March 3, 2018
Final Box (PDF)
By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMBB)
ATLANTA, Ga. - The Wake Forest men's basketball team fell to Georgia Tech, 64-56, in the regular season finale Saturday afternoon at McCamish Pavilion.
With Saturday's outcome, the Demon Deacons finish the regular season with an 11-19 record, including a 4-14 mark in ACC play. The Deacs will be the No. 14 seed in the ACC Tournament. The Yellow Jackets move to 13-18 on the year with a 6-12 ledger in conference play and will be the No. 13 seed.
Doral Moore recorded his 12th double-double of the season and ninth in ACC play with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Moore also matched a career-high with five blocks, giving him 60 on the season, good for 11th-most in a single season.
Bryant Crawford finished with a team-high 22 points, his 28th double-figure and ninth 20-point game this season. Crawford also totaled three assists, moving him into seventh all-time with 461.
Donovan Mitchell chipped in eight points to go along with five rebounds and matched a career high with 24 minutes played.
After a slow start for both teams, Moore opened the scoring with a jumper down low over two minutes into Saturday's contest. The Deacon defense clamped down on the Yellow Jackets, holding them without a basket for the first five possessions. However, with the Deacs up 4-2, Georgia Tech took it's first lead of the game with just over 15 minutes to go with a 3-pointer from Brandon Alston. Wake Forest quickly regained the lead on a 3-pointer from Brandon Childress and extended its advantage to four points with a layup from Crawford.
The Yellow Jackets would not stay down, netting six-straight points of their own to take a 12-9 advantage with 11 minutes to play in the opening half. Crawford stopped the Jackets' run with a layup before a triple from Brown gave the Deacs the lead with 10 minutes left. A 6-0 run gave the Deacons their largest advantage of the afternoon at 24-17 with five minutes to play, but the Jackets countered with a 5-0 run of their own. Georgia Tech would eventually take a 26-25 edge into halftime.
Moore led the Deacons in the first half with nine points and 10 rebounds. The Deacs held an advantage on the glass, pulling down 25 rebounds to Georgia Tech's 15.
Georgia Tech opened the second half with an early layup to extend its lead. However, after a free throw from Moore, Mitchell Wilbekin drained a three to give the Deacs a 29-28 lead. From there, the teams battled back and forth, with neither team taking a lead larger than two points until back-to-back baskets and a pair of free throws from the Yellow Jackets gave Georgia Tech a 39-35 advantage. Mitchell cut the Jackets' run with a 3-pointer and then tied the game at 41-all with another triple. He then gave the Deacs the lead with a pair of free throws, but Georgia Tech countered with a triple to begin another battle.
Eventually, the Jackets capitalized on a Deacon scoring drought to take a 52-46 lead, their largest of the day, with four minutes to play. Moore snapped the drought with a layup and Crawford went on a 5-0 run to cut the Jackets' lead to just two, 58-56, with 45.3 seconds to go. Georgia Tech sealed the game at the free throw line, hitting 6-for-6 in the final 16 seconds to take the 64-56 victory.
Up next, the Demon Deacons head to Brooklyn, New York for the ACC Tournament. Competition for the Deacs at the Barclays Center begins on Tuesday at 7 p.m.