Originally created 03/03/05

Wake Forest beats Georgia Tech



WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Georgia Tech kept the Wake Forest fans quiet as long as they could. With a minute to go, though, the chant began.

"N-I-T. N-I-T."

The Yellow Jackets' postseason tournament destination won't be determined for another 11 days, but their qualifications took another hit Wednesday.

The Jackets blew an 11-point lead in the second half to lose to Wake Forest, 98-91, before a rowdy, sellout crowd at Lawrence Joel Coliseum.

"It was right there for us to have," guard B.J. Elder said. "We just fell short."

The loss drops Georgia Tech's record to 16-10 overall and 7-8 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Georgia Tech needs a win in its regular-season finale Saturday against Clemson to finish .500 in the league.

The Yellow Jackets played arguably their best 25 minutes of the ACC season to start the game. They led 55-45 coming out of a timeout with 15 minutes, 33 seconds left.

Wake scored nine unanswered points to close the deficit, and then scored on its final 11 possessions to seal the victory.

"We had it right in our hands," guard Jarrett Jack said. "They had a little run and it was tough for us to come back."

The Demons Deacons' Vytas Danelius and center Eric Williams made sure their team would finish with a perfect 15-0 home record. Danelius and Williams combined for 12 points in Wake's final 11-possession span.

Jack scored a game-high 23 points to lead Georgia Tech.

As impressive as they were, foul trouble limited Elder and Schenscher. Elder picked up his third foul less than three minutes into the second half while Schenscher picked up his third and fourth fouls in a two-minute span late in the game. Wake Forest capitalized on taking 29 more foul shots than Georgia Tech and outscored them 35-16 at the line.

The foul situation infuriated coach Paul Hewitt. When asked about it in the postgame press conference, he bit his lip and said, "Next question."

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