Deacons close first half strong, blow out Hornets

Tariq Ingraham scored 19 points and Jalen Johnson added 16 to lift Wake Forest to a 111-51 romp over Delaware State on Wednesday in the opener of the Wake Forest Classic in Winston-Salem, N.C.Ingraham went 7-for-7 from the field and 5-for-5 from the foul line for the Demon Deacons, who scored 28 consecutive points to break open a close game in the first half. Wake Forest made 9 of 18 attempts from 3-point range to highlight a 52.9 percent shooting performance in the game’s first 20 minutes.The scoring frenzy was a welcome sight for Steve Forbes in his head coaching debut with the Demon Deacons. Forbes, who replaced Danny Manning in April, previously spent five seasons as the head coach at East Tennessee State.Wake Forest, which aims to rebound from a 13-18 season in 2019-20, faces Longwood on Friday in the final game of the multi-team event.Preseason All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Third Team selection Johquin ‘Pinky’ Wiley scored 11 points for the Hornets, who posted a 6-26 overall record last season. Delaware State faces Longwood on Thursday.Ameer Bennett’s layup gave Delaware Stare a 22-19 lead midway into the first half before Wake Forest scored the next eight points to secure a lead it would not relinquish. Jahcobi Neath set up Ingraham’s layup before sinking a pair of free throws as part of the spurt.