WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (Ticker) -- While proficient from the arc, Miami had no answers for Eric Williams in the second half.
Williams continued his torrid pace, scoring 17 of his 23 points in the final 20 minutes as fifth-ranked Wake Forest remained unbeaten at home with a 94-82 triumph over Miami in an Atlantic Coast Conference contest.
The first meeting between the teams in 14 years began at a furious pace, with Miami holding a 34-30 lead midway through the first half. Behind 10-of-11 3-pointers and 18 points by sophomore guard Anthony Harris, the Hurricanes (13-6, 4-4 ACC) went into the break with a 49-48 edge.
"I've never seen anything like that before in my life," said Williams of the 3-point barrage of Miami, which was 13-of-25 for the game. "That was just amazing. We knew their shooters were good, but we really didn't think they would shoot like that and we weren't real prepared for that."
"Miami is a hard team to guard," Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser added. "They certainly can score, and they did it often in the first half."
After Miami's Robert Hite connected from the arc with 13:29 left to tie the game at 63-63, Williams took over, scoring nine points during a 24-6 run that gave Wake Forest an 87-69 bulge with 4:47 remaining.
"(Jamaal) Levy and Justin (Gray) and Taron (Downey) really opened up the game for me," Williams said. "They played a matchup zone in the first half and kind of sat on me to take me out of the game, but with Levy driving and all the guards shooting, it really opened up for me in the second half."
In his last three games, Williams - who gathered 11 rebounds in this one - has scored 79 points and collected 29 boards. His 11-of-14 shooting raised his ACC-leading field-goal percentage to .657.
"Eric has a lot of girth and good hands," Hurricanes coach Frank Haith said. "When he catches the ball inside, he knows what to do."
Miami used an 8-1 burst to climb within 90-80 with two minutes to play, but a pair of free throws by Chris Paul and a dunk by Williams sealed the Demon Deacons' 10th win at Lawrence Joel Coliseum in as many attempts this season.
"They got away from us in the second half," Haith said. "They hit a couple of threes, but they really got it inside. They forced the ball inside and we got into foul trouble. When they got the ball inside, they had better execution going."
Gray scored 20 points, Levy added 15 and Paul chipped in eight and seven assists for Wake Forest (17-3, 5-2), which hosted the first meeting between the schools since January 28, 1991.
Harris scored a career-high 28 points and dished out nine assists for Miami.
Trailing, 14-8, the Hurricanes went on an 8-0 spurt to grab a two-point lead with 15 minutes to go in the first half. But with Miami ahead, 46-39, with 3:26 remaining, Trent Strickland scored seven straight Wake Forest points and Levy converted a layup with 28 seconds left to draw the Demon Deacons within the 49-48 halftime margin.
Gray scored 16 points in the first half and Strickland and Levy added nine apiece for Wake Forest.
Guillermo Diaz, who scored 21 points overall, made four 3-pointers in the first 20 minutes and Harris sank three for the Hurricanes. Diaz, Harris and Hite each were 4-of-7 from the arc in the game.