March 7, 2009
BOSTON (AP) — Rakim Sanders hit an off-balance, 15-foot fallaway jumper from the right baseline with 1.7 seconds left to lift Boston College to a 67-66 win over Georgia Tech on Saturday.
Sanders finished with 19 points and Tyrese Rice had 17 for the Eagles (21-10, 9-7 Atlantic Coast Conference), who have won for just the third time in seven games.
The Yellow Jackets (11-18, 2-14) had taken a one-point lead with 12.4 seconds to play when Lewis Clinch hit two free throws after Sanders was called for a reach-in foul, attempting to tie him up for a jump ball 20 feet from the basket.
After Clinch hit his two free throws, BC inbounded the ball to Rice, who raced it up the court before calling time-out in front of his own bench.
Following a pair of BC timeouts, Sanders took the ball at the top of the key, cut to hit left and nailed the tough shot.
The loss leaves Tech waiting for Sunday’s games between Clemson and Wake Forest and Virginia Tech and Florida State to determine its opponent in the first round of the ACC Tournament next Thursday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The Yellow Jackets will face either Boston College or Clemson at 2:30 p.m.