Wake Forest 80, N.C.-Wilmington 69

L.D. Williams scored a career-high 23 points, and Al-Farouq

Aminu had 17 points, 13 rebounds and the highlight-reel play in

Wake Forest’s 80-69 victory over North Carolina-Wilmington on

Wednesday night.

Ishmael Smith matched a personal best with 19 points while

answering several Seahawk rallies with slicing layups, and Williams

was 8-for-8 from the free-throw line in the final 1 1/2 minutes for

the Demon Deacons (7-2).

They shook off a sloppy start, shot nearly 54 percent and turned

back several rallies to win their third straight overall and 12th

in a row against the Seahawks (4-6).

Chad Tomko scored 12 points and nearly brought UNC Wilmington

back from a 15-point deficit. The Seahawks had won three of four,

were playing host to an Atlantic Coast Conference team for just the

third time and were denied their first victory against one of those

programs in 17 years.