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March 7, 2013

Georgia Tech rallies past No. 6 Miami 71-69

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Flat on his back after the final buzzer sounded, Marcus Georges-Hunt stretched out his arms, grinned and waited for the hugs to come from his jubilant Georgia Tech teammates.

The Yellow Jackets whooped it up after denying No. 6 Miami a championship celebration.

Georges-Hunt followed his own miss with the winning tip-in as time expired Wednesday night, and Georgia Tech rallied past Miami 71-69 to prevent the Hurricanes from clinching the outright Atlantic Coast Conference title.

"We didn't want them to celebrate," Tech guard Chris Bolden said. "We wanted them to have to wait."

The Hurricanes (23-6, 14-3 ACC), who squandered a 13-point lead in the second half, lost their second straight game with a shot at an outright title. They were already assured of a share of the title and can still clinch the championship outright by winning their regular-season finale at home Saturday against Clemson.

Georgia Tech (16-13, 6-11) beat a Top 25 team for the first time since March 2010. The Yellow Jackets became the first team to win at Miami this season.

"I don't think many people thought we had a chance to win this game," coach Brian Gregory said.

Miami led 45-32 early in the second half. Gamble's three-point play with 12 minutes to go made it 56-45 before the Yellow Jackets rallied, taking the lead on Bolden's fast-break layup following a steal with 3:38 remaining.

After a basket by Tech's Daniel Miller's made it 69-all with 2:14 left, each team misfired. Robert Carter Jr. intercepted a pass by Durand Scott to set up the final possession with 35 seconds left.

Georges-Hunt drove into the lane and threw up a one-hander over Kenny Kadji that bounced off the rim. Georges-Hunt and Carter both appeared to get a hand on the rebound, and the tip-in was credited to Georges-Hunt for only his second basket of the game.

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