GAME NOTES: The Boston College Eagles and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are set to tip it off at the Conte Forum on Saturday afternoon in the final ACC regular-season game for both squads.
Georgia Tech is coming off a stunning, 71-69 road win over sixth-ranked Miami earlier this week. The victory was the first for the Yellow Jackets over a Top-25 team since 2010. They own a six-game win streak as well as a five-game losing streak this season, but have split their last 12 contests.
Boston College also brings some momentum into this game after rallying for a 53-52 win over Virginia on Sunday, followed by a 68-61 triumph at Clemson on Tuesday. Like today's counterpart, the Eagles are 11-6 at home but only 6-11 in league play.
Georgia Tech leads the all-time series with Boston College, 9-6.
The Yellow Jackets erased a 13-point second-half deficit on Wednesday night and earned the thrilling victory over Miami when Marcus Georges-Hunt followed up his own miss with the game-winning put-back as the buzzer sounded. The result denied the Hurricanes the ACC outright title and also marked their first home loss this season. The Yellow Jackets simply wanted it more, and they shrugged off a hostile 'Canes crowd by shooting 51.7 percent from the floor and 8-of-18 from the perimeter. Chris Bolden led all scorers with 21 points, as he accounted for half of those eight treys. Daniel Miller and Robert Carter, Jr. joined him in double figures with 17 and 12 points, respectively. On the season, Georges-Hunt leads the team with 10.2 points per game, while Carter is averaging 10.1 points and 6.7 rebounds per outing.
Sophomore Ryan Anderson leads BC with 15.1 points and 8.2 rebounds per tilt. He is complemented along the perimeter by freshmen guards Olivier Hanlan (14.6 ppg) and Joe Rahon (10.0 ppg). Rahon was the hero in last Sunday's win over UVA, as his 3-pointer with 8.2 seconds remaining proved to be the difference. Two nights later, it was Hanlan coming through with 24 points to headline a seven-point win over Clemson. Hanlan scored 21 of his points after halftime in reaching the 20-point mark for the fifth time this season. Anderson scored 18 points and pulled down 11 boards for his eighth double-double of the season. The Eagles took control with a 12-0 run to make it a 55-46 game with just over five minutes to play in regulation, and they eventually held on for their first-ever win at Littlejohn Coliseum.
Georgia Tech must be careful to avoid a letdown after its rare win over a ranked opponent. Should the Yellow Jackets let up defensively, they simply do not have the offensive firepower to match baskets with the Eagles, who are solid at home.
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