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
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
C.J. Harris finished with just eight points for Wake Forest,
snapping his run of 24 straight games with double-figure scoring
The Yellow Jackets have lost eight of nine and 12 of 14