Wake Forest enjoyed three luxuries Wednesday night that the state of South Carolina would surely give anything to have for itself.

The Demon Deacons played at home, something the Bulldogs haven’t done in the regular season. Wake Forest climbed to 5-1 and earned a 105-74 win over their undefeated opponents. On Saturday they play at home again, while SC State will be on another bus for another away game.

“We went about our business, putting the lead there at halftime,” said Wake Forest coach Steve Forbes. “But the game got a little choppy. They made some shots that they didn’t take in the first half, so let’s take it and go.”

In the first few minutes, SC State was within striking distance of the Demon Deacons. Had they been more efficient at 3-point shooting, the Bulldogs might have made a contest out of it in the first half. Instead, they only hit one of the 14 shots they attempted from 3-point range. That’s 7%, and it helped digging an early hole that only got deeper.

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Wake Forest hit six of his 11 3-point attempts and shot 53% overall for the half. That was the extra dirt for this hole the Bulldogs never climbed out of.

Cam Hildreth caused most of the suffering. He hit five of his six shots and finished the first half with 13 points. His two free throws at 4:46 gave Wake Forest a 34-18 lead, which grew to 51-27 at the break. Hildreth led Wake Forest with 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field. And that’s despite opening the night with an air ball on a 3-point try, then recovering to score the next.

“I’ve been working on my shot a lot this summer,” said Hildreth. “I’m confident in my jump shot and if I’m open I’ll shoot it. So I shot with confidence and it was good.”

And then came Ty Appleby, who quietly added 13 points by hitting three of four 3-point field goals and added nine assists. A total of six players scored double digits. Dama Monsanto had 16, Bobi Klintman had 15 and 10 rebounds, and Jao Ituka and Matthew Marsh had 10 each.

The Demon Deacons were without Daivien Williamson, who reportedly has a back injury.

SC State has had a tough time this season just to put a team on the field. Head coach Erik Martin, an assistant to Bob Huggins in West Virginia for 16 years, was hired to lead the Bulldogs in July, a time of year when most programs are about to prepare to begin training.

When Martin arrived in Orangeburg he only had six players on his list, forcing him to go out and find eight more players. To top it off, the Bulldogs are in the middle of an 11-game road trip to start the season. Wake Forest is their sixth straight game and their first home game is coming up. December 13 vs. UNC Asheville.

SC State’s offense ramped up in the second half but only managed to narrow the gap to 17. Wake Forest led by 33 points in the final minutes.

Lesown Hallums had 14 for the Bulldogs, Jordan Simpson had 13 and four other players got 10s. They went 4-to-24 from 3-point range and shot 39 percent for the game.

Wake Forest has a Saturday matinee against Hampton.

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