Deacs snap skid against reeling Georgia Tech
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Doral Moore scored 17 points, Bryant Crawford added 16 and Wake Forest beat Georgia Tech 79-62 on Wednesday night.
The teams combined to hit 20 of their first 35 shots from the field, including an 11-of-19 effort by the Demon Deacons, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Wake Forest (10-16, 3-11 Atlantic Coast Conference) was able to string together a 10-0 run that gave it a 36-26 lead following a Mitchell Wilbekin 3-pointer with 3:43 remaining in the first half.
Wilbekin and Brandon Childress each added 11 points for Wake Forest, which committed a season-low five turnovers — more than eight fewer than its 13.2 season average. Crawford, a junior, tied a season-high by dishing out nine assists without committing a turnover.
Josh Okogie had 20 points and Ben Lammers added 14 for Georgia Tech (11-15, 4-9). The Yellow Jackets, who entered Wednesday making a league-worst 4.92 3-pointers a game, connected on only one of its nine attempts from behind the arc.
Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets have now lost four straight and eight of their last nine games dating back to a 64-48 loss to then-No. 22 Virginia on Jan. 18, a defeat that snapped a run of four consecutive wins.
Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons had lost 10 of their last 11 games going into Wednesday, yet are now three games ahead of Pittsburgh for last place in the ACC with four regular-season games remaining.
Georgia Tech plays host on Saturday to Virginia Tech, which lost at No. 12 Duke 74-52 on Wednesday for only its second loss in its last seven games.
Wake Forest, which hasn't won back-to-back games since beating Coastal Carolina, 84-80, on Dec. 18, plays host to North Carolina State on Saturday.