ATLANTA (Dec. 18, AP) – Jason Floyd, Jason Collier and Tony Akins each hit a pair of free throws in the final 43.9 seconds as Georgia Tech avoided Morehead State’s upset bid with a 81-75 win Saturday night.
After Shaun Fein hit a 15-foot baseline jumper for a 73-58 lead with 5:17 remaining, Tech failed to score another field goal.
Morehead State closed within two points twice inside the final minute, but following Greg Hendricks layup with 31.6 seconds to play, the Eagles missed their last two shots.
The Jackets (4-4) allowed Morehead State to score 13 unanswered points after the Eagles’ Jeremy Webb’s inside jump shot with 4:10 to play.
Collier led Tech with 18 points, and Fein finished with 17 by going 5-for-7 on 3-point attempts.
Tech outrebounded Morehead State 37-21 but got only five from 6-foot-11 center Alvin Jones, who scored only 2 points and went 1-for-1 from the field.
The 7-foot Collier finished with six rebounds but only one in the second half.
The Jackets led in turnovers 15-11 with Collier committing each of his four in the second half.
Tech took its first 20-point lead at the 5:25 mark of the first half on T.J. Vines’ fastbreak lay-up.
In the second half, the Jackets took three leads of 22 points _ the final coming at 63-41 on a roll-in basket by freshman Clarence Moore.
Morehead (4-4) was led by Brad Cleaver, who had 26 points. Brett Bohanon scored 14 points off the bench.
Inside the final two minutes, the Eagles made three consecutive steals and scored either a pair of free throws or a layup.