Feb. 6, 2007
ATLANTA (AP) -Javaris Crittenton scored 21 points, including 8 points in an 18-0 run in the second half, and Georgia Tech rallied from an early 15-point deficit to beat North Carolina State 74-65 on Tuesday night.
Georgia Tech forced 18 turnovers, including 11 in the second half when its defense sparked the decisive run. Crittenton, a freshman, helped force N.C. State senior Engin Astur into six turnovers and 1-for-9 shooting from the field.
Georgia Tech held the Wolfpack scoreless for almost 8 minutes and without a field goal for more than 11 minutes as it turned a 56-45 deficit into a 63-56 lead.
Gavin Grant and Brandon Costner each scored 17 points for N.C. State. Ben McCauley added 16 and Courtney Fells had 13.
Georgia Tech (15-8 overall, 4-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) moved past N.C. State (13-9, 3-6) in the ACC standings.
The Wolfpack, riding the momentum created by back-to-back wins last week over then-No. 16 Virginia Tech and No. 3 North Carolina, raced to an early 17-2 lead. N.C. State’s first two baskets came on 3-pointers from Grant and Fells, but it then directed its attack inside at McCauley.
N.C. State led 35-21 with 4:10 left in the first half. Georgia Tech finished the half strong, with Crittenton sinking an unlikely 3-pointer from about 70 feet as the buzzer sounded to end the half. Crittenton launched the shot from just inside the 3-point line on N.C. State’s end of the court, cutting the Wolfpack’s lead to 43-35.
Georgia Tech stretched its defense when possible throughout the game, but the pressure only became a factor for an extended period of time midway through the second half.
N.C. State led 56-45 before the Yellow Jackets’ defense sparked the 18-0 run that gave them their first lead.
N.C. State went almost 8 minutes without scoring following a field goal by McCauley with 14:15 left. Costner ended the run with two free throws with 6:34 left but the Wolfpack didn’t end its field-goal drought until McCauley scored with 3 minutes left.