March 13, 2008
Sean Singletary scored 21 points and dished out eight assists, but it was not enough, as Georgia Tech topped Virginia, 94-76, in the first round of the ACC Tournament. The Cavaliers end their season at 15-15, while Georgia Tech advances to take on Duke in tomorrow's quarterfinals.
The contest was close until about eight minutes remaining in the game. The first half was close the whole way, as it featured three ties and 14 lead changes between the two teams. Georgia Tech went into the locker room up by just two points at halftime.
The second half started out back and forth as well. Virginia opened up a five point lead at 56-51, but the Yellow Jackets stormed back, going on a 25-8 run that closed the door on the Cavaliers. Alade Aminu's slam dunk put Georgia Tech up 76-64 with about five minutes to play, and Anthony Morrow hit a big three to put the Yellow Jackets up 88-70 with three minutes to go.
In addition to Singletary's 21 points, Mamadi Diane scored 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Georgia Tech had two seniors lead in Jeremis Smith and Anthony Morrow. Each of them scored 18 points and pulled down five rebounds, while smith added five assists. The Yellow Jackets shot 57 percent from the floor for the game.
Georgia Tech now advances to take on Duke in the ACC quarterfinals tomorrow night at 7:00. The Blue Devils topped the Jackets in the regular season, and have won 22 of their last 24 games.
In other ACC Tournament action, Florida State got 21 points from Jason Rich, as the ninth seeded Seminoles topped eighth seeded Wake Forest, 70-60. The advance to the quarterfinals, where top ranked North Carolina awaits.
NC State got 27 points and 13 rebounds from J.J. Hickson, but it was not enough to get by Miami, as the 12th seeded Wolfpack fell to the Hurricanes, 73-60. Miami, the fifth seed, will move on to face fourth seeded Virginia Tech tomorrow in the quarterfinals.
In the final game of the night, Boston College came from behind to pull off the upset of sixth seeded Maryland, 71-68. The Eagles will face third seeded Clemson tomorrow in the quarterfinals.
Click on the above video link to view highlights from Virginia's match up with Georgia Tech, and for a postgame report from Charlotte and CBS19's J.W. Stehle.