Friday, March 4, 2011

Thursday Night ACC Basketball

GEORGIA TECH 80, WAKE FOREST 54 – Iman Shumpert scored 24 points and Maurice Miller 20 as the Yellow Jackets routed Wake Forest. 

Jason Morris added 13 points for the Yellow Jackets (12-17, 4-11 ACC), who pulled away from a seven-point halftime lead to snap an eight-game conference losing streak.

Gary Clark had 15 points, Travis McKie 11 and C.J. Harris 10 for the Demon Deacons (8-22, 1-14), who lost their ninth straight league game.

The loss also continued Wake Forest’s season of frustration under first-year head coach Jeff Bzdelik, who replaced Dino Gaudio after three winning seasons and two trips to the NCAA tournament.

Already assured of its worst record since 1985-86—going 8-21 in then-head coach Bob Staak’s first season—the Demon Deacons also posted their worst ACC record since 1986-87 (2-12).

With two of the league’s worst teams on the court—Georgia Tech’s RPI was 182nd coming in, Wake Forest’s 246th—both sides had their problems Thursday.

For the Yellow Jackets, it was fouls—24 in all, with Shumpert spending more than 10 minutes of the first half on the bench after getting two fouls, and Mfon Udofia fouling out early in the second half.

But the Demon Deacons had trouble with Georgia Tech’s defense, committing 22 turnovers (19 off steals), shooting 32.6 percent from the field and being outrebounded 44-27.

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