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Marcus Georges-Hunt lifts Georgia Tech over Notre Dame

by stan awtrey - sports@macon.com

Marcus Georges-Hunt hit a runner at the buzzer, and Georgia Tech stunned No. 19 Notre Dame 63-62 on Saturday.

The win improves Georgia Tech’s record to 15-12 and 5-9 in the ACC and kept its postseason hopes alive.

The Yellow Jackets had the ball with 17.6 seconds left and called timeout with 10.4 seconds remaining. The ball was inbounded to guard Adam Smith, who passed to Georges-Hunt on the right of the lane. He drove to the basket and put up a shot that seemed to hang on the rim before dropping through for the go-ahead points

Georges-Hunt scored 19 points and Charles Mitchell scored 14 to lead the Yellow Jackets.

Notre Dame (18-8, 9-5 ACC) had four players in double figures: forward Zach Auguste and forward V.J. Beachem with 13, Jackson with 12 and forward Bonzie Colson with 10.

THREE WHO MATTERED

Georges-Hunt: He shot 7-for-17 from the field, including the game-winner. The senior had seven assists and one steal and committed only one turnover while playing most of the game at point guard.

Mitchell: The senior forward was active in the post and scored 14, hitting 7-of-12 shots. Mitchell had six rebounds and only one turnover in 29 minutes.

Smith: The senior scored only nine points, all of them in the second half. His 3-pointer with 50 seconds left drew the Yellow Jackets to within a point and gave them a chance.

TURNING POINT

Notre Dame couldn’t score late in the game. The Irish led by six with 4:42 remaining and tacked on just one basket from that point. A driving basket by Georges-Hunt, a 3-pointer by Smith and the winning score by Georges-Hunt made for one of the most exciting finishes at McCamish Pavilion that ended up with the Yellow Jackets on to

OBSERVATIONS

Sticking with success: Georgia Tech started the same five it did Wednesday when it beat Florida State – guards Georges-Hunt and Smith and forwards Quinton Stephens, Mitchell and Nick Jacobs. Ben Lammers and James White were the first substitutes at 14:26.

Non-traditional approach: Georgia Tech played most of the game without one of its two traditional point guards. Travis Jorgenson entered the game for one play in the first half, and Josh Heath, who did not play against Florida State, entered the game with15:23 left in the second half. Heath played a total of five minutes

WORTH MENTIONING

1,000-point man: With his first bucket of the night, Mitchell reached the 1,000-point mark for his career. The first 418 came during the two seasons he spent at Maryland before transferring to Georgia Tech.

Good first half: Georgia Tech led at halftime for the eighth time in 14 ACC games

Second-half revival: Smith had no points at halftime and missed his first seven shots. He finished with nine points thanks to a pair of treys and three free throws

THEY SAID IT

Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory on the winning play: "It was a great play by Marcus. He's made a lot of game-winning shots for us. He doesn't bat an eye when you call his number."

Gregory on the final four minutes: "Our execution on the last four possessions was tremendous. Plus we got four straight stops defensively that were big."

Georges-Hunt on the winning basket: "I got the one that counted the most."

WHAT’S NEXT?

Georgia Tech hosts Clemson on Tuesday.

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