Williams scores 22 as Wake Forest tops William & Mary 77-59

Nov 10, 2021, 4:51 AM | Updated: 6:54 pm
William & Mary's Connor Kochera, left, is called for a block as Wake Forest's Alondes Williams driv...

William & Mary's Connor Kochera, left, is called for a block as Wake Forest's Alondes Williams drives to the basket in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021 at Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C. (Walt Unks/The Winston-Salem Journal via AP)

(Walt Unks/The Winston-Salem Journal via AP)

              William & Mary's Tyler Rice, left, and Wake Forest's Daivien Williamson battle for a loose ball in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021 at Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C. (Walt Unks/The Winston-Salem Journal via AP)
            
              Wake Forest's Carter Whitt (11) sinks a basket under pressure from William & Mary's Tyler Rice in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021 at Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C. (Walt Unks/The Winston-Salem Journal via AP)
            
              Wake Forest's Daivien Williamson drives past William & Mary's Brandon Carroll for a layup in the first half of an NCAA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021 at Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C. (Walt Unks/The Winston-Salem Journal via AP)
            
              William & Mary's Connor Kochera, left, is called for a block as Wake Forest's Alondes Williams drives to the basket in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021 at Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C. (Walt Unks/The Winston-Salem Journal via AP)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Senior Alondes Williams scored a career-high 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting and Wake Forest breezed to a 77-59 victory over William & Mary in a season opener on Wednesday night.

Jake LaRavia added 13 points and four steals for the Demon Deacons, who led 46-18 at halftime. LaRavia knocked down 6 of his 9 shots as Wake Forest shot 51.7% (31 of 60).

Daivien Williamson scored 10, while freshman Cameron Hildreth came off the bench to contribute 10 points, five rebounds and four assists. Dallas Walton had four of the Demon Deacons’ eight blocked shots.

Sophomore Ben Wight scored a career-best 18 points for the Tribe. Wight hit 5 of 8 shots from the floor — adding five rebounds — while the rest of the team made just 17 of 49 attempts. Tyler Rice pitched in with nine assists and eight points.

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