Jan. 25, 2015
ATLANTA (AP) – Marcus Georges-Hunt scored 20 points, but Boston College held off Georgia Tech 64-62 on Sunday.
Olivier Hanlan scored 25 points, including a go-ahead basket with 1:10 remaining for Boston College (9-9, 1-5 Atlantic Coast Conference). Patrick Heckmann added 12 points.
The loss left Georgia Tech (9-10, 0-7) winless in the ACC. Of the Yellow Jackets’ seven straight conference losses, six have been by no more than seven points.
Georges-Hunt hit two free throws with 1:26 remaining to give Georgia Tech its first tie of the second half. Hanlan quickly answered with a basket to give Boston College the lead. Heckmann pushed the lead to four points with two free throws with 27 seconds remaining.
Boston College became the second ACC team to have its only conference win come against Georgia Tech. Wake Forest beat the Yellow Jackets on Jan. 10 and hasn’t won another league game.
Quinton Stephens, who had 17 points for Georgia Tech, sank a 3-pointer with 4.5 seconds remaining cut the lead to one point.
Aaron Brown, who had 11 points, made one of two free throws with 3.8 seconds remaining. Georgia Tech couldn’t get off another shot before the final buzzer.
Georgia Tech was coming off a 57-28 loss at No. 2 Virginia on Thursday night. Its scoring woes seemed to carry over into the opening minutes against the Eagles.
Boston College also started cold. The teams combined to make only 2 of 18 shots in the first six minutes.
The Yellow Jackets led 14-7 before Virginia had back-to-back 3-pointers from Hanlan and Brown to launch a 12-0 run. Chris Bolden answered with two straight 3s and eight consecutive points for Georgia Tech.
Boston College led 26-24 at the break and, bolstered by Hanlan’s drives, stretched the lead to seven points in the first five minutes of the second half.
Boston College: Hanlan has scored in double figures in 12 straight games and 17 of 18. He made four of five 3-pointers.
After a 5-1 record in December, the Eagles are 2-5 in January.
Only three Yellow Jackets – Georges-Hunt, Bolden and Stephens – scored in the first half. Other players were a combined 0 for 8 from the field.
Georgia Tech claimed a 35-27 advantage in rebounds. Georges-Hunt and Robert Sampson each had nine rebounds.
Up next Georgia Tech plays at Miami on Wednesday.