Led by the outside shooting of guards Delaney Rudd and Danny Young, who combined for 31 points, Wake Forest routed South Carolina, 78-61, last night in Greensboro, N.C. to advance to the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament.

The Deacons took the lead early and kept it all the way, going up by as many as 19 points in the closing minutes.

Young led the offense with 17 points, including five of six from the field in the first half; Rudd had 14 along with forward Alvis Rogers, who spent much of the second half on the bench in foul trouble.

The Deacons (20-11) head to Madison Square Garden for a semifinal game Monday night. Pairings will be announced Friday at noon. South Carolina finished its season at 22-9.

Wake Forest held a 39-28 halftime lead. South Carolina managed to close within five in the opening four minutes of the second half and the Deacons appeared headed for trouble when Rogers went to the bench with his fourth personal foul with almost 16 minutes to play.

Freshman Kenny Green led a scoring streak that gave the Deacons a 15-point lead with 5:20 to play.