ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser has been critical of the Demon Deacons at times this season, saying they didn’t play to their potential and let teams with considerably less talent stay in games.

There were no such complaints from Prosser on Wednesday night after No. 5 Wake Forest displayed both poise and scoring punch in an 81-64 victory against New Mexico before a raucous sellout crowd of 18,018 in The Pit.

Led by its backcourt trio of Chris Paul, Justin Gray and Taron Downey, some tenacious rebounding and a defense that harassed New Mexico into its worst shooting night of the season, Wake Forest (10-1) pulled away in the second half.

There were no signs this time of the team that struggled to put away Elon seven days earlier or the Demon Deacons who survived a scare at Temple on Dec. 13, before pulling out a 67-64 victory.

“We guarded very, very well,” Prosser said. “This is a team that’s averaging in the mid-80s and to hold them to 33 percent and 19 percent from the 3, and to beat them by 13 on the glass, is the reflection of a good effort by our kids.”

Paul scored 15 of his 23 points in the second half and Gray scored 17.

Wake Forest (10-1)

mp

fg-a

3fg-a

ft-a

o-r

a

to

pf

pts

Levy

30

4-6

0-0

0-3

1-10

0

1

3

8

Strickland

19

1-4

1-2

0-0

0-3

2

1

2

3

Williams

17

2-6

0-0

2-6

4-8

1

2

4

6

Gray

35

6-14

4-10

1-2

0-2

3

2

2

17

Paul

37

6-13

5-8

6-6

1-7

5

2

2

23

Ellis

16

2-2

0-0

2-2

0-5

0

1

5

6

Downey

29

6-11

0-5

4-4

1-4

3

3

2

16

Danelius

15

1-3

0-1

0-0

4-4

0

1

3

2

Joyce

0+

0-0

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

Visser

2

0-0

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

1

0

TEAM

0-4

Totals

200

28-59

10-26

15-23

13-47

14

13

24

81

New Mexico (10-2)

mp

fg-a

3fg-a

ft-a

o-r

a

to

pf

pts

Chiotti

24

1-5

0-0

1-2

3-6

3

2

4

3

Granger

37

5-14

1-4

13-15

2-9

0

1

3

24

Devries

36

3-13

3-10

0-0

0-3

0

3

3

9

Collins

23

2-7

0-3

0-1

0-2

2

0

3

4

Walters

38

3-10

0-4

3-4

1-3

2

3

3

9

Osby

4

0-0

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

1

0

Neale

28

6-11

1-6

0-0

2-3

2

1

1

13

Prentice

4

0-0

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

Harden

1

0-0

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

Dandridge

2

0-0

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

Phaler

3

0-1

0-0

2-2

2-2

0

1

1

2

TEAM

2-6

Totals

200

20-61

5-27

19-24

12-34

9

11

19

64

Wake Forest

36

33

­—

81

New Mexico

33

31

64

Blocked shots: Wake Forest 5 (Ellis 2, Levy, Paul, Williams 1). New Mexico 5 (Granger 4, Chiotti 1).

Steals: Wake Forest 6 (Levy 2, Williams, Gray, Paul, Downey 1). New Mexico 6 (Neale 3, Collins 2, Chiotti 1).

Technical fouls: None.

Officials: David Hall, Larry spaulding, Bob Staffen

Attendance: 18,018

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