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Georgia Tech 63, Virginia 54

ATLANTA (AP) -- Jeremis Smith scored a career-high 17 points and
just missed another double-double, leading Georgia Tech past
Virginia 63-54 in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener Sunday.

The sophomore forward grabbed 9 rebounds in a strong follow-up
to his 14-point, 10-rebound performance at Michigan State four
nights earlier.

Georgia Tech (3-2, 1-0 ACC) snapped a two-game losing streak
against the cold-shooting Cavaliers, who hit less than 28 percent
from the field. Virginia (3-2, 0-1) missed 14 of its first 15
shots, went 0-of-13 from 3-point range and trailed the entire game.

The Yellow Jackets led 29-17 at halftime and pushed the margin
to 18 points early in the second half. The Cavaliers closed to four
a couple of times late in the game, but Georgia Tech sealed the
victory at the foul line.

Smith, Zam Fredrick, Anthony Morrow and D'Andre Bell combined to
make 9 of 10 free throws in the final two minutes. Up to that
point, the Yellow Jackets were 9 of 17 from the stripe.

Morrow scored 13 points while Fredrick and Ra'Sean Dickey added
11 apiece.

Jason Cain led Virginia with 15 points and 11 rebounds, but it
wasn't nearly enough to overcome a dismal night by point guard Sean
Singletary. The sophomore managed just 10 points -- nine below his
average -- on 3-of-23 shooting from the field. He missed all five of
his 3-pointers and compounded his woes with more turnovers (4) than
assists (3).

The Cavaliers' other starting guard, J.R. Reynolds, struggled as
well. He was 1-of-7 shooting, going 0-for-4 outside the arc, and
turned the ball over six times.

Virginia did stand out in one category, outrebounding the Yellow
Jackets 52-41. Of course, all those misses gave the Cavaliers
plenty of chances to crash the offensive boards, which accounted
for more than half (28) of their total rebounds.

Mamadi Diane added 14 for Virginia, which lost its ACC opener
for the 11th year in a row. The Cavaliers haven't started 1-0 in
conference play since an 81-75 victory at Florida State in 1995.