Yellow Jackets hand No. 11 Eagles stinging loss
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Zam Fredrick buried a huge three-pointer with
just 33 seconds left to lead Georgia Tech to a 60-58 win over 11th-
ranked Boston College in an Atlantic Coast Conference matchup at Alexander
Fredrick only scored seven points in the contest but his shot gave the Yellow
Jackets, who won their third consecutive game, control late in the game.
Jeremis Smith paced Georgia Tech (8-4, 2-0) with 16 points and nine rebounds
while Anthony Morrow added 15.
Craig Smith led the Eagles (11-3, 0-2 ACC) with 26 points on 10-of-13 shooting
and seven rebounds. Jared Dudley chipped in with 14 points and seven boards
for Boston College, which lost for the first time in six games, while Tyrese
Rice had 10 points.
The Yellow Jackets closed the first half on a 16-5 run to carry a three-point
advantage into the break, 29-26. Jeremis Smith paced Georgia Tech with eight
points as he hit on 3-of-4 from the field, while Dudley had 10 for the Eagles.
Georgia Tech continued to play front-runner in the second half until Rice
capped a 6-0 burst with a 25-foot bomb from the right wing. The shot gave
the Eagles a one-point advantage, 46-45, with just under eight minutes left.
The Yellow Jackets regained control with an 8-4 spurt over the next four
minutes. Freshman guard Lewis Clinch highlighted the burst when he drained a
three-pointer to give Georgia Tech a 53-50 edge with 3:52 remaining.
After a Craig Smith layup was equaled with a pair of Jeremis Smith free
throws, Boston College’s Smith went to work again. The senior forward stuck a
short jumper and then made 1-of-2 attempts from the charity stripe to tie the
game at 55 with just 55 ticks left.
Fredrick responded with the big three to put the Yellow Jackets in control at
A step-back three by Rice came up empty and the Eagles were forced to foul
Jeremis Smith with six seconds remaining. The lanky sophomore forward made
just 1-of-2 to put Georgia Tech up four, 59-55.
Craig Smith nailed a three to close the gap to 59-58 with one second left.
Paco Diaw then hit 1-of-2 from the line to secure things for the Yellow
Craig Smith has scored in double figures in all 14 games for Boston College
this season. He has also scored in double figures in 23 straight, the longest
consecutive streak among ACC players..Boston College is now just 1-5 all-time
versus Georgia Tech…The Yellow jackets dominated the boards 33-23. They were
especially effective on the offensive glass with 15 rebounds.