WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest's C.J. Harris struggled from the perimeter, but he made up for it in other ways as the Demon Deacons overcame a double-deficit to defeat visiting William & Mary 63-57 on Friday night at Joel Coliseum.
Harris, a senior guard who was 10 of 11 on free throws, finished with 18 points despite missing all eight of his 3-point attempts. Teammate Travis McKie added 15 points.
Kyle Gaillard made 1 of 2 free throws with 2:32 to play to pull William & Mary to within 52-51. Then Wake Forest (3-2) broke away.
Marcus Thornton's 17 points led William & Mary (3-2), which two nights earlier suffered its first loss of the season in a game with Miami of Ohio. Prior to that, the Tribe had produced its first 3-0 start in 20 years.
Tim Rusthoven finished with 11 points and nine rebounds before fouling out in the final minute for William & Mary.
Wake Forest overcame 40-percent shooting (20 of 50) from the field.
William & Mary, playing on the road for the third time after victories at Liberty and High Point, led 17-5 less than eight minutes into the game. After building the margin to 13 points, the Tribe settled for a 30-23 halftime edge.
The Demon Deacons pulled even at 39-39 and went ahead by as much as 52-47 with less than five minutes to play.
William & Mary's Matt Rum, who was 2-for-16 on 3-pointers entering the game, drained two long-range shots on his way to eight points. He missed a potential tying 3 with the score at 54-51.
The Tribe won at Wake Forest three seasons ago in the most recent previous meeting.
Wake Forest has had four of its five games decided by a dozen points or less.