Yellow Jackets get past Deacons on road

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Georgia Tech has had problems winning on the road in the Atlantic Coast Conference the past few seasons, but it is making small strides to change that.

Georgia Tech's Chris Bolden drives past Wake Forest's Codi Miller-McIntyre during the second half.  CHUCK BURTON/ASSOCIATED PRESS
CHUCK BURTON/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Georgia Tech's Chris Bolden drives past Wake Forest's Codi Miller-McIntyre during the second half.

The Yellow Jackets have won two consecutive road games for the first time in five years after edging Wake Forest 57-56 on Saturday.

Robert Carter Jr. hit two free throws with 8.7 seconds left, and Georgia Tech (14-10, 4-8) held off the Demon Deacons’ last-chance shot to win for its first road-game winning streak since the 2007-2008 season.

“We’re feeling better about playing on the road,” said Yellow Jackets center Daniel Miller. “We’ve had a few road wins now, and that will keep us going. Those are big wins. We need those now more than ever.”

Marcus Georges-Hunt finished with 16 points, Miller added 15 and Carter 10 for Georgia Tech, which also completed its first sweep over an ACC opponent since the 2010-2011 season.

The Yellow Jackets’ opponent during their last sweep? Wake Forest, which has now lost five of its past six games against Georgia Tech, and six of its past seven league games this season.

“Obviously, it was a very tough week,” said Demon Deacons coach Jeff Bzdelik, whose team lost its second in a row by three points or less. “We just didn’t make those open shots and convert those opportunities at the rim. Once again, it came down to a timely stop and a timely shot, and we came up short.”

C.J. Harris and Travis McKie scored 15 points each for Wake Forest (11-14, 4-9), which overcame 29.2 percent shooting (14 of 48) and a three-point halftime deficit to lead by as many as five points midway through the second half.

“It was a hard fought, physical game,” Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory said. “We just made a couple more plays at the end; sometimes that’s what it takes.

“We both have young teams, guys make young mistakes out there. We made our share, they made their share. We’re just pleased with the win.”

Despite their shooting woes, the Demon Deacons led 56-53 on a McKie 3-pointer with 1:19 left. But Georges-Hunt hit a jumper with 1 minute left to pull the Yellow Jackets within a point.

“Early in the year, if we had been in a situation like this, we would’ve hurried and put up a quick shot,” said Georges-Hunt. “But as the season’s gone along, we’ve learned and understand the game more.”

After McKie missed an open 3-pointer with 30 seconds left, Georges-Hunt missed a driving dunk attempt that would have put Georgia Tech ahead. But Carter came down with the rebound and was fouled going up for a follow, setting up his game-winning free throws.

The Demon Deacons had one last shot, but Georges-Hunt knocked a crosscourt pass by Harris out of bounds with 2.2 seconds left. Devin Thomas, who had 12 rebounds and nine points for Wake Forest, then missed an 18-foot jumper at the buzzer.

“We had options for Travis cutting to the rim,” Bzdelik said. “Really, the play was designed for Aaron Roundtree to go to the rim, and they did a good job of covering everybody. There was one player left open ... and he had a good look at it. But we wanted to go to the rim.”

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