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ATLANTA. Miles Kelly of the Georgia Institute of Technology landed another game-winning blow against an opponent from the state.

Terry Roberts had a terrible last minute for Georgia.

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Kelly hit a long three-pointer and then hit the game-winning shot with 23 seconds left as the Yellow Vests rallied to beat Georgia 79–77 on Tuesday night.

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Kelly similarly landed the game-winner against Georgia State on November 12. He did it again to beat the Bulldogs, scoring 17 points after failing to score in the first half.

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“I will keep shooting no matter how many times I miss,” Kelly said.

Roberts missed a 3-pointer, flipped the ball twice on bad passes, and was called out for an offensive foul while trying to hit the basket, which would have resulted in overtime.

“A tough finale for us,” Georgia 1st-year coach Mike White said. “We were able to steal one on the road.”

A couple of second chance buckets appeared to have allowed Georgia (7-3) to take control with a 77-73 lead.

The Bulldogs didn’t score again as Kelly led the Yellow Vests’ comeback (6-3) – with a big pass from Roberts.

He had a chance to essentially seal it for the Bulldogs, but his arc jumper rattled off the rim.

Georgia Tech latched on to the rebound and raced down the court, where Kelly landed a 3rd hit from behind the strip to give Georgia Tech a point with about a minute left.

In an attempt to get the ball inside, Roberts made an ill-advised inbound pass that was deflected and stolen by Davon Smith, setting up a kick to the basket by Kelly that gave the Yellow Jackets the lead.

Roberts attempted to drive on his own, but Jalon Moore blocked him. Georgia retained possession, but Roberts’ pass was stolen by Moore, who was fouled and made one of two free throws.

Roberts took the ball again and hurried towards the basket, but was charged with an offensive foul when he sent Smith flying.

“Just sacrificing my body for the team,” Smith said.

Georgia stole a midcourt pass, giving Carlo Oquendo the final shot to launch a three-pointer that would have won for the Bulldogs anyway. He bounced off the rim.

The game was tense throughout. Neither team led more than eight times, and the consistency in the second half showed just how close the rivals were.

As both teams played at a furious pace and had little regard for defense, the lead changed hands after eight possessions in a row as the teams traded baskets.

Amazingly, they hit 19 consecutive goals together before Matthew-Alexander Moncrieff of Georgia missed a pair of free throws with 5:17 left.

INCREASING THE CROWD

Perhaps the biggest applause of the evening came when Georgia Tech football coach Brent Key addressed the crowd at halftime.

Key, who has been acting coach for the last eight games of the season, was introduced on Monday as a full-time job candidate.

He fired up the fans by having them chant “Fuck Georgia” over and over again. When a few Bulldog fans responded by barking, Key smiled and urged the Yellow Vests crowd to silence them.

He also declared Georgia Tech “the greatest school in the whole state, in the whole country,” following his vow the day before to not back down from the reigning national champion and top bulldogs.

THE BIG PICTURE

Georgia: It will be hard to swallow Roberts, who led his team with 16 points and seven assists. The Bulldogs lost despite a 53.4% ​​field goal percentage.

Georgia Tech: Four players scored in double figures, with two other players finishing with eight points. But it was Kelly who, as usual, held the ball in his hands at the end of a tense game.

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Georgia: After a nearly two-week hiatus, the Bulldogs return to Atlanta on December 18 to take on Notre Dame at the State Farm Arena as part of the Hoopsgiving celebration.

Georgia Institute of Technology: Travel to North Carolina on Saturday for the opening of the Atlantic Coast Conference against the struggling Tar Heels.

NEW YORK. Terrence Shannon, Jr. scored 12 of his 16 points in overtime, including a game-tying 3-pointer with 3:34 left, and the Illinois No. 17 rallied to give second Texas their first loss of the season, 85–78. Tuesday night at the Jimmy V Classic.

Jayden Epps added 11 points, including the last five points of the regulation – a three-pointer with 35 seconds left and two draws free throws with 8 seconds left. Epps then blocked jumper Marcus Carr in the lane shortly before the buzzer sounded to force overtime in an entertaining bout at Madison Square Garden.

Matthew Mayer, who faced Texas several times at Baylor, set a career high with 21 points as he made his first seven shots and finished 8 of 10.

Shannon, who missed eight of nine shots in regulation time, took charge in the overtime to help Illinois (7-2) beat a ranked opponent for the second time this season. He started overtime from a jumper after Marcus Carr was called on a trip and then hit an open three from the right flank over Brock Cunningham to give a 73–70 lead.

