points for the Tigers.
"I told our guys that I was embarrassed," Clemson coach Oliver Purnell said. "And I hope they were because we just didn't do anything right tonight. We have to look at our attitude and be willing to listen and do the things we are supposed to do.
This is the first season since 1945-1946 that Wake Forest and Clemson will meet just once in the regular season.