CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Georgia Tech cut it to a two-point game with less than a minute to play, but could not pull out a victory at Miami, falling 64-58 in the Watsco Center on Sunday. Three Yellow Jackets finished in double-figures led by Cameron Swartz with 19 points on the day.
It was a highly competitive first half with Miami (15-8, 8-4 ACC) holding the lead the majority of the opening 20 minutes. The Hurricanes stretched their lead out to as many as 10 points early in the second quarter following a triple from Hanna Cavinder, but the Yellow Jackets came out of the media break with a mission and slowly chipped away at their deficit. Over the final four minutes and 52 seconds of the half, Tech put together a 13-4 run, fueled by five points from Nerea Hermosa and a triple at the buzzer from Tonie Morgan to setup a 30-29 halftime Miami lead.
Kara Dunn opened the third quarter draining a three-pointer to put Tech on top, 32-30, but the teams traded buckets back-and-forth and stood knotted at 36-36 with 5:17 to play. Miami retook a five-point lead, but Swartz converted a four-point play to bring the Jackets within 41-40 with 3:53 on the clock. The Hurricanes would continue to hold a steady lead through the fourth quarter, leading 58-52 with 3:58 to play before Swartz closed the gap to 58-56 as time wound down to 54.2 seconds left to play. Jasmyne Roberts converted a layup and Cavinder connected on four three throws to setup a 64-56 Miami advantage, and Swartz hit 2-of-3 from the charity stripe to account for the final score.
Cameron Swartz led Georgia Tech with 19 points, hitting four field goals and converting 8-of-10 free throw attempts. Photo courtesy of Miami Athletics
Swartz led the Jackets with 19 points, followed by Kayla Blackshear with 12 and Morgan with 10. Hermosa followed with nine. Georgia Tech scored 17 points off 17 Miami turnovers, but the Hurricanes dominated the glass, winning the battle, 51-25. Roberts and Cavinder led Miami with 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Georgia Tech continues this road swing with a visit to Clemson on Thursday, Feb. 9. Tip is slated for 8 p.m. on RSN in Littlejohn Coliseum.
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