Robert Carter Jr. leads Jackets past Virginia Tech 62-51

Associated PressMarch 8, 2014 

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DAVID TULIS/Associated PressGeorgia Tech's Robert Carter Jr. dunks against Virginia Tech during the second half Saturday in Atlanta. Georgia Tech won 62-51.

DAVE TULIS — AP

ATLANTA -- Robert Carter Jr. scored 16 points, Daniel Miller and Trae Golden added 14 points and Georgia Tech beat Virginia Tech 62-51 Saturday in the regular season finale for both teams.

The Yellow Jackets (15-16, 6-12 Atlantic Coast Conference) have won two straight after ending a four-game skid with an upset victory at No. 7 Syracuse on Tuesday.

Joey van Zegeren finished with a career-high 21 points and seven rebounds for Virginia Tech (9-12, 2-16), which has dropped six in a row and 16 of 17.

Coming off the 67-62 win over Syracuse -- the most illustrious victory in coach Brian Gregory's three-year tenure -- Georgia Tech never trailed after Golden's 3-pointer made it 19-18 with 3:40 left in the first half.

Even so, the Jackets began the day in 13th in the 15-team ACC and are likely to miss the NCAA tournament and the NIT for the fourth straight year. They have a 16-36 league record under Gregory.

Injuries and inconsistency have hurt Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech all season.

Virginia Tech, under second-year coach James Johnson, finished last in the league for the second straight season.

Carter scored from the left baseline and hit a jumper on consecutive possessions as the Jackets went up by 16.

Johnson sought to calm down the Hokies, calling a timeout with 12:40 remaining. But after Marshall Wood hit a 3 from the left wing for Virginia Tech, Johnson followed with another 30-second timeout 2 minutes later with the Hokies trailing 50-33.

Virginia Tech had a shot clock violation on the ensuing possession, and Carter hit a 19-footer to make it 52-33.

Miller, who had a game-high nine rebounds, hit his first six shots from the field.

The Hokies missed 19 of their first 26 shots before van Zegeren's layup cut the lead to 25-20 in the final minute of the first half.

Jarell Eddie and Devin Wilson, Virginia Tech's two leading scorers this season, were a combined 4 for 18 from the field.

VIRGINIA TECH (9-21)

Van Zegeren 9-17 3-5 21, Eddie 2-10 0-0 5, Thompson 1-1 1-2 3, Wilson 2-8 1-2 6, Johnston 1-4 0-0 3, Donlon 0-0 0-0 0, Emelogu 3-8 0-0 8, Beyer 0-0 0-0 0, Wood 2-5 0-0 5. Totals 20-53 5-9 51.

GEORGIA TECH (15-16)

Georges-Hunt 3-5 0-0 7, Holsey 2-6 1-2 5, Miller 6-7 2-3 14, Golden 4-11 3-4 14, Heyward 0-3 0-0 0, Carter, Jr. 7-9 2-2 16, Bolden 1-3 0-0 3, Stephens 1-5 0-0 3. Totals 24-49 8-11 62.

Halftime--Georgia Tech 29-22. 3-Point Goals--Virginia Tech 6-23 (Emelogu 2-6, Wilson 1-2, Johnston 1-4, Wood 1-4, Eddie 1-7), Georgia Tech 6-19 (Golden 3-8, Georges-Hunt 1-2, Bolden 1-3, Stephens 1-4, Heyward 0-1, Carter, Jr. 0-1). Fouled Out--Thompson. Rebounds--Virginia Tech 27 (Eddie 8), Georgia Tech 26 (Miller 9). Assists--Virginia Tech 10 (Wilson 5), Georgia Tech 18 (Golden 8). Total Fouls--Virginia Tech 10, Georgia Tech 15. A--8,155.

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