NCAAB Game Recap - Georgia Tech at Wake Forest
Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:00 PM EST

Duke
66
NCSU
88
F
Syr
66
Lou
90
F
Vill
91
DeP
71
F
Aub
55
UGA
65
F
Butl
72
Seton
74
F
Tuls
43
Hou
76
F
Samf
66
Mercer
106
F
Furm
66
ETSU
75
F
UCF
89
Cin
87
F(2OT)
ECU
73
Mem
77
F
TexAM
74
Alab
68
F
VMI
74
WCU
71
F
GaTec
86
Wake
79
F
Iona
64
Sien
65
F
Mich
60
Rut
52
F
GMas
50
Rich
65
F
Woff
79
UNCG
83
F(OT)
Army
77
LoyMD
81
F
Boston
59
Lafy
61
F
Chat
91
Citad
68
F
Leh
67
Colg
70
F
Navy
62
Amer
71
F
CenAR
68
SFA
83
F
Lamar
77
SamH
65
F
Nich
73
NWSt
69
F
SMU
72
Tul
80
F
ULMo
66
ArkSt
52
F
NDSt
77
SDak
74
F
BC
65
UVA
78
F
McNee
59
InWor
65
F
SDSt
94
N DA
83
F
TCU
56
Tex
70
F
CBap
63
UMKC
69
F
IlSt
69
LoyIL
84
F
Valpa
75
Drake
77
F(OT)
MOSt
79
Brad
83
F(OT)
Ford
49
LaSal
58
F
GrgWas
70
Duques
67
F
AbCh
82
HBU
68
F
Prov
73
GTown
63
F
KansSt
62
TxTch
69
F
Wyo
58
UtSt
78
F
SCar
76
MisSt
79
F
Ind
68
Minn
56
F
Mia-FL
102
VaTec
95
F(3OT)
Cal
66
WaSt
57
F
Bois
80
SJSU
62
F
AF
62
Fres
71
F
LongB
55
UCIrv
70
F

Feb 19, 2020, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Georgia Tech (13-13)

37

49

86

Wake Forest (11-15)

29

50

79

Devoe shakes off injury, leads Georgia Tech past Wake Forest
Wed Feb 19, 2020 11:05 PM

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) There was no slowing down Georgia Tech guards Michael Devoe and Jose Alvarado on Wednesday night at Wake Forest. Not even a knee injury that sent Devoe to the bench for the final three minutes of the first half could do the trick.

Devoe scored 24 points - 16 in the second half - and Alvarado added 22 to lead the Yellow Jackets to an 86-79 victory.

The Tech guards consistently penetrated into the lane to score and set up teammates for dunks and easy baskets.

"We were just making good reads and trying to do what it takes for the team to win," said Devoe, who was down on the court for a few minutes while a trainer examined his tweaked knee. Sometimes, one of us plays really well. Tonight, we put it together."

The Jackets (13-13, 7-8 ACC) squandered a 13-point first-half lead. But Devoe and Alvarado dominated down the stretch. Devoe finished with five assists and Alvarado had four.

"To win in college basketball, it's all about guard play," Tech coach Josh Pastner said. "Alvarado and Devoe played at a high level."

Wake guards Brandon Childress and Jahcobi Neath led the Deacons (11-15, 4-12) with 16 points apiece.

After a cold start, both teams' offenses heated up. Tech shot 52% from the field. Wake shot 49%. Tech was 29 of 39 at the foul line while Wake was 24 of 33.

Moses Wright added 14 points and Jordan Usher had 10 for the Jackets.

Chaundee Brown scored 13 for Wake, and Olivier Sarr and Ismael Massoud had 11 apiece.

Wake tied the score at 65 with 5:13 to play on Sarr's dunk.

But Evan Cole made two free throws, and Devoe dunked home a rebound to put the Jackets ahead by four. A dunk by Cole and a free throw from Bubba Parham gave the Jackets a 77-70 lead with 1:40 to play.

Wake pulled within 78-74 on Isaiah Mucius' 3-pointer with 55 seconds remaining. But ahead by six, Tech sealed the victory on Cole's steal with 32 seconds remaining.

Tech scored nine straight points en route to a 16-3 run to race out to a 13-point lead late in the first half. But Wake used a 7-2 run to pull within 37-29 at halftime.

The Deacons reeled off nine straight points to start the second half and grabbed the lead.

But a pair of dunks by Cole and another by Moses Wright helped the Jackets take a 46-40 lead with 14:06 left.

Before the game, Wake Forest added a banner bearing the likeness of former coach Dave Odom to the rafters at Joel Coliseum. Odom, who coached at the school from 1989-2001, guided Tim Duncan and the Deacons to back-to-back ACC Tournament titles in 1995 and 1996. The late Skip Prosser is the only other Wake coach accorded the honor.

Former Wake stars Tim Duncan, Rodney Rogers and Josh Howard were in attendance for the festivities.

BIG PICTURE

Georgia Tech: The Jackets needed the victory in their quest to avoid a first-round ACC Tournament game - if the NCAA doesn't rule against their appeal to a postseason ban. The Jackets' guard play and momentum from recent victories over N.C. State, Virginia Tech and Louisville make them a potentially dangerous ACC Tournament team.

Wake Forest: The Deacons, who lost by 17 to Miami on Saturday, squandered a great opportunity at home with a big crowd on hand to honor Odom. Speculation about coach Danny Manning's future is likely to increase. Pastner's opened his post-game interview by praising Manning's coaching ability.

KEY STATS

Devoe and Alvarado combined to shoot 13 of 24 from the field and 17 of 20 from the foul line with nine assists. Childress was 6-for-15 (0-for-5 from 3-point range) from the field with six turnovers and only one assist.

BENCH CONTRIBUTIONS

Georgia Tech: Cole, who averaged less than 13 minutes, scored nine points with seven rebounds and a key steal in almost 20 minutes.

Wake Forest: Neath, who averaged less than 16 minutes playing time entering the game, was impressive in more than 27 minutes. He made 5 of 6 shots, including his only 3-point attempt, and had a team-high three assists.

UP NEXT

Georgia Tech: The Jackets play at Syracuse on Feb. 22.

Wake Forest: The Deacons are home against Duke on Feb. 25.

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Leaders

Georgia Tech PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
K. Moore 0 0 1 1 0 0
M. Devoe 24 0 5 5 0 0
Wake Forest PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
T. Johnson 0 0 1 0 0 0
B. Childress 16 0 1 3 0 0

Team Comparison

GaTec Wake
Points For 86 79
Field Goals 26/50-52% 25/51-49%
Three Pointers 5/14-36% 5/16-31%
Free Throws 29/39-74% 24/33-73%
Offensive Rebounds 9 5
Defensive Rebounds 28 22
Rebounds 42 27
Blocks 3 4
Steals 4 4
Turnovers 13 12
Personal Fouls 25 26
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - GaTec Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Feb 19 GaTec 86 @ Wake 79 B. Parham 3 I. Mucius 3

Game Information

Stadium: Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Attendance: 7,562
Game Time: