College basketball roundup: Williams stays hot, helps Wake rally past VMI

NC A&T picked up a road win, but UNCA and UNCG each lost

William & Mary's Connor Kochera, is called for a block as Wake Forest's Alondes Williams drives to the basket during the Demon Deacons' 77-59 win Wednesday in Winston-Salem. (Walt Unks / The Winston-Salem Journal via AP)

WINSTON-SALEM — Alondes Williams scored a career-high 36 points and Wake Forest needed to rally in beating VMI 76-70 on Tuesday night.

The Demon Deacons (10-1) are off to their best start since the 2008-09 season.

Wake Forest needed a 10-0 run to start the second half to reduce its deficit to 42-39. A 13-0 run gave the Demon Deacons their first lead of the game at 66-65 when Isaiah Mucius made a 3-pointer with 3:10 left.

Williams was 11-for-20 shooting and missed just one of 13 foul shots. Cameron Hildreth scored 12 points off the bench for Wake Forest and Mucius had 11.

VMI scored 27 (9 for 23) of its 42 first-half points from 3-point range and led by 13 at intermission. Kamdyn Curfman scored 16, going 4 for 7 from the arc, before the break. His 3-pointer with 12:04 before the break was his second of the half and the Keydets led 21-7.

Curfman finished with 24 points, Honor Huff scored 13 off the bench and Jake Stephens scored 12 with 10 rebounds for VMI (7-5).

Wake Forest has won 16 straight against VMI, and improved to 20-4 in the series. It was the first meeting between the programs since the 2013-14 campaign. VMI last beat Wake Forest 44-43 during the 1940-41 season.

North Carolina A&T 69, East Tennessee St. 67

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — Tyler Maye had a season-high 21 points and made the game-winning shot as North Carolina A&T edged East Tennessee State 69-67 on Tuesday night.

Kameron Langley drove to the left of the arc and then passed to Maye, who scored from under the net with 7.2 seconds remaining. Ty Brewer missed for East Tennessee State at the buzzer.

Marcus Watson had 19 points and 10 rebounds for North Carolina A&T (4-8), which won its first road game of the season. Langley finished with 10 points, six rebounds and six assists.

Jordan King had 15 points for the Buccaneers (7-4). Ledarrius Brewer added 14 points. Ty Brewer had 13 points and three blocks.

UT Martin 79, UNC Asheville 68

MARTIN, Tenn. — KJ Simon had a career-high 30 points as UT Martin defeated UNC Asheville 79-68 on Tuesday night.

Bernie Andre had 14 points and seven rebounds for UT Martin (4-7), which snapped its four-game losing streak. Chris Nix added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Koby Jeffries had six rebounds.

Quay Kimble scored a season-high 20 points for the Bulldogs (6-5). Trent Stephney added 11 points. Tajion Jones had 10 points and six rebounds. Drew Pember had six points and five blocks.

Towson 74, UNC Greensboro 64

TOWSON, Md. — Terry Nolan Jr. registered 19 points and seven assists as Towson beat UNC Greensboro 74-64 on Tuesday night.

Nicolas Timberlake had 14 points for Towson (8-4), which earned its fourth straight home victory. Charles Thompson added 11 points. Cam Holden had four points and 10 rebounds.

De’Monte Buckingham had 20 points and eight rebounds for the Spartans (7-4). Khyre Thompson added 14 points. Bas Leyte had 11 points.