Yellow Jackets sting Tigers; advance to Maui final
Maui, HI (Sports Network) – Jeremis Smith had 21 points and nine rebounds, as
19th-ranked Georgia Tech rallied from a 19-point deficit to beat No. 12
Memphis, 92-85, in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational.
Lewis Clinch added 17 points and Ra’Sean Dickey finished with 14 points and 10
boards for the Yellow Jackets (5-0), who will face fifth-ranked UCLA in
Wednesday’s championship game. The Bruins beat No. 20 Kentucky, 73-68, in
Tuesday’s other semifinal.
Georgia Tech shot 32.3 percent in the opening 20 minutes and fell behind 46-30
at the half. However, it went 17-of-30 from the field in the second half to
pull out the win.
Chris Douglas-Roberts had 26 points and seven rebounds for the Tigers (2-1),
who struggled by going 11-of-26 over the final 20 minutes. Jeremy Hunt added
16 points and six steals, and Antonio Anderson scored 15 for Memphis, which
went 10-of-30 from three-point range.
Conversely, the Yellow Jackets made just 3-of-10 from beyond the arc, but made
up for that by feasting at the free throw line and dominating on the boards.
Georgia Tech went 35-of-50 from the charity stripe and outrebounded Memphis,
Douglas-Roberts’ one free throw had Memphis ahead 62-57 with 9:53 remaining,
but the Yellow Jackets responded with the next 11 points. Smith started the
spurt with a three-point play and another three-point play by Dickey gave
Georgia Tech the lead at 63-62 with 8:28 left. Mouhammad Faye’s tip-in capped
the burst with 6:52 to go.
Georgia Tech’s lead grew to as high as 13, as Smith jammed and then hit the
free throw to finish a three-point play for an 83-70 margin with 2:23
Memphis could only get within five the rest of the way, as Joey Dorsey’s dunk
made it 89-85 with 17.7 seconds left.
The Tigers dominated the fist half, leading by as many as 19 points, the last
time at 32-13 on a layup by Douglas-Roberts with 7:21 left.
Thaddeus Young had 11 points and Javaris Crittenton tallied 10 for Georgia
Tech…The Yellow Jackets had 17 turnovers to 13 for Memphis…Georgia Tech
leads the all-time series, 4-3.