Jackets win with Georges-Hunt’s buzzer-beating 3
by Charles Odum
Associated Press Sports Writer
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With top scorer Trae Golden sidelined, Georgia Tech needed someone to step up in Thursday’s game with Boston College, and the Yellow Jackets got it from Marcus Georges-Hunt, above, and his game-winner.
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With top scorer Trae Golden sidelined, Georgia Tech needed someone to step up in Thursday’s game with Boston College, and the Yellow Jackets got it from Marcus Georges-Hunt, above, and his game-winner.
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ATLANTA — With top scorer Trae Golden sitting out with a groin injury, Georgia Tech turned to Marcus Georges-Hunt to take the game-winning shot.

No problem. Georges-Hunt said he has made the shot many times — in practice.

Georges-Hunt scored 15 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 0.7 seconds remaining, and Georgia Tech beat Boston College 74-71 on Thursday.

Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory said he drew up the play usually designed for Golden in a timeout.

“Coach told me to relax,” Georges-Hunt said. “I was already relaxed.”

Olivier Hanlan led Boston College with 21 points, including a jumper with 3 seconds remaining to give the Eagles a 71-70 lead.

Georges-Hunt took the inbounds pass, dribbled toward the right wing and launched the go-ahead 3-pointer over Lonnie Jackson, who was called for a foul.

“I tried to contest the shot, and he made it,” Jackson said. “I don’t know if I even touched him. ... He just made an incredible shot.”

Georges-Hunt also sank the free throw.

“He was very coachable,” Gregory said of Georges-Hunt. “I told him to make it and he did.”

It was Georges-Hunt’s second go-ahead basket in the final 20 seconds. His layup with 19 seconds remaining gave Georgia Tech a 70-69 lead.

Daniel Miller led Georgia Tech (13-12, 4-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) with 18 points as the Yellow Jackets completed a sweep of their two-game season series with the Eagles. Kammeon Holsey had 15.

The Yellow Jackets snapped a two-game losing streak.

“The guys kept fighting,” Gregory said. “The guys stuck together and we made the plays in the last 8 minutes that we needed to make to win the game.”

Ryan Anderson had 13 points for Boston College (6-18, 2-9), which has lost four straight and seven of eight.

“That’s the third or fourth game that came down to the last possession that we came out on the short end,” said Boston College coach Steve Donahue.

The Eagles lost despite making nine of 17 3-pointers and shooting 50.9 percent from the field overall.

The game was scheduled for Wednesday night and postponed due to the winter storm which covered Atlanta in snow and ice. Georgia Tech’s classes were called off Wednesday and Thursday.

“It really helped out,” Georges-Hunt said. “I got to relax some. No school, so that’s a plus. We had a lot of walk-throughs.”

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