Virginia Tech rallies past Georgia Tech 78-77


Virginia Tech rallies past Georgia Tech 78-77

ATLANTA (AP) -- Seth Allen's free throw with three seconds left lifted Virginia Tech to a 78-77 win over Georgia Tech on Saturday, capping a furious free throw barrage that helped the Hokies rally from a 10-point deficit over the final 4:14.

Marcus Georges-Hunt scored 16 of his career-high 27 points in the second half for Georgia Tech (11-7, 1-4 ACC), but the Yellow Jackets were outscored 14-3 at game's end. They couldn't keep the Hokies (12-6, 4-1) off the free throw line.

Zach LeDay led Virginia Tech with 21 points and seven rebounds. His 10-foot jumper with 57 seconds left in the game was good for a 77-75 lead - the Hokies' first of the game - and Georges-Hunt countered with a layup to tie the game 20 seconds later.

Virginia Tech did not call timeout, and held for the last shot.

Allen drove late in the shot clock, and after pump-faking a shot in the lane, he was fouled by Georgia forward Charles Mitchell with 3.4 seconds remaining.

He made the first three throw - the 23rd make of the second half by the Hokies - and missed the second. Virginia Tech made 23-of-27 free throws after halftime, and 28-of-36 in the game. Allen made 11 of 13 from the line and scored all 13 of his points in the second half. Georgia Tech made 9-of-16.

Tech rebounded, and called timeout, but after inbounding the ball the Jackets were unable to get off a shot as Georges-Hunt was tied up by LeDay as time expired. The Georgia Tech sideline was howling for a foul, but there was no call.

The Yellow Jackets dominated in many ways, but the Hokies tied the game, 75-75, on Allen's 3-point play with 1:55 remaining.

Georgia Tech broke to a 10-2 lead on three fast breaks and a 3-pointer by former Hokie Adam Smith, shot from in front of the Virginia Tech bench.

The Yellow Jackets cruised early, scoring on 13 of 21 possessions, taking a 29-14 lead on Tadric Jackson's long ball with 8:40 left in the first half.

It was 44-43 at the half as both teams shot well - Virginia Tech hit 13 of 27 and Georgia Tech 17 of 34 - yet the Jackets took seven more shots with the help of a 22-12 rebounding edge. Georgia Tech also registered seven blocked shots in the half.

Virginia Tech came back in the second half, getting back-to-back 3-point plays by LeDay and Kerry Blackshear, Jr. to draw within 47-44 at the 16:40 mark.



Virginia Tech: The Hokies averaged just 8.3 turnovers in their first four ACC games (3-1) and forced an average of 13.8. That number flipped Saturday, when Georgia Tech scored 20 points off Virginia Tech's 14 turnovers, and the Jackets coughed it up 13 times

Georgia Tech: Of the seven different Yellow Jackets who have started this season, only Georges-Hunt and Quinton Stephens began their careers with the program. Mitchell (Maryland), James White (Arkansas-Little Rock graduate), Smith (Virginia Tech graduate), Nick Jacobs (Alabama) and Josh Heath (South Florida) all transferred to Georgia Tech.


Georgia Tech entered Saturday having played the toughest ACC schedule their first four conference opponents -- North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Virginia and Notre Dame -- had a combined record of 53-12.


Virginia Tech is on the road Wednesday at Notre Dame.

Georgia Tech is home next Saturday against No. 16 Louisville.

March Madness 2018: Sweet 16 TV Schedule, Tip times, announcers, how to watch, live stream

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March Madness 2018: Sweet 16 TV Schedule, Tip times, announcers, how to watch, live stream

The first and second rounds of the 2018 NCAA Tournament are in  the books.

We witnessed history, with UMBC becoming the first No. 16 seed in men's tournament history to defeat a No. 1 seed, beating Virginia 74-54.

We saw the Ramblers of Loyola Chicago make a Cinderella run, beating Miami and Tennessee on the final possession.

We saw No. 7 Nevada rally from 22 points down to stun No. 2 Cincinnati.

