Georgia beats cold-shooting Wake Forest, 72-50
ATHENS, Ga. (AP)—Wake Forest’s mini-tour of the SEC ended with a thud.
Georgia took the lead with a 15-0 run in the first half and overcame 26 turnovers to beat Wake Forest 72-50 on Saturday, giving the Bulldogs wins over the Demon Deacons for the second straight year.
Wake Forest (5-3) suffered its second straight road loss to a Southeastern Conference team, following an 83-80 defeat at Vanderbilt on Wednesday. Wake Forest has lost three of four.
The lopsided score was a surprise, especially considering Georgia needed a late comeback to beat Division II Augusta State 81-74 in its most recent game on Monday.
Terrance Woodbury scored a season-high 15 points for Georgia (6-1), which also had 15 from Sundiata Gaines. Freshman Jeremy Price and Billy Humphrey each added 10 points.
Georgia, which won at Wake Forest 87-86 on Dec. 2, 2006, set a season high for turnovers and battled foul trouble, but it overcome those problems with superior shooting.
Georgia shot 52.7 percent from he field, compared to only 30.8 percent for Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons made only 4 of 21 3-point attempts (19 percent).
Ishmael Smith led Wake Forest with 14 points. James Johnson had 12 points and 11 rebounds for his fourth straight double-double.
Georgia led 34-29 at halftime despite 18 turnovers.
The Bulldogs trailed 12-9 early before taking control with 15 straight points.
Albert Jackson, a sophomore forward making his season debut after a six-game suspension for academic reasons, scored on a jam to start the 15-0 run. Woodbury added six straight points for a 24-12 lead.
Wake Forest closed the half with 8 straight points, and Johnson opened the second half with a basket to cut the Georgia lead to 34-31. Following an inside basket by Jackson, Woodbury hit a 3-pointer and added a three-point play for a 42-31 lead.
Georgia kept the lead in double figures the rest of the game.