Jones, No. 16 Louisville beat Wake Forest 77-65

“I think it's very evident at times that we have a very young team that will give up a couple of easy ones and allow somebody to get back in the game," Mack said.

Daivien Williamson scored 19 points for the Demon Deacons (3-4, 0-4), who fell behind 50-34 lead just 90 seconds after halftime after giving up consecutive baskets off turnovers.

They clawed back to within a point midway through the second half, only to go 9 1/2 minutes without a basket to squander a shot at an upset.

Ultimately, they couldn't come up with a desperately needed basket or two during that long drought during a close game before Louisville finally started to stretch the lead back out again.

... Wake Forest didn't have midyear-enrollee guard Carter Whitt, who was wearing a boot on his right leg after rolling his ankle during the day’s shootaround.

Carlik Jones scored a season-high 23 points to help the Cardinals beat the Demon Deacons 77-65 on Wednesday night, extending their best start in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

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