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Louisville guards Donovan Mitchell (45) and Damion Lee (0) celebrate after defeating Georgia Tech  75-71 in an NCAA college basketball game  Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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Lee, Mahmoud lead No. 17 Louisville past Georgia Tech 75-71

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ATLANTA (AP) Damion Lee scored 17 points, Anas Mahmoud added 15 and No. 17 Louisville held on in the closing seconds to beat hard-luck Georgia Tech 75-71 on Saturday.

In a back-and-forth game that was close all the way, Mahmoud was in the middle of a crucial sequence with 1:01 remaining that helped the Cardinals (16-3, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) claim their third straight win.

With the scored tied at 69, the 7-foot sophomore got free under the basket for a pass from Trey Lewis. Georgia Tech’s Marcus Georges-Hunt came in from behind to make the block, but he appeared to get Mahmoud with the body. Georges-Hunt, who led the Yellow Jackets with 23 points, fouled out on the play.

Mahmoud made both free throws to give Louisville a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.

Georgia Tech (11-8, 1-5) has lost its five ACC games by a total of 26 points.

After Mahmoud’s free throws, Georgia Tech struggled to get off a shot with Georges-Hunt on the bench. Tadric Jackson drove toward the lane, tried to make an awkward pass back to Adam Smith, only to have Lee step in for the steal.

The Yellow Jackets were forced to foul Quentin Snider, who made both free throws with 25.2 seconds remaining. Smith scored on a driving layup to give Georgia Tech one more chance, but Donovan Mitchell knocked down two free throws to seal the victory.

Lewis and Chinanu Onuaku had 12 points each for the Cardinals. Mitchell chipped in with 11.

Georges-Hunt carried the offensive load for the Yellow Jackets, drawing foul after foul before he fouled out. He finished 12 of 12 at the free throw line. Nick Jacobs had 16 points, and Smith finished with 12.

Georgia Tech closed the first half on a 7-0 run to take a 39-32 lead. The Cardinals really bogged down in the closing minutes of the period, missing 10 of their last 12 shots. Overall, they shot just 33 percent before halftime.

It was the Yellow Jackets who started slowly in the second half. Louisville forced three quick turnovers, scoring the first seven points to pull back into a tie. It was tight the rest of the way.

Louisville came into the game ranked 15th nationally in field goal shooting, hitting 49.2 percent. The Cardinals rallied from the slow start to make 15 of 25 in the second half.

TIP-INS

Louisville: Onuaku had his sixth straight double-double, also pulling down 11 rebounds. … Lewis surpassed 1,300 points in his career during the first half. … The Cardinals shot 44.3 percent (27 of 61) from the field.

Georgia Tech: Outrebounded the Cardinals 41-33 to keep up its strong play on the boards. Jacobs and Charles Mitchell has 10 rebounds apiece. … The Yellow Jackets went with a three-guard lineup, giving Travis Jorgenson his first start of the season in place of Quinton Stephens. The other starters remained the same. … Georges-Hunt had a spectacular block with about 9 minutes remaining, after Louisville appeared to be setting up for an easy basket. Mitchell swiped the ball from Jorgenson in the backcourt, and Lee took a pass all alone beneath the basket. But as Lee went up for an apparent dunk, Georges-Hunt raced back to knock it away.

UP NEXT

Louisville: At Virginia Tech on Wednesday night.

Georgia Tech: At North Carolina State on Wednesday night.

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Second-half cold spell dooms No. 4 Virginia at Georgia Tech

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Five days after falling at Virginia Tech No. 4 Virginia lost its second consecutive road game Saturday afternoon, as a second-half cold spell proved to be their undoing.

After erasing an 11-point deficit Tony Bennett’s team went more than four minutes without scoring, and during that period Georgia Tech ripped off an 11-0 run to establish the separation they needed to pull off the upset. Georgia Tech won by the final score of 68-64, and while that 11-0 stretch stands out Virginia had issues on the offensive end of the floor throughout the game.

The Cavaliers shot just 40.4 percent from the field, and while they did manage to score 38 points in the paint Virginia had trouble finding quality looks offensively. Malcolm Brogdon scored 19 points but did so on 8-for-20 shooting, and he combined with London Perrantes to shoot 2-for-13 from beyond the arc. With the supporting cast having some issues with consistency, off days from Brogdon, Perrantes and/or Anthony Gill hurt Virginia more than they would in previous years.

Defensively Virginia is still looking for another forward to emerge alongside Gill, with the role played by departed ACC Defensive Player of the Year Darion Atkins yet to be filled. Mike Tobey grabbed a team-high seven rebounds but he isn’t the defender that Atkins was, especially when it comes to ball-screen situations.

Georgia Tech’s Nick Jacobs and Quinton Stephens were able to take advantage of this, scoring 16 points apiece and Stephens hitting two critical three-pointers during the 11-0 run that shifted the game for good. Add in James White grabbing five of Georgia Tech’s 11 offensive rebounds, and the Yellow Jacket front court outplayed their opponents Saturday afternoon.

The good news for Virginia is that three of their next four games are in Charlottesville, beginning with No. 13 Miami Tuesday night. But given the way the Hurricanes like to use ball screens in their offensive system, that matchup is a concerning one. Already two games behind the leaders in the ACC in the loss column, that contest sets up as one of high importance if Virginia is to entertain thoughts of a third straight ACC regular season title.

 

Georgia Tech keeps four-star forward home

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Georgia Tech landed its second verbal commitment in the Class of 2016 Saturday night, and in doing so Brian Gregory and his staff managed to keep a talented in-state prospect home.

6-foot-9 power forward Romello White, a Georgia native who attends Wheeler HS in Marietta, announced that he will play his college basketball in Atlanta. White joins small forward Christian Matthews in Georgia Tech’s 2016 recruiting haul to date, and his ability to both score around the basket and rebound will help the Yellow Jackets when he arrives on campus in 2016.

That’s key, given the fact that among the players Georgia Tech will lose at the end of the 2015-16 season are power forwards Nick Jacobs and Charles Mitchell. Among the front court players with eligibility remaining beyond the 2015-16 season are sophomores Abdoulaye Gueye and Ben Lammers, and freshman Sylvester Ogbonda.

Originally a Tennessee commit, White reopened his recruitment in April following the school’s firing of Donnie Tyndall. White also held offers from programs such as Georgia, Iowa State, Missouri and South Carolina. White played with the Stackhouse Elite program this summer, and he averaged 14.1 points and 8.0 rebounds per game at the adidas Uprising Gauntlet Finale in Atlanta in early July.