DESTIN, Fla. -- — Alondes Williams scored seven of his game-high 24 points in overtime and Wake Forest held off Oregon State, 80-77 Friday night to advance to the championship game of the Emerald Coast Classic.
The Demon Deacons have won six straight games to start the season, their best start since 2008-09. They will face LSU in the tournament championship game Saturday.
Wake Forest came into the game having shot 50% or better in five straight games and knocked down 54.5% in the first half against the Beavers to build a 19-point lead at the break, 48-29. The Demon Deacons led by 20, 55-35 after Jake Laravia scored on a fast break with 16:06 left.
And then the Deacons went cold from the field, shooting just 28% in the second half. Oregon State roared back, taking the lead with five minutes left on a jump hook in the lane by Rodrigue Andela. Williams converted two free throws and scored from underneath the basket to put Wake Forest up, 69-67 with 1:10 left but Gianni Hunt dunked with 53 seconds left to pull the Beavers even and force the extra period.
Williams drove for a layup with 2:16 left to put the Deacons on top, 76-75, and Laravia extended the lead with a driving layup. Williams hit the front end of a one-and-one to make it 79-77 and Laravia pulled down the offensive rebound on his missed second attempt.
Jarod Lucas missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer for Oregon State.
Laravia finished with 17 points and Daivien Williamson added 14 for Wake Forest.
The Beavers, who won the Pac-12 Tournament and reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, have now lost five straight following a season-opening win over Portland State, their last three by a total of five points.