St. Joe’s 3-point barrage does in Deacons

The Hawks make 16 treys in an 89-69 win against Wake Forest in the opening round of the Myrtle Beach Invitational

Wake Forest's Brandon Childress takes a shot from a game against NC A&T last week (Walt Unks/The Winston-Salem Journal via AP)

  CONWAY, S.C. — Charlie Brown Jr. made four 3-pointers and scored a career-high 26 points, Taylor Funk added six 3s and 20 points and Saint Joseph’s beat Wake Forest 89-69 on Thursday in the opening game of the Myrtle Beach Invitational.

  Funk made all five of his 3-point attempts in the first half, scoring 17 points and helping SJU stay even with Wake Forest at 46-all by halftime.

  Freshman Jared Bynum chipped in with 14 points and Lamarr Kimble had 12 for the Hawks (3-0), who made 16 of 30 from distance. SJU shot 53 percent from 3-point range and 52 overall. Brown has scored at least 20 points in every game this season, and SJU has won by 15 or more points in each contest.

  Jaylen Hoard and Isaiah Mucius each scored 14 points for Wake Forest (1-1), which was held to 39 percent shooting. Seven Demon Deacon players made a 3-pointer, totaling 11.  Hoard and Mucius had 11 points apiece in the first half.

  The Deacons will play Cal State Fullerton in the consolation round Friday at 11 a.m.