Dec 19, 2001
By JENNA FRYER
AP Sports Writer
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Tony Akins scored 25 points – shooting a perfect 5-for-5 from 3-point range – to lead Georgia Tech to an 83-69 win over Davidson on Wednesday night.
Marvin Lewis added 14 for the Yellow Jackets (5-5), who needed a strong second half to prevent being the second ACC team to fall to Davidson (5-4) this year.
Davidson, of the Southern Conference, beat North Carolina in November and gets another shot at an ACC school next month when they play No. 1 Duke at the Charlotte Coliseum.
The Wildcats kept it close against Georgia Tech, which only led 32-31 at halftime. But Halston Lane and Akins opened the second half with consecutive 3-pointers to give the Yellow Jackets a 38-31 lead.
Davidson hung with them, though, taking the lead three separate times – lastly on Emeka Erege’s jumper that put the Wildcats up 47-46 with 12:54 to play.
But Georgia Tech’s constant press got to be too much for Davidson after that. The Wildcats went without a basket for 5:04 seconds, scoring their only four points of the stretch on free throws.
Georgia Tech hit five free throws during the stretch, then got another pair of 3-pointers from Lane and Akins to go up 64-52 with 6:41 left.
Davidson finally snapped its drought on a layup by Erege with 5:04 to go and even cut the score to 71-64 on Peter Anderer’s 3-pointer.
That was the closest the Wildcats got as Georgia Tech outrebounded them 54-36 while forcing them into 14 turnovers.
Davidson also suffered in its 3-point shooting, making just 5-of-23 attempts.
Wayne Bernard led Davidson with 16 points while Michael Bree added 15 and Erege had 14.