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Akins' Perfect Night Carries Jackets Past Davidson, 83-69

Dec 19, 2001

Box Score

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.

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