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March 3, 2012
Morris leads Georgia Tech past Wake Forest 69-62
Jason Morris scored a career-high 22 points, and Georgia Tech made a season-high 11 3-point shots Saturday on the way to a 69-62 win over Wake Forest in the regular season finale for both teams.ATLANTA (AP)-
The Yellow Jackets (11-19, 4-12 Atlantic Coast Conference) entered the game making just 22.4 percent of their 3-pointers in Philips Arena-their home court while Georgia Tech's on-campus arena is being renovated.
The Yellow Jackets made 8-of-17 from beyond the arc on their way to a 32-28 halftime lead. But after Wake Forest (13-17, 4-12) took the lead a couple times in the second half, Morris pushed Georgia Tech ahead 49-48 on a 3-pointer with 9:13 left in the game.
Georgia Tech, which never trailed again, made 11-of-26 3-pointers overall.
C.J. Harris led the Demon Deacons with 17 points, and Travis McKie added 16. Mfon Udofia scored 15 points for Georgia Tech.
Georgia Tech began the game with a long ball by senior Nick Foreman, however, and Morris made all three of his 3-point attempts and point guard Mfon Udofia hit 3-of-4 in the first half.
The Demon Deacons opened the second half with a 12-4 run to take a 40-36 lead, and Georgia Tech missed its first four 3-point attempts after intermission.
The Yellow Jackets wrestled the lead back on a fastbreak dunk by center Daniel Miller, 44-43, only to see Wake Forest forge back ahead moments later on a three-point play by guard Travis McKie.
But Georgia Tech regained the lead when Derek Craig -who made his only career start for the Yellow Jackets-added a 3-pointer to expand their margin to 52-48 with 8:31 remaining.
Craig, who had played just 33 minutes all season prior to Saturday, finished with five points, two assists and a steal in a career-high 13 minutes. His other basket came in the first half, which gave Georgia Tech the lead at the time.
McKie's 3-pointer pulled Wake to within one point, 52-51, but the Yellow Jackets pulled steadily away from there.
Udofia scored 15 points and had five assists for Georgia Tech.
Miller went scoreless with one rebound in the first half for the Yellow Jackets while playing just four minutes due to foul trouble. But he added 11 points and four rebounds in the second half.