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Williamson scores 30, No. 1 Duke routs Wake Forest 87-65

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Nobody in college basketball attacks the rim quite like freshman sensation Zion Williamson does. His Duke teammates started doing it in the second half, and suddenly the top-ranked Blue Devils had yet another blowout victory.

Williamson scored a season-high 30 points with 10 rebounds, and Duke won its first road game of the season by beating Wake Forest 87-65 on Tuesday night.

RJ Barrett finished with 21 points and matched a season high with seven assists, and Cameron Reddish added 10 points during his best game in a month, helping the Blue Devils (13-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) win their eighth in a row.

The high-flying Williamson was 13 of 16 from the field with three 3-pointers - he entered with four all season - in surpassing the 28 points he scored in his debut against No. 2 Kentucky. While he was 3 of 4 from 3-point range, his teammates were a combined 4 of 19.

''Coach is always telling me to shoot the ball, and at first I was like, if it's not falling, I'm really not going to shoot it,'' Williamson said. ''Even when I miss, they say, `Keep shooting. You can make it.' ... Even after I shot one over the rim, they were like, `Z, shoot another one,' and I got it right back and made it. I think my confidence shooting 3s is getting a lot better.''

Duke pulled away in the second half, outscoring Wake Forest 45-31 and shooting 63 percent in the final 20 minutes while making 17 of 22 shots from inside the 3-point arc. The Blue Devils finished with 13 blocked shots while having none of theirs rejected and outscored Wake Forest 58-22 in the paint.

''Any time we rebounded defensively, we had a fast break,'' Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. ''So there was going to be stuff in the lane, and when we didn't (rebound on defense), they got second shots. When we get our transition going, we're better. We're just better. That's an integral part of our game.''

The Blue Devils took command when they began driving to the basket with a vengeance, hitting five consecutive layups to start the second half to push their lead into double figures for good. The margin grew from there, with Barrett stretching it into the 20s with a 3 with about 11 minutes left.

Freshman forward Jaylen Hoard scored 13 points, and Sharone Wright Jr. and Brandon Childress had 12 apiece for the Demon Deacons (7-7, 0-2), who have lost three of four to fall to .500 for the first time since November.

BIG PICTURE

Duke: There might have been a concern about how the highly touted freshmen would handle their first game on an opponent's home floor - especially considering the Blue Devils had lost six of their last nine ACC road openers. Nothing to worry about in this one, but tougher tests are coming.

Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons haven't been able to get over the hump against the best teams on their schedule. They've lost nine straight against Top 25 opponents and have dropped 25 of 26 against ranked teams, with the lone victory an upset of No. 8 Louisville in March 2017. And they're a combined 0-14 against rivals Duke and North Carolina under fifth-year coach Danny Manning.

''Disappointed to lose. That's always the mindset, but you've got to dig yourself out of it,'' Manning said. ''It's the best league in college basketball. This is the league we signed up for.''

KEY STATS

Duke had 24 assists on 36 baskets, while Wake Forest had just six on its 22 buckets. . The Blue Devils put up 15 3-pointers in the first half (making five) but took just eight in the second half (making two). . Reddish was in double figures for the first time since he scored 10 points against Yale on Dec. 8. . Marques Bolden added 12 points for Duke.

HE SAID IT

''`You're a bad guy because you haven't done it,' or `We're not as good because we haven't done that yet.' Ludicrous, really. . When I see stuff like that, come on. It cheapens that person's . knowledge of the game. Come on, man. We come up with a top-10 schedule every year.'' - Krzyzewski, when asked about not playing a true road game until now.

UP NEXT

Duke: Faces a more challenging road test Saturday at No. 13 Florida State.

Wake Forest: Visits Miami on Saturday.

