The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (11-12, 2-9 ACC) have a way of smacking teams when they come to the basketball court with frustration and revenge on their minds.
Wake Forest (11-13, 3-8 ACC) was a team that the Jackets needed to exact revenge on. A team that could be used as a punching bag for at least one afternoon, and Tech did that by getting a 73-59 home blowout in McCamish Pavilion Saturday afternoon.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
The Yellow Jackets showed up in every category they needed to in order to get this victory.
Tech was outrebounded by Wake Forest in the January matchup, but flipped the script this Saturday afternoon with a 41-33 rebounding edge.
The Jackets also knocked down 9 of 20 treys and shot 45.8% overall in the game.
Georgia Tech showed early that they meant business by opening up a 16-6 lead to start off the first half.
Even when the Demon Deacons made a run to get within four points of the Tech lead at 19-15, the Jackets were able to hold them at arms length, closing the first half out on a 15-7 run to go in the locker room with a 34-22 lead.
Feb 7, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Wake Forest Demon Deacons forward Cornelius Hudson (25) shoots the ball against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the first half at McCamish Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
The Jackets dominated the opening of the second half with a 15-5 run to take a 49-27 lead.
From there Georgia Tech played the game out, never letting Wake Forest get back in contention.
Marcus Georges-Hunt finished with 13 points on 5 of 8 shooting from the floor to go along with five rebounds.
Chris Bolden brought his hot hand with him logging 14 points knocking down 4 of 7 from three-point land, and Charles Mitchell put in some serious work off the bench with 15 points and six rebounds down in the block.
In Winston-Salem Devin Thomas got off for 17 points and 14 rebounds. This time around in McCamish, Tech held Thomas in check, holding him to a mere six points and five rebounds.
Wake Forest was led this time around by Cornelius Hudson who had 19 points, and Dino Mitogolou who finished with 15 points and six boards.
Georgia Tech defensively stifled Wake Forest offense allowing only 29.7% shooting overall and 26.9% from three-point land.
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Winning in blowout fashion is cool and all for Brian Gregory’s bunch, but you can bet that Coach Gregory would love to see his team take home a win in one of these grinder games that they have fallen short in time and time again.
A win in a tight game is the kind of win that could build some serious momentum for the Jackets.
Next up for Georgia Tech is a quick turnaround game on Monday in Blacksburg, Va against the Virginia Tech Hokies.