Al-Farouq Aminu had 22 points and 10 rebounds to help Wake Forest pull away early in the second half and beat High Point 83-60 on Wednesday night.

Ishmael Smith added 13 points for the Demon Deacons (3-0), who trailed almost the entire first half before finally pushing ahead by three at the break. But Wake Forest scored the first seven points after halftime to finally get some separation from the pesky Panthers (1-1), then steadily increased the margin down the stretch.

That's not to say it was all easy for Wake Forest, which was facing a team picked to finish sixth in the Big South Conference. In fact, High Point led by nine points midway through the first half while Wake Forest didn't take its first lead until just 2 minutes remained before halftime.

Nick Barbour scored 15 points to lead High Point.