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Mucius leads Wake Forest to 80-56 rout of Charlotte

Isaiah Mucius scored 16 points and Wake Forest beat Charlotte 80-56

Published on December 7, 2018 12:01AM

Wake Forest's Chaundee Brown (23) shoots over Charlotte's Malik Martin (12) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Winston-Salem, N.C., Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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Wake Forest's Chaundee Brown (23) shoots over Charlotte's Malik Martin (12) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Winston-Salem, N.C., Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Wake Forest's Michael Wynn (20) shoots against Charlotte's John Kitoko (21) and Jon Davis (3) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Winston-Salem, N.C., Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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Wake Forest's Michael Wynn (20) shoots against Charlotte's John Kitoko (21) and Jon Davis (3) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Winston-Salem, N.C., Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Wake Forest head coach Danny Manning directs his team against Charlotte in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Winston-Salem, N.C., Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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Wake Forest head coach Danny Manning directs his team against Charlotte in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Winston-Salem, N.C., Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Wake Forest's Sunday Okeke, bottom, looks to pass the ball as Charlotte's Jailan Haslem, top, defends in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Winston-Salem, N.C., Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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Wake Forest's Sunday Okeke, bottom, looks to pass the ball as Charlotte's Jailan Haslem, top, defends in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Winston-Salem, N.C., Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Charlotte's Jaylan McGill loses the ball as he falls out of bounds against Wake Forest in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Winston-Salem, N.C., Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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Charlotte's Jaylan McGill loses the ball as he falls out of bounds against Wake Forest in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Winston-Salem, N.C., Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Charlotte head coach Ron Sanchez directs his team against Wake Forest in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Winston-Salem, N.C., Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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Charlotte head coach Ron Sanchez directs his team against Wake Forest in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Winston-Salem, N.C., Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Isaiah Mucius scored 16 points and Wake Forest beat Charlotte 80-56 on Thursday night.

Olivier Sarr added a career-high 14 points, Chaundee Brown also had 14, Brandon Childress scored 13 and Jaylen Hoard finished with 12 for the Demon Deacons (5-3).

They shot 44 percent and built a 43-31 rebounding advantage to snap out of a slump of two dispiriting losses to mid-major programs in three games.

Jon Davis scored 21 points and freshman Brandon Younger added a season-best 11 for Charlotte (2-5), which lost its second straight. The 49ers hit a season-low three 3-pointers and had 12 of their 15 turnovers during the first half when they fell behind by double figures to stay.

Wake Forest pushed its lead into the 20s with a 16-5 run early in the half keyed by three consecutive buckets from Hoard. The Demon Deacons went up 50-29 when Sarr went up for a dunk but sent the ball off the back iron only to watch it bounce in anyway and Charlotte never got closer than 17 after that.

BIG PICTURE

Charlotte: The 49ers are going to be a work in progress with three freshmen and a sophomore in the starting lineup for first-year coach Ron Sanchez. They needed big performances from both Davis and their other double-figure scorer Malik Martin, who was held to three points on 1-of-10 shooting to threaten to pull off a second victory over a power-conference program after stunning Oklahoma State in their second game.

Wake Forest: This was something to build on for the Demon Deacons, whose previous three games included losses at home to Houston Baptist and at Richmond sandwiched by a less-than-inspiring victory over Western Carolina. They had five double-figure scorers for the first time since the opener against North Carolina A&T.

UP NEXT

Charlotte: Plays host to South Florida on Sunday.

Wake Forest: Hosts Davidson on Dec. 17.

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