Thursday, February 19, 2009


N0. 8 WAKE FOREST 89, GEORGIA TECH 67 – Last time these two met, the cellar-dweller Yellow Jackets upset the Demon Deacons. Not this time.

Wake’s James Johnson caught the opening tip and drove in for a thunderous dunk, the beginning of a dominant 24-point, 11-rebound performance to lead the Deacs to a relatively easy win.

The opening throw down was part of a dominating stretch where Wake Forest raced to leads of 25-5 and 48-25 on Johnson's 3-pointer late in the first half. After Georgia Tech's 3-point shooting helped cut the deficit to five early in the second half, Johnson went to work again inside to put it way.

The sophomore hit 10 of 12 shots and was two points shy of his career high, helping Wake Forest (20-4, 7-4 ACC) shoot 57 percent from the field and secure it first 20-win season since 2004-05.
Jeff Teague added 15 points, while freshman Al-Farouq Aminu scored 14 and got the better of his older brother, Georgia Tech senior Alade Aminu, who was held to nine points.

Lewis Clinch hit six 3-pointers and scored 24 points and Iman Shumpert added 14 for Georgia Tech (10-15, 1-11), which has lost five straight and 10 of 11.

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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