Tech shocks Hurricanes in Miami

Jon Barash

In a game that Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory described as “a game nobody expected us to win”, the Yellow Jackets picked up their biggest win in recent memory, stunning the Miami Hurricanes 71-69 in Coral Gables Wednesday night. Freshman Marcus Georges-Hunt tipped in his own missed layup at the buzzer to put the Jackets over the sixth-ranked Hurricanes, shocking the college basketball world. The victory was Tech’s first over a top-25 team since March of 2010.

Georges-Hunt, who entered the game as the team’s leading scorer, was held in check scoring-wise, limited to just four points on 2-for-7 shooting. He did, however, contribute six rebounds, six assists and the buzzer-beating tip-in.  Another freshman, Chris Bolden, led the scoring effort with 21 points, while Daniel Miller added 17 and Robert Carter Jr. contributed 12 points. As a team, the Jackets hit eight three-pointers, with Bolden knocking down four.

Despite trailing by 11 at halftime, the Jackets never let the Hurricanes put them away, opening the door for a stunning rally. Bolden completed the comeback by giving the Jackets the lead on a fast-break layup with 3:38 to play. After the Hurricanes regained the lead, a basket by Miller tied the game at 69 with just over two minutes left. 

Miami, who was looking to clinch a regular-season ACC title with a win, will have to put their celebration on hold as they surrendered a 13-point second half lead en route to their sixth loss of the season and their third conference loss. The defeat also may end their aspirations for a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament and will likely need a tournament title in order to secure either a two- or three-seed. Kenny Kadji led the Hurricanes with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Durand Scott added 17 points. Miami can still clinch the outright ACC title at home against Clemson on Saturday night.

The freshmen have really been the story all season long for the Jackets and despite a sub-par season, Bolden, Georges-Hunt, and Carter have given Jackets’ fans a reason to be excited about the future. The Jackets are tied with Boston College for the eighth spot in the conference standings, with the two teams facing off on Saturday night. The two teams are also almost assuredly first-round opponents in the ACC Tournament, which gets underway on March 14. Miami has a first-round bye and is the likely No. 1 seed.

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