Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tech Escapes Bulldogs 62-21 Jackets Win in Final Minutes

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tech Escapes Bulldogs 62-21 Jackets Win in Final Minutes

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ATLANTA -- After drowning in "The Tub" last year, Georgia Tech

used the home-court advantage of its "Thrillerdome" to pull out

a heartstopping 62-61 victory over archrival Georgia Tuesday

night.

The Yellow Jackets (4-0), responding to the deafening

exhortations of 9,880 fans, overcame an 11-point deficit in the

final 4:51 to avenge last year's 24point loss in Athens and win

for the ninth time in the last 12 meetings.

Georgia (3-1) held the ball for the final 1:04, but couldn't

work the ball inside for a good shot against Tech's tightly

packed 2-3 zone defense. Ray Harrison missed from the top of the

key with 11 seconds left, and Jon Nordin's Hail Mary heave from

24 feet at the buzzer never had a chance.

"When Georgia and Georgia Tech get together, wild things

happen, and this was certainly a wild one," Tech coach Bobby

Cremins said. "This is one to remember. I thought they had us

dead in the water. They outplayed us, they outsmarted us, they

outcoached us, they were outdoing us.

"Then Matt Harpring hit a three to get us going, and Mike

Maddox hit two [threes], and the next thing I knew, the crowd

was into the game and we were back."

Said Georgia coach Tubby Smith, "We thought we had control of

the game. Obviously, the crowd . . . I thought it was a good

learning tool for us to come in here to Alexander Memorial

Coliseum and play in front of a hostile crowd. It's going to be

a big help to us."

Maddox, often a no-show for the Jackets during his first two

seasons, led his team with a game-high 18 points. Harpring, an

All-ACC forward, finished with 17 points, but struggled mightily

against Michael Chadwick and Derrick Dukes until the final five

minutes.

Harpring made only 4-of-15 shots from the field, including

2-of-8 3-pointers. …

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