WINSTON-SALEM — Carlik Jones scored a season-high 23 points to help No. 16 Louisville beat Wake Forest, 77-65, on Wednesday night, extending the Cardinals’ best start in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

Samuell Williamson added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Cardinals (9-1, 4-0 ACC), who blew nearly all of a 16-point second-half lead before finally putting this one away in the final 6 minutes as the Demon Deacons went cold.

Louisville shot 51% for the game to reach 4-0 in the league, marking the program’s best since joining the ACC before the 2014-15 season. It marked the best start in any league since for the Cardinals since winning their first eight Big East games during the 2008-09 season.

Daivien Williamson scored 19 points for the Demon Deacons (3-4, 0-4), who looked on the way to a blowout loss when Louisville scored twice off consecutive turnovers to take a 50-34 lead and force a timeout just 90 seconds after halftime.

Wake Forest shot just 9 of 29 (31%) after halftime, including 2 of 14 from behind the 3-point arc.

The Cardinals play a second straight road game when they visit Miami on Saturday.

Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons have another matchup with a ranked team, hosting No. 20 Virginia Tech on Sunday.

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