Jackets Rally to Down Deacons 57-56

Feb. 16, 2013

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Georgia Tech's Robert Carter Jr. hit two free throws with eight seconds left on the clock to give the Yellow Jackets a 57-56 win over Wake Forest on Saturday at Joel Coliseum.

Travis McKie had sunk a 3-pointer with 1:23 remaining to put the Deacons in front 56-53, but Marcus Georges-Hunt cut the Wake Forest lead to a point on a layup with 59 seconds left before Carter Jr. hit the winning free throws.

Devin Thomas had one last chance to win the game for the Deacons (11-14, 4-9 ACC) at the buzzer, but his midrange jumper clanged off of the rim.

McKie and C.J. Harris each scored 15 points for the Demon Deacons. Nine of Harris' 15 points came in the final six minutes.

Wake Forest shot only 29 percent (14-of-48) from the field but stayed in the game by going 23-of-25 (92 percent) from the free throw line.

Turning Point
With Wake Forest leading 57-56 with 10 seconds left, Georges-Hunt went to the rim for a dunk but slammed it off of the rim. The rebound fell to the Yellow Jackets' Carter Jr. and when Aaron Rountree III went up to try to block Carter Jr.'s put-back, he was called for a foul.

Carter Jr. made both free throws to give Georgia Tech the victory.

By the Numbers

  • Wake Forest stayed in the game by shooting 23-of-25 from the free throw line. The 92-percent free throw shooting mark was the Deacons' best of the season, while their 23 made free throws were the most of the ACC season.
  • Arnaud William Adala Moto missed Wake Forest's only free throws of the day but still finished 6-of-8 from the line. C.J. Harris (7-7), Devin Thomas (3-3), Travis McKie (3-3), Codi Miller-McIntyre (2-2) and Aaron Rountree III (2-2) all went perfect from the charity stripe.
  • Devin Thomas finished a point shy of a double-double with nine points and 12 rebounds.
  • Both teams struggled to shoot from the field. Wake Forest went 14-of-48 for 29 percent, and Georgia Tech went 22-of-56 for 39 percent.
  • Travis McKie scored in double figures for the 16th time in the last 17 games. McKie finished with 15 points and six rebounds.
  • Aaron Rountree blocked four shots in only 15 minutes of action, finishing one shy of his career high of five blocks.

Quick Shots

  • C.J. Harris has made his last 25 free throws, dating back to the Deacons' game against Duke on Jan. 30.
  • Chase Fischer blocked his fourth career shot, swatting Jason Morris at the 14:30 mark of the second half. It was his third block of the season.
  • C.J. Harris scored nine straight point for the Demon Deacons from 5:15 to 2:11, six of them from the free throw line and the other on a 3-pointer.
  • Wake Forest started Codi Miller-McIntyre, C.J. Harris, Travis McKie, Arnaud William Adala Moto and Devin Thomas for the 13th time this season.
  • Wake Forest wore white uniforms trimmed in pink in support of cancer awareness.

Next Up
Wake Forest will host No. 3 Miami next Saturday, February 23 at 1 p.m. at Joel Coliseum. The game will be shown on the ACC's regional sports networks.



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