National Basketball Association
Wake Forest 77, William & Mary 59
When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Where: Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Officials: # Roger Ayers, # Tony Henderson, # Kellen Miliner
Attendance: 3710

Alondes Williams scored 22 points in his first game for Wake Forest as the Demon Deacons opened their season by overwhelming visiting William & Mary in a 77-59 decision Wednesday night in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Williams, a graduate transfer from Oklahoma, shot 9-for-12 from the field.

Solid contributions from newcomers became a theme for rebuilding Wake Forest.

Jake LaRavia, a transfer from Indiana State, provided 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting, while Daivien Williamson and freshman Cameron Hildreth both chipped in with 10 points.

Ben Wright racked up 18 points for William & Mary. Connor Kochera, who was last season's Rookie of the Year in the Colonial Athletic Association and Tyler Rice both posted eight points for the cold-shooting Tribe, which shot 38.6 percent from the field. Rice supplied nine assists.

Part of the shooting problems for William & Mary might have stemmed from the length defensively that Wake Forest had. The Demon Deacons were credited with eight blocked shots.

It wasn't a clean game by any stretch, with the teams combining for 38 turnovers -- 21 by William & Mary and 17 by Wake Forest.

The Demon Deacons, who are beginning the season with five straight home games, used an early 16-2 run to take control. LaRavia had seven points during that stretch, including a 3-point basket and a dunk.

Wake Forest led 46-18 at halftime, in large part because of William & Mary's shooting woes and the ability of the Demon Deacons to get the ball into the lane. The Tribe shot 1-for-12 on 3-pointers in the first half.

William & Mary finished with six 3-point baskets. Wake Forest ended up with a 37-36 rebounding advantage.

The teams combined for 13 wins (seven for William & Mary, six for Wake Forest) last season so this was a chance for a fresh start.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
William & Mary   Wake Forest
Ben Wight 18 Scoring Alondes Williams 22
Tyler Rice 9 Assists Cameron Hildreth 4
Langdon Hatton 5 Rebounds Carter Whitt 7
Ben Wight 7 Free Throws Made Alondes Williams 3
Connor Kochera 2 Steals Jake LaRavia 4
Brandon Carroll 1 Blocks Dallas Walton 4
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
William & Mary 59 38.6 6-19 9-14 17 32 2 10 21
Wake Forest 77 51.7 7-23 8-14 13 35 8 14 17