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Georgia Tech 64, Virginia Tech 54

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BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Kammeon Holsey and Marcus Georges-Hunt each scored 13 points as Georgia Tech beat Virginia Tech, 64-54, on Saturday in an Atlantic Coast Conference game, winning in Blacksburg for the first time in eight tries.

The Yellow Jackets became the third team this season to win its first road game at Cassell Coliseum, joining Boston College and Georgia Southern.

The Hokies have lost six consecutive games.

Georgia Tech (13-9, 3-7 in the ACC) built a 25-point lead in the second half before going ice cold from the floor, allowing the Hokies (11-12, 2-8) to get back into the game.

Georges-Hunt hit a basket to put the Yellow Jackets up, 47-22, with 16:27 left.

But Georgia Tech went 9:15 before scoring another field goal, and Erick Green's basket with 10:22 left capped a 15-1 run and drew the Hokies to within 48-37.

Robert Carter hit a 3-pointer from the left wing with 7:12 left to finally break the cold spell, putting the Yellow Jackets up, 51-37.

Green, the nation's leading scorer, led the way for the Hokies with 26 points and Robert Brown added 10. In the final minute, an exhausted Green nearly passed out on the bench and had to be helped to the locker room by two teammates.

It took Virginia Tech more than eight minutes to score its first basket, and Georgia Tech took advantage.

The Yellow Jackets led, 13-3, after Holsey's basket with 12:35 to play in the first half, and Georgia Tech led by double digits until Green hit a shot with 31 seconds left to cut it to eight.

Georgia Tech shot 48 percent and held the Hokies to 6-for-29 (20.7 percent) shooting and took a 37-18 lead into the break.

The Hokies played much of the second half without second-leading scorer Jarell Eddie, who picked up a foul at the 17:18 mark and vehemently argued with officials.

Frustration boiled over for Eddie on the bench afterward. He was 0- for-6 from the floor, and after the foul, he slammed his water bottle on the floor.

It broke, sending water and ice onto the floor and causing a stoppage in play. He remained on the bench for the rest of game.

NOTES: Georgia Tech has held an opponent to fewer than 20 points before halftime three times this season. The Yellow Jackets held The Citadel to 16 and Rice to 19. ... Virginia Tech guard Marquis Rankin returned after missing Thursday night's game against Maryland because of the flu. ... Georgia Tech won only once on the road last year in ACC play, beating North Carolina State in Raleigh.
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