Deacs Surge Past Georgia Tech, 81-69
Feb. 4, 2017

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By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@TieDyeNation)

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.

Keyshawn Woods added 12 points for the Deacs while Bryant Crawford finished with 10, his 14th consecutive double-digit performance.

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.

Freshman Rich Washington finished with one rebound in his ACC debut.

The Demon Deacs hit the road to take on Notre Dame Tuesday, Feb. 7. Tip-off at Purcell Pavilion is set for 7 p.m.


DOUBLE DIGIT DEACS

  • John Collins, Mitchell Wilbekin, Keyshawn Woods and Bryant Crawford all ended the night scoring in double digits with 20, 16, 12 and 10 points respectively.
  • Wilbekin's 16 points are a new season and ACC career high. Wilbekin also ties his career high in three-pointers after making four tonight.
  • Collins earned his tenth double-double this season with 20 points and 11 rebounds. This is the sixth straight 20-point game for Collins.

MOVING UP THE RECORD BOOKS

  • Crawford ended the day with four assists. He is now No. 17 in the Career Assists record book with 268 assists, passing Robert O'Kelley (1998-01).
  • With one 3-pointer scored by Dinos Mioglou tonight he is now tied at the No. 13 spot in Career 3-Pointers with 117. He shares the spot with Jerry Braswell (1995-98).
  • Mitoglou now has a total of 334 Career 3-Point Attempts moving him up to the No. 12 spot. He shares this spot with Broderick Hicks (1999-02).

DEFENSIVE DOMINANCE

  • The Deacs finished the day by holding the Yellow Jackets to a field-goal percentage of 35.7% (20-56).
  • Wake Forest finished the game with a total of 38 rebounds, 29 of which were defensive rebounds.
  • Collins earned a new career high in blocks with a total of 5.




 

 

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