Sunday, February 1, 2009

WAKE SLIPS ON PEACH PEEL

We might have jinxed Wake Forest when, during a conversation about the difficulty of winning road games in the ACC, we declared that there were only two easy outs – Georgia Tech and Virginia.

Oops.

AP - It took a lot to overshadow a rare Atlantic Coast Conference matchup of brothers, both of whom had a double-double.
Iman Shumpert found a way.

The freshman hit a pull-up jumper with one second remaining to lift Georgia Tech to its first ACC win, a 76-74 upset of Wake Forest (No. 4 ESPN/USA Today, No. 6 AP) on Saturday.


Shumpert had only five points before tying the game on a basket with 20 seconds remaining and then faking a drive to the basket before stopping to hit his winning shot.

Wake Forest committed two turnovers in the final 35 seconds and lost to the ACC's last-place team only three days after beating top-ranked Duke.

Wake Forest players insisted they did not experience a letdown after the win over Duke.
"It didn't have anything to do with the Duke game," said James Johnson, who had 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

Georgia Tech senior Alade Aminu had 10 points, 13 rebounds and career-high six blocks while younger brother Al-Farouq Aminu led Wake Forest with 17 points, 11 rebounds and five steals.


The last-second drama stole the spotlight from only the second matchup of brothers on opposing teams in ACC history. On Jan. 3, 1969, Wake Forest's Jerry Montgomery faced his brother, Maryland's Roger Montgomery, in a game won by the Demon Deacons.

(AP Photos/Stanley Leary)

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