|Georgia Tech coach Bobby Cremins watches the action during the first half of their game against Florida State in the opening round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, Thursday, March 9, 2000 in Charlotte. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)|
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) (Mar. 9) – Bobby Cremins’ coaching career at Georgia Tech ended with a quick departure at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament Thursday night.
After 19 seasons with the Yellow Jackets, the white-haired Cremins came up one point short in his final game as Florida State beat Georgia Tech 63-62 in a first round game.
Cremins did a short television interview after the game and then ran off the court to cheers from the crowd, finishing with a record of 354-237 at the Atlanta school.
Ron Hale scored 21 points one game after getting zero in the regular-season finale, sinking a pair of free throws with 7.1 seconds left that proved to be the game winners.
Hale’s miserable Senior Day was his first scoreless outing in 67 games as the seventh-seeded Seminoles (12-16) will take on second-seeded Maryland on Friday.
|Georgia Tech guard Alvin Jones (4) shoots over Justin Mott of Florida State in the first half during the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament Thursday, March 9, 2000 in Charlotte. (AP Photo/Bob Jordan)|
Jason Collier led the eighth-seeded Yellow Jackets (13-17), which shot 42 percent and missed 12 of 18 free throws, with 19 points.
The Yellow Jackets trailed by two at the half, but fell behind by as many as nine midway through the second period before going on a 7-0 run to close to 53-52 with 3:26 on a slam dunk by Alvin Jones.
But Hale sank a 3-pointer 23 seconds later, and after a hook shot by Collier, Delvon Arrington made a pair of free throws to push the Florida State lead to four.
Georgia Tech had a chance to tie it with 17 seconds left, but Collier’s baseline hook shot bounced off the rim and Antwuan Dixon and Hale each made two free throws as the Yellow Jackets lost their fifth straight ACC tourney game under the 52-year-old Cremins.
Neither team led by more than seven points in a poorly-played first half.
The Yellow Jackets started 2-for-15 from the field, including a stretch of nine straight misses from 3-point range.
Meanwhile, the Seminoles began 5-for-20 and went almost nine minutes during one portion of the half with just one field goal.
Georgia Tech, last in ACC games from the foul line, missed 11 of 16 free throws in the opening 20 minutes to trail 25-23 at the half. The Seminoles weren’t much better, missing five of their 11 attempts.
GEORGIA TECH (13-17)
Floyd 2-9 0-1 5, Collier 8-14 1-6 19, Jones 4-5 4-8 12, Akins 4-14 0-0 11, Fein 4-9 1-3 12, Babul 0-0 0-0 0, Vines 1-4 0-0 3, Moore 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-55 6-18 62.
FLORIDA ST. (12-16)
Dam. Anderson 2-9 3-4 8, Simmons 6-11 2-3 14, Mott 0-2 0-0 0, Arrington 2-10 7-8 11, Hale 7-11 5-6 21, Tucker 0-1 2-4 2, N. Dixon 1-1 0-0 2, A. Dixon 1-4 3-4 5, Dav. Anderson 0-1 0-1 0, Chlebek 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 19-51 22-30 63.
Halftime-Florida St. 25, Georgia Tech 23. 3-Point goals-Georgia Tech 10-29 (Floyd 1-6, Collier 2-4, Akins 3-10, Fein 3-6, Vines 1-3), Florida St. 3-11 (Dam. Anderson 1-3, Simmons 0-1, Arrington 0-3, Hale 2-2, A. Dixon 0-1, Chlebek 0-1). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Georgia Tech 29 (Collier 11), Florida St. 44 (Dam. Anderson, Hale 7). Assists-Georgia Tech 16 (Akins 6), Florida St. 11 (Arrington 5). Total fouls-Georgia Tech 22, Florida St. 19. A-NA.