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Key Players
R. Barrett
5 F
B. Childress
0 G
36.8 Min. Per Game 36.8
17.3 Pts. Per Game 17.3
4.2 Ast. Per Game 4.2
3.4 Reb. Per Game 3.4
46.2 Field Goal % 47.4
31.3 Three Point % 46.8
64.9 Free Throw % 77.8
  Defensive rebound by Jack White 12.0
  Michael Wynn missed 3-pt. jump shot 14.0
+ 2 Marques Bolden made layup, assist by Alex O'Connell 32.0
  Defensive rebound by Jack White 32.0
  Torry Johnson missed layup, blocked by Jack White 32.0
  Bad pass turnover on Cam Reddish, stolen by Torry Johnson 46.0
  Bad pass turnover on Sharone Wright Jr. 56.0
  Defensive rebound by Olivier Sarr 1:02
  Cam Reddish missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:04
+ 1 Sharone Wright Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:25
  Sharone Wright Jr. missed 1st of 2 free throws 1:25
Team Stats
Points 87 65
Field Goals 36-62 (58.1%) 22-65 (33.8%)
3-Pointers 7-23 (30.4%) 4-18 (22.2%)
Free Throws 8-16 (50.0%) 17-28 (60.7%)
Total Rebounds 42 37
Offensive 12 15
Defensive 27 16
Team 3 6
Assists 24 6
Steals 7 5
Blocks 13 0
Turnovers 17 15
Fouls 22 16
Technicals 0 0
30 PTS, 10 REB, 5 AST
13 PTS, 9 REB
12T
away team logo 1 Duke 13-1 424587
home team logo Wake Forest 7-7 343165
Team Stats
away team logo 1 Duke 13-1 83.5 PPG 44.2 RPG 15.9 APG
home team logo Wake Forest 7-7 68.4 PPG 41.7 RPG 10.6 APG
Key Players
1
Z. Williamson F 22.2 PPG 8.7 RPG 2.0 APG 69.6 FG%
10
J. Hoard F 13.1 PPG 7.6 RPG 1.5 APG 45.8 FG%
Top Scorers
Z. Williamson F 30 PTS 10 REB 5 AST
J. Hoard F 13 PTS 9 REB 0 AST
58.1 FG% 33.8
30.4 3PT FG% 22.2
50.0 FT% 60.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Z. Williamson 30 10 5 13/16 3/4 1/1 2 32 4 1 4 3 7
R. Barrett 21 1 7 8/17 2/6 3/6 1 33 0 0 4 0 1
C. Reddish 10 2 1 4/9 2/7 0/0 4 20 0 2 4 0 2
J. DeLaurier 8 9 0 3/3 0/0 2/6 2 19 0 3 0 4 5
T. Jones 6 2 7 3/7 0/1 0/0 2 34 1 0 1 2 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Z. Williamson 30 10 5 13/16 3/4 1/1 2 32 4 1 4 3 7
R. Barrett 21 1 7 8/17 2/6 3/6 1 33 0 0 4 0 1
C. Reddish 10 2 1 4/9 2/7 0/0 4 20 0 2 4 0 2
J. DeLaurier 8 9 0 3/3 0/0 2/6 2 19 0 3 0 4 5
T. Jones 6 2 7 3/7 0/1 0/0 2 34 1 0 1 2 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Bolden 12 6 1 5/6 0/1 2/2 4 20 1 2 1 3 3
J. White 0 8 2 0/2 0/2 0/0 4 24 0 5 2 0 8
J. Goldwire 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 2 6 0 0 0 0 0
A. O'Connell 0 1 1 0/1 0/1 0/1 1 12 1 0 1 0 1
B. Besser - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Vrankovic - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Buckmire - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Baker - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 87 39 24 36/62 7/23 8/16 22 200 7 13 17 12 27
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Hoard 13 9 0 5/11 0/3 3/5 1 31 2 0 4 5 4
B. Childress 12 1 3 3/9 2/4 4/5 2 36 1 0 2 0 1
C. Brown 9 5 2 2/10 0/2 5/6 3 26 0 0 1 2 3
I. Smart 5 1 0 2/2 0/0 1/1 2 14 0 0 0 1 0
T. Johnson 0 0 1 0/6 0/1 0/0 2 16 2 0 2 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Hoard 13 9 0 5/11 0/3 3/5 1 31 2 0 4 5 4
B. Childress 12 1 3 3/9 2/4 4/5 2 36 1 0 2 0 1
C. Brown 9 5 2 2/10 0/2 5/6 3 26 0 0 1 2 3
I. Smart 5 1 0 2/2 0/0 1/1 2 14 0 0 0 1 0
T. Johnson 0 0 1 0/6 0/1 0/0 2 16 2 0 2 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Wright Jr. 12 5 0 4/13 0/3 4/8 2 30 0 0 3 2 3
I. Mucius 9 1 0 4/10 1/3 0/2 0 23 0 0 1 0 1
O. Sarr 5 9 0 2/3 1/1 0/1 4 23 0 0 2 5 4
M. Wynn 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
A. White - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Bilas - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Spivey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Lester - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Okeke - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Buchanan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Lewis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 65 31 6 22/65 4/18 17/28 16 200 5 0 15 15 16