Wake Forest 59, Georgia Tech 50

Travis McKie had 23 points and 11 rebounds to help Wake Forest

beat Georgia Tech 59-50 on Wednesday night.

Tony Chennault added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Demon

Deacons (12-14, 3-9 Atlantic Coast Conference), who ran off an 11-0

run in the final 6 1/2 minutes to go ahead for good in a matchup of

the bottom two teams in the league standings. Wake Forest had lost

six straight games by double-digit margins, but McKie helped the

Demon Deacons take control in a tight contest.

The Demon Deacons shot just 33 percent but came through with key

baskets that twice beat the shot clock during the decisive run.

McKie scored the first seven points of the spurt, which gave Wake

Forest an eight-point lead with about 2 1/2 minutes left.

Glen Rice Jr. scored 12 points to lead the Yellow Jackets (9-16,

2-9), who shot 37.3 percent (19 of 51).

Very little had gone right for the Demon Deacons since beating

Virginia Tech 58-55 at home on Jan. 7. They had lost nine of 10

since, with the past six losses coming by an average margin of

nearly 18 points per game. But despite blowing a seven-point

halftime lead and trailing 41-38 with about seven minutes left, the

Demon Deacons reversed their recent misery thanks largely to

McKie.

First McKie hit a turnaround jumper in the lane that just beat

the shot clock. Then he took a pass from freshman Chase Fischer and

knocked down the go-ahead 3-pointer, followed by a pair of free

throws with 5:09 left that gave the Demon Deacons a 45-41 lead.

Chennault followed with a steal and layup, then 7-footer Ty

Walker hit a long jumper from beyond the foul line to beat the shot

clock and make it 49-41 with 2:42 left.

Wake Forest shot just 4-for-20 from 3-point range, but finished

with a 42-32 rebounding advantage and a 17-11 edge in second-chance

points.

C.J. Harris finished with just eight points for Wake Forest,

snapping his run of 24 straight games with double-figure scoring

totals.

The Yellow Jackets have lost eight of nine and 12 of 14

games.