ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Brandon Childress scored 18 points and Olivier Sarr added 16 as Wake Forest advanced to the championship game of the Wooden Legacy with an 88-75 victory over Long Beach State on Friday afternoon.
Chaundee Brown scored 13 and Andrien White added 12 as the Demon Deacons (5-2) moved on to Sunday's championship game where they will face the winner of Friday's semifinal game between Arizona and Penn.
Michael Carter II scored 18 points and Chance Hunter added 17 for the Beach (4-4), who will play in the tournament's third-place game.
After shooting just 36% from the field in an opening-round victory over College of Charleston on Thursday, Wake Forest shot 43.5% on Friday. The Demon Deacons had a 43-27 rebounding advantage and showed their depth with a 36-9 advantage on bench points, with six players scoring in double figures.
Wake Forest opened a 14-point lead with 10:34 remaining on a free throw from Michael Wynn, and then weathered a 0-for-10 stretch from the field midway through the second half by scoring 11 consecutive points at the free-throw line.
Wake Forest was 0 for 10 from 3-point range in the second half but went 20 for 21 from the free-throw line after halftime and 24 for 35 in the game.
The Demon Deacons took a 38-31 lead into halftime after White hit a running shot from half court at the buzzer.
Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons have been comfortable in the cozy confines of Anaheim Arena, going 5-0 all-time in the building across the street from the Disneyland Resort. Along with the two victories in the current Wooden Legacy, Wake Forest won all three games in the 2008 version of the tournament while winning the title.
Long Beach State: The Beach made their second consecutive trip to the Wooden Legacy semifinals after also advancing in the winners' bracket in the 2009 version of the tournament. Long Beach State defeated Xavier in the 2009 third-place game.
Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons will play the winner of the Arizona-Penn matchup later Friday in Sunday's Wooden Legacy title game.
Long Beach State: The Beach will face the loser of the Arizona-Penn matchup later Friday in Sunday's Wooden Legacy third-place game.