WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Wake Forest coach
Skip Prosser has been searching for an acceptable backcourt
partner for Justin Gray. He may have found it in freshman
Completely devoid of any point-guard duties, Gray scored 17
points and, in his first career start, Dukes had eight of his
season-high 10 assists in the first half as the 24th-ranked
Demon Deacons rolled to an 87-47 victory over Charleston
A member of the Atlantic Coast Coast Conference preseason first
team, Gray has struggled at times while playing both backcourt
positions in the early-going. The team's leading scorer with an
18.6 average entering Friday, the 6-2 senior leads the team in
assists but has had a host of turnovers and has shot 12-of-38
(32 percent) from the floor over his last three outings.
With Dukes distributing early and often, Gray was able to
concentrate on his stroke and made the Buccaneers pay, hitting
3-of-6 from the arc in the first half as Wake Forest (10-2)
established a 42-16 advantage.
Dukes assisted on the Demon Deacons' first three baskets,
including Gray's 3-pointer to make it 9-2 less than two minutes
in. The two hooked up on Gray's other two hoops from the arc in
the opening 20 minutes.
Eric Williams had 10 points at the break and teamed with Gray to
help Wake Forest pull further away in the second half.
Williams hit a pair of free throws and a jumper around Gray's
3-pointer to make it 49-18 with 18:17 to go.
Dukes had a steal that led to a 3-pointer by Michael Drum for a
57-22 edge and hit one of his own from long range to highlight a
14-0 run that left Wake Forest with a 78-29 advantage with 5:40
Charleston Southern had just 11 field goals to that point and
never got closer than the final margin thereafter.
Kyle Visser scored 15 points, Williams finished with 14 and
Dukes, who entered with a total of one point and four assists
this season, had eight points after the break to end with 11.
Trent Drafts and Terrell Brown both scored 10 points for the
Buccaneers (5-5). Their teammates combined to shoot 11-of-41
(27 percent) from the floor and missed all nine of their