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Georges-Hunt and Smith combine for 51 as Yellow Jackets rally to reach quarterfinals
WASHINGTON (AP) - Marcus Georges-Hunt and Georgia Tech erased an 18-point second-half deficit to beat Clemson 88-85 in overtime on Wednesday in the second round of the ACC Tournament to keep its faint NCAA hopes alive for at least another day.
Georges-Hunt went 15 for 16 from the free throw line and scored 28 points as the Yellow Jackets took advantage of a Tigers team that went cold and couldn't get a grip back on the game. Georgia Tech (19-13) will face No. 4 Virginia in the quarterfinals Thursday.
Adam Smith had 23 points and Nick Jacobs added 12 for the Yellow Jackets.
Georgia Tech beat Virginia in their only meeting, 68-64 at home Jan. 9.
All ACC first-teamer Jaron Blossomgame led Clemson (17-14) with 22 points before fouling out, and Avry Holmes added 19.
The back-and-forth first half featured six lead changes but ended with Clemson up by nine. The Tigers expanded their lead to 18 with 3-pointers by Gabe DeVoe, Holmes and Ty Hudson with 9:25 left.
Then it all fell apart. Georgia Tech put the ball in Georges-Hunt's hands, and he made the most of it. The senior guard scored 22 points in the second half, including 13 from the free throw line.
Fouled on the floor with 12.9 seconds left, Georges-Hunt hit his free throws to tie the score at 80. Holmes missed his desperate attempt from the baseline at the buzzer as the game went to overtime.
When James White scored 18 seconds into overtime, it was Georgia Tech's first lead since 23-20 midway through the first half. It never gave up the lead again, as Georges-Hunt hit two more free throws and DeVoe's 3-point attempt hit the side of the backboard with 1.7 seconds left.
Georgia Tech: Eighteen of 19 ACC games were decided by single digits, except an earlier loss to Clemson. ... The Yellow Jackets have won six of their past seven, all of which were decided by six points or less.
Clemson: Holmes had his streak of consecutive games with a steal snapped at 15. ... Senior F Josh Smith played with a face mask as a result of a nose injury.
Georgia Tech: Faces fourth-ranked Virginia in the quarterfinals Thursday.