We saw great games, great finishes and great moments.

But now it's time for the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight.

The madness begins again on March 22, with the Sweet 16 taking place Thursday and Friday, with the Elite Eight taking place on Saturday and Sunday.

Here is a complete listing of TV channels, tip times and game locations.




Thursday, March 22

7:07 pm — No. 7 Nevada vs. No. 11 Loyola-Chicago (South/Atlanta, GA), CBS. Announcers: Brian Anderson, Chris Webber, Lisa Byington
7:37 pm — No. 3 Michigan vs. No. 7 Texas A&M (West/Los Angeles, Calif), TBS. Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner, Dana Jacobson
9:37 pm — No. 5 Kentucky vs. No. 9 Kansas State (South/Atlanta, GA), CBS. Announcers: Brian Anderson, Chris Webber, Lisa Byington
10:07 pm — No. 4 Gonzaga vs. No. 9 Florida State (West/Los Angeles, Calif), TBS. Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner, Dana Jacobson

Friday, March 23

7:07 pm — No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 5 Clemson (Midwest/Omaha, NE), TBS. Announcers: Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery, Tracy Wolfson
7:37 pm — No. 1 Villanova vs. No. 5 West Virginia (East/Boston, Mass.), CBS. Announcers: Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel, Allie LaForce
9:37 pm — No. 2 Duke vs. No. 11 Syracuse (Midwest/Omaha, NE), TBS. Announcers: Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery, Tracy Wolfson
10:07 pm — No. 2 Purdue vs. No. 3 Texas Tech (East/Boston, Mass.), CBS. Announcers: Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel, Allie LaForce



Saturday, March 24

Time TBD — Nevada/Loyola-Chicago winner vs. Kentucky/Kansas State winner (South Regional Final/Atlanta, GA), CBS. Announcers: Brian Anderson, Chris Webber, Lisa Byington
Time TBD — Michigan/Texas A&M winner vs. Gonzaga vs. Florida State winner (West Regional Final/Los Angeles, Calif.), CBS. Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner, Dana Jacobson

Sunday, March 25

Time TBD — Kansas/Clemson winner vs. Duke/Syracuse winner  (Midwest Regional Final/Omaha, NE), CBS. Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery, Tracy Wolfson
​Time TBD —  Villanova/West Virginia winner vs. Purdue/Texas Tech winner (East Regional Final/Boston, Mass.), CBS. Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel, Allie LaForce

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Not only did UMBC own Virginia on the court, they owned the Twitter world

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Not only did UMBC own Virginia on the court, they owned the Twitter world

They said it could not be done, no No. 16 seed would ever beat a No. 1 seed. The odds would be too great and the obstacle too steep.

As we all know, University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), just proved that all wrong.


All season the top-ranked Virginia Cavaliers dominated their opponents. They dictated pace, held opponents to less than 55 points, and smothered teams by forcing turnovers.

The roles filled on Friday evening and with an up-tempo 74-54 victory, UMBC proved the impossible.

The hardwood is not the only place that UMBC owned last night, they grabbed headlines, attention, and thousands of fans (literally) on Twitter.

Someone grabbed a hold of the UMBC Athletics Twitter account and took the upset by storm.

It all started when Seth Davis poked the bear:

and they were relentless.

Oh yeah, I forgot Seth Davis:

Then they started get snarky and owning everyone:

As someone who graduated from a commuter school, I can relate:

More Seth Davis:

Back to Twitter:

I guess that application wave actually was a thing or people wanted to know what ‘UMBC’ stood for:

Game. Set. History.

Now here come the shots against other schools:

Yeah, don’t jump on this bandwagon Terps fans. Stay in College Park:

I did not take long for other social media icons to start reaching out:

Oh and Seth Davis eventually did apologize:

Started the night at 5,588 and jumped up to 51.7 K. No one cares what you think Steven:

If you liked what you saw thank Zach Seidel, not an intern, not a student athlete who provided those tweets last night.

Zach, you just earned yourself a raise and we’ll see you in the Second Round.