Jackets Fall to LSU, 59-50

Nov. 20, 2011

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – Georgia Tech (3-2) got as close as 50-49, but couldn’t convert to a lead and the Jackets fell to the Tigers, 59-50, at the Charleston Classic on Sunday.

Anthony Hickey scored 20 points to lead LSU to victory and fifth place at the Charleston Classic on Sunday.

“Yeah, it was tough out there,” Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory said.

The Yellow Jackets led 43-41 on Kammeon Holsey’s jumper, their first lead of the second half. That’s when Hickey struck for a go-ahead 3-pointer. Ralston Turner and Andre Stringer followed with 3-pointers to go out in front 50-46.

Mfon Udofia’s third and final 3 drew Georgia Tech within 50-49 with 3:15 to go. That turned out as closes as the Yellow Jackets would get.

Justin Hamilton, LSU’s 7-foot junior, had a pair of foul shots and a basket to extend the lead. Turner and Stringer combined for five foul shots down the stretch for the final margin.

LSU shot just 32.8 percent (21 of 64) and still came out ahead. Turner and Hamilton were each 3 of 12 from the field. Senior Storm Warren missed all 11 shots.

LSU’s defense got to the Yellow Jackets, who finished with 23 turnovers. The Tigers had nine steals.

Stringer had 11 points while Hamilton finished with eight points and nine rebounds.

Udofia had 14 points to lead Georgia Tech, while Glen Rice Jr. had 11 points, but just four of those in the second half.

Tech returns to action at 7 p.m. Wednesday against Siena at the Arena at Gwinnett. Tickets are $10 at the door.