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Georgia Tech narrowly avoided its third loss of the season thanks to some big shots and good defense late.
In a back-and-forth matchup with UNC-Wilmington, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets prevailed over a feisty Seahawks squad, 73-66. Despite getting little out of top freshman Marcus Georges-Hunt, Georgia Tech took the game with some big fourth-quarter shots and tenacious defense down the stretch.
Behind Daniel Miller and Robert Carter, Georgia Tech (6-2) outscored the Seahawks, 11-4, down the stretch. With the score tied at 62 and 3:45 left in the game, Carter put the Yellow Jackets ahead with a layup, then took a Brandon Reed steal down the court for a breakaway dunk to push Tech's lead to four. The teams traded baskets, then Miller stepped up, first with a layup to make it 70-66 with a minute to go, then with the game-clinching layup in the final 20 seconds.
UNC-Wilmington (4-5) led at the break, 36-35, outrebounded Georgia Tech by three, and shot the ball equally from beyond the arc. But the final five minutes were UNC's undoing, as the Seahawks missed their last nine shots and turned the ball over twice.
UNC's Chris Dixon led all scorers with 20 points, adding six rebounds and five assists. Carter tallied 19 points and nine rebounds. Georges-Hunt, plagued by foul trouble, managed only 10 points. For the game, the Yellow Jackets shot a blistering 53 percent from the floor, including 6-of-8 in the final five minutes.
Georgia Tech will take a week off before resuming play at home against Alabama State. Tip-off will be Dec. 17 at 7 pm ET.