Shannon then converted a reverse layup to end the game with three points to make it 77–70 with 2:16 left. Carr hit two free throws to put Texas out for one with 1:28 left. Jayden Epps made an easy, R.J. Melendez made two free throws to put Illinois ahead by five, and Shannon made two free throws with 27.7 seconds left.

Timmy Allen scored a season-high 21 points for Texas (6-1), who failed to open a 7-0 scoring for the first time since 2014-15. Tyrese Hunter added 10 points, but Carr held onto nine points on 3-of-14 shooting as Texas blocked 12 shots and converted 42%.

Texas only took a double-digit lead when Dillon Mitchell stopped with 8:28 left. Illinois cut the lead to 58-56 on Melendez’s 3 almost four minutes later. After Cunningham opened the 3 with 4:15 left, Si’Jabari Rice made it 3 to take a 64–58 lead.

Allen found Cunningham because of the open jumper, which made a difference when officials named Coleman Hawkins of Illinois as the goaltender. This gave Texas a 65–61 lead with 1:51 remaining.

Rainbow jumper Carr on the lane made it 68–63 with a minute left, and in Illinois, Melendez brushed off a 3-pointer because he called a timeout with 45.3 seconds left. After a timeout, Epps took an open corner 3 with 33 seconds left.

Hunter missed a 1-and-1 start to set up Epps for a tie free throws.

THE BIG PICTURE

Illinois: The Illinis continued to struggle with losses with 17 assists. But only two of them came in the last 10+ minutes of normal time or overtime. Illinois’ 15th rotation was an offensive foul by Mayer that sent him to the bench with four fouls with 10:42 left.

Texas: The Longhorns have had few attacks other than Allen and Hunter. While the duo scored 13 of 29 shots, the rest of the team missed 24 of 40 shots.

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Illinois hosts Penn State in Game 2 of the Big Ten on Saturday. The Illini lost the first conference to No. 13 from Maryland.

Texas hosts Arkansas Pine Bluff on Saturday as part of the Jimmy Blacklock Classic Tournament.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia. Kehei Clark scored 18 points, Jayden Gardner had 14 points and eight rebounds, and No. 3 Virginia beat tough State contender James Madison 55-50 on Tuesday night.

The 8-0 Cavaliers, who lost starting quarterback Rhys Beekman to a right leg injury early in the first half, kept the Dukes (7-3) from winning their second straight December game in Charlottesville. James Madison beat Virginia 52-49 on December 7 last year.

Clarke had seven assists, playing nearly 39 minutes, as Beekman was out of the game.

“Kihei gave everything he had and I had to, you know, ride him,” said Virginia coach Tony Bennett. “Of course he missed a few free throws. And I know he made some mistakes, but you could just see him, you know how stubborn he was.”

Dukes coach Mark Byington said he told Clark, who is in his fifth season with Virginia, after last year’s game, that he enjoys watching him play.

“He saw everything, and nothing you do will surprise him,” Byington said. “There is nothing that Kihei Clark has not seen, and he is ready. I mean, you can’t confuse him. … So I told him that this time I thought, “Look, I better never see you in college basketball again.” But he’s one of my favorite players that I watch, simply because he’s cool, talented and a winner.”

Takal Molson scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half for James Madison, including a 3-pointer to tie the game at 42 with 7:47 to play. Gardner answered for Virginia with five consecutive points in a 9-1 series.

The Cavaliers kept the Dukes in the game, conceding eight of 13 free throws in the last six minutes.

Molson made an acrobatic throw when he was fouled with 1:51 left, but missed the free throw. He scored again with 1:01 left to give the Dukes a 52–50 lead, but freshman Ryan Dunn responded with a strong baseline move for Virginia 35 seconds into the game.

James Madison puts the ball away after a possession.

THE BIG PICTURE

James Madison: The Dukes entered the game leading the nation in scoring (93.3 points per game) and scoring 95 five times. They shot 52.7% for the year but made just four of their first 19 shots and finished 15 of 55 (26.9%). Vado Morse scored 11 points, becoming the only other JMU player in double figures.

“Yes, we knew how good they were, and they showed it tonight,” Gardner said. “But I think tonight you saw a lot of tenacity on the defensive, making important stops.”

Virginia: The Cavaliers played the last 36 minutes without Beekman and gave many minutes to rookie Isaac McNeely. Virginia is hoping Beekman, her third-leading scorer as well as a major ball carrier and defenseman, will recover in time for the showdown against No. 1 Houston on Dec. 17.

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The Dukes are returning home to play Gallaudet on Saturday night.

Virginia has a 10 day break before…



Source: collegebasketball.nbcsports.com

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