Carter, Georgia Tech beat UNC Wilmington 73-66North Carolina-Wilmington forward Keith Rendleman (2) shots as Georgia Tech forward Robert Carter (4) defends in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia Tech freshman Robert Carter Jr. scored a career-high 19 points, and the Yellow Jackets used a late 9-0 run to rally past UNC Wilmington on the way to a 73-66 nonconference win Saturday night.
Daniel Miller scored 12 points for Georgia Tech (6-2), and freshman Marcus Georges-Hunt battled foul trouble on the way to 10 points.
UNC Wilmington's Chris Dixon scored a game-high 20 points, and Tanner Milson added 16 as they combined to make seven 3-pointers for the Seahawks (4-5).
Nate Anderson drained a trey with 5:20 left in the game to give UNC Wilmington a 62-57 edge, but Georges-Hunt re-entered the game soon thereafter with four fouls and Georgia Tech scored the next nine points and never trailed again.
UNC Wilmington out-rebounded the bigger Yellow Jackets 34-32.
Georgia Tech cruised early in the first half as Carter scored eight points and the Yellow Jackets took a 22-13 lead on his layup with 8:28 remaining.
UNC Wilmington closed the half with a 23-13 run, however, and when Milson rebounded his own missed shot and then followed with a 15-foot jumper just before the buzzer, the Seahawks took a 36-35 lead to halftime.
That was UNC Wilmington's first lead, although the Seahawks out-rebounded Georgia Tech 20-13 in the first half.
The Yellow Jackets got busy on the glass in the second half, and Georgia Tech outscored UNC Wilmington 10-2 to start the frame, taking a 45-37 lead on Mfon Udofia's 3-pointer with 16:33 left.
Georges-Hunt committed his third foul moments later, though, and upon his exit the Seahawks rallied for a 55-51 lead on Milson's fourth 3-pointer.
Milson returned the favor moments later when he fouled Georges-Hunt as the Georgia Tech freshman made a 3-pointer off a crosscourt pass from Brandon Reed on a fast break.
Georges-Hunt's free throw with 9:26 left tied the game at 55 and it stayed there until soon after he committed his fourth foul - while battling for an offensive rebound - with 7:48 left in the game.
Again, the Seahawks surged on the way to that 62-57 lead until Georges-Hunt returned to action.