CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- Jarrett Jack scored 21 points,
including eight in a row to launch a second-half run that gave his
team the lead for good, and Georgia Tech rallied past Miami 76-72
Will Bynum went 7-for-7 from the line in the final 2½ minutes,
sinking three straight to put Georgia Tech ahead to stay. Jack
clinched the win by hitting two free throws with 8 seconds left.
The Yellow Jackets (16-9, 7-7 Atlantic Coast Conference), who
lost in the NCAA tournament championship game last season, needed
the comeback to help their chances of earning a berth this season.
The Hurricanes (16-10, 7-8) likely must win their final
regular-season game Thursday at No. 7 Duke to receive an at-large
Georgia Tech trailed 59-51 with 8 minutes left and responded by
running off 12 consecutive points, with Jack scoring the first
eight. Jeremis Smith sank a follow to put the Yellow Jackets ahead
After Miami's Robert Hite tied the game with a follow, Bynum
sank three free throws, and Jack's 3-pointer made the score 69-63.
The Hurricanes missed four consecutive free throws down the
stretch, including the front end of two one-and-ones, and they made
only three field goals in the final 9 minutes. When a layup attempt
by Guillermo Diaz rolled out as he was fouled with 35 seconds left,
he pounded the floor with his fist in frustration.
Diaz had 24 points and four steals but also six turnovers. Hite
went 0-for-6 in the first half but finished with 20 points.
For teammate William Frisby, the day wasn't a complete loss.
Immediately after his final home game, the senior asked his
girlfriend to marry him, and she said yes.
B.J. Elder scored 15 points for the Yellow Jackets. Ra'Sean
Dickey and Anthony Morrow added 12 each.
Stymied at the start by a Miami zone, Georgia Tech missed 11 of
its first 13 shots and trailed 20-10 after 11½ minutes. Morrow came
off the bench to sink four 3-pointers in a span of just over three
minutes to put the Yellow Jackets ahead 24-23.
Georgia Tech sank consecutive layups off turnovers to lead
31-28, but a follow by Diaz with one second left in the first half
put Miami ahead 33-31. Hite scored eight consecutive points to put
the Hurricanes ahead 43-34.