Georgia Tech tops Wake Forest, 79-70

Down to seven scholarship players and against a team that had only lost once at home this season, Georgia Tech pulled out its most unlikely win of the season.

The Yellow Jackets pulled out a 79-70 win over Wake Forest Saturday, holding off the Demon Deacons’ second-half comeback attempt with grit and poise that has often been lacking this season.

They did it despite its thinnest bench this season. Tech started the game without four scholarship players – Robert Carter, Travis Jorgenson, Jason Morris, and Solomon Poole – and then lost leading scorer Trae Golden early in the first half with a groin injury.

Tech (12-10 overall, 3-6 ACC) went the rest of the way with its seven remaining scholarship players and walk-on Ron Wamer, who until Saturday had played seven minutes of mop-up duty this season. Wake (14-8, 4-5) had won 12 of 13 games at Joel Coliseum this season prior to Saturday.

Tech has often faltered with the lead, but held on Saturday. Up 13 early in the second half, the Jackets saw their lead dwindle to 69-64 with 3:16 to go, but held on with strong defense. Wake Forest did not score again until 56 seconds remained, by which point Tech led 73-64.

The Jackets were led by forward Marcus Georges-Hunt, who piled up 23 points and now has scored 53 points in his past three games. Center Daniel Miller had 16 points with 14 rebounds, including seven on the offensive end.

Tech has now won six of its past seven games against Wake Forest.