CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami's celebration will have to wait. Georgia Tech's Robert Carter Jr. tipped in Marcus Georges-Hunt miss at the buzzer to give the Yellow Jackets a 71-69 victory over the Hurricanes, who were looking to clinch an outright first-place finish in the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season. After Carter's steal with the score tied 69-69, Tech called timeout with 28.3 seconds left to set up the decisive play. After killing all but a few seconds off the clock, Georges-Hunt missed a drive but Carter was there for the follow. Tech (16-13, 6-11) had trailed since early in the second half but never fell behind by more than 11 points and began to work on reducing the deficit over the final nine minutes. The Yellow Jackets caught the Hurricanes at 65-65 on Chris Bolden's 3-pointer with just under five minutes left. Tech took its first lead since the first half, 67-66, on Bolden's layup with 3:40 left. Miami (23-6, 14-3) countered with Julian Gamble's free throw and Durand Scott's jumper at the 2:38 mark, but Tech tied it again on Daniel Miller's open layup. The Hurricanes had the ball with the score tied in the last minute, but Carter intercepted Scott's pass. The Hurricanes had four players in double figures, topped by Kenny Kadji's 18 points and Scott's 17. Tech's Bolden led all scorers with 21. Georgia Tech held a couple of brief leads in the first half, coming back from a 7-2 deficit to lead 14-11 less than seven minutes into the game. But the Hurricanes responded with a 14-0 run over the next three minutes to assume a 25-14 lead with 10:06 left in the opening period. The Yellow Jackets were able to get to within seven points at 32-25, but that was as close as they came. With Trey McKinney Jones scoring nine points, including a 3-pointer with four seconds left in the period, and Kenny Kadji adding a pair of free throws, the Hurricanes went to the locker room up 43-32. NOTES: Miami's Scott, Larkin and Kadji each hit their first four attempts from the field, and each missed their fifth. In all, that trio accounted for all but three of Miami's first 32 points. ... Larkin's steal in the first half marked the 25th time in 29 games he has had at least one. ... Both teams shot over 50 percent in the first half, with Miami going 16 of 28 and Tech 14 of 26 from the field. ... This was the first of two trips to the extreme ends of the ACC for the Yellow Jackets, who finish their regular season Saturday at Boston College. For the two trips to Miami and BC, the Jackets will travel 3,042 air miles.
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