WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -John Collins recorded his sixth straight 20-point game as Wake Forest defeated Georgia Tech 81-69 Saturday afternoon in the LJVM Coliseum.
Collins led the Deacs with 20 points, his sixth consecutive 20-point game and the longest such streak in the ACC this season. The streak is also the longest by a Deac in ACC play since Skip Brown had a 10-game streak in 1974-75.
Collins also pulled down 11 rebounds for his 10th double-double of the season while recording a career high five blocks, the most by a Deac this season.
Mitchell Wilbekin finished with an ACC career high 16 points while tying a career high with five assists and grabbing a season high five rebounds. Wilbekin shot 4-for-8 behind the arc, tying a career high with four triples.
The Demon Deacons (14-9, 5-6 ACC) gained an early seven-point lead over the Yellow Jackets (13-10, 5-6 ACC) with points from Collins, Konstantinos Mitoglou and Woods. Georgia Tech went on a 10-0 run to take a 14-11 lead with 11:37 remaining in the half. Childress ended the Yellow Jackets' run with a layup and from there the squads traded baskets until the Deacs managed a 7-0 run to go up 27-21. Georgia Tech continued to grind but Wake Forest carried the 37-31 lead into the locker rooms.
Mitoglou and Woods knocked down back-to-back triples to open the second frame and force Georgia Tech to burn a time out down 12. The Deacs kept the Yellow Jackets at arm's-length in the second half and found themselves leading by 16 with just over 10 minutes remaining. Georgia Tech managed to bring the score within seven but the Deacs easily took the 81-69 victory.