CORAL GABLES, Florida (Ticker) -- Wake Forest's balance overcame another outstanding performance by Guillermo Diaz.
Chris Paul and Eric Williams scored 13 points apiece as fifth-ranked Wake Forest held off Miami, 68-63, in an Atlantic Coast Conference contest.
Diaz, who scored 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting, entered the game averaging 24.6 points on 50 percent shooting in seven contests against ranked teams this season.
Diaz's layup with 49 seconds left cut the Hurricanes' deficit to 67-65. After Williams spilt a pair of free throws, Miami took a timeout with 10.3 seconds remaining. Anthony Harris took the inbounds pass but hoisted up an ill-advised airball from 35 feet with seven seconds left. Justin Gray then hit a pair of free throws for Wake to cap the scoring.
"He (Harris) was my man and I had to guard him," Demon Deacons forward Jamaal Levy said. "I just tried to keep him in front of me and contest the shot. I didn't know if the shot was good or short when he let it go."
"We were right there in the game," Miami coach Frank Haith said. "That is not satisfying. We want to win these games. We want to put ourselves in position to win."
Already with quality wins against North Carolina State, Maryland and Florida State at home, and Virginia and Florida on the road, a victory in this one would have really looked good on Miami's NCAA Tournament resume.
Paul, who shot 5-of-12 and added six rebounds, was the catalyst after intermission, scoring seven points and handing out five of his eight assists for Demon Deacons (22-3, 10-2 ACC), who won their sixth straight game and moved a game ahead of North Carolina in the conference standings.
"He (Paul) kept us in right to the end of the game," Levy said. "He found the open guys and created shots for himself."
Gray scored 11 points, Williams shot 6-of-11 added eight rebounds, and Levy chipped in with 10 boards for Wake Forest, which shot just 44 percent (27-of-62) after shooting 52 percent in its previous five games.
"It wasn't a pretty win but it was a road win in a challenging league," Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser said.
Miami was limited to just 39 percent (26-of-66) shooting, including 3-of-18 from the arc. The Demon Deacons, who held the Hurricanes to 33 percent (12-of-36) shooting in the second half, entered the game averaging 86.0 points per game.
"Usually we can score but tonight when we couldn't, our defense carried us," Prosser said."
Anthony Harris had 14 points and five assists for the Hurricanes (15-8, 6-6), but Robert Hite, who averages 18.0 points, was held to six on 3-of-10 shooting.
"They did a nice job on Robert," Haith said. "I will have to watch tape to see what they did. Those things are going to happen. They have guys who didn't shoot the ball well, but they still found a way to win."
Tied at 33-33 at the half, the Demon Deacons twice opened up five-point leads in the first 10 minutes after intermission. But the Hurricanes responded each time before Wake used a 7-0 run to open a 61-53 lead with 4 1/2 minutes to play.
Paul started the run by throwing a perfect alley-oop pass to Trent Strickland for a dunk. Gray hit a 3-pointer and Strickland followed with a short jumper off the glass.
The Hurricanes used an 8-2 spurt and pulled within 63-61 on two free throws by Diaz with 90 seconds left before Paul penetrated down the middle and scored 30 seconds later.