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COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: Charlotte tops Georgia Tech 86-83 in 2OTs; UGA, FSU women win

Photo by Daniel Kay

Photo by Daniel Kay

ATLANTA -- With its fourth consecutive come-from-behind victory, Charlotte is beginning to figure out how to win.

Derrio Green scored 21 points, including a key 3-point basket during a 9-0 run in the second overtime, to lead the 49ers to an 86-83 win over Georgia Tech on Sunday night.

"Right now, we're playing well as a team. I think we're headed in the right direction," said Green.

In the four late wins, the 49ers have won by a total of nine points. They beat Mercer 64-63 on Thursday, won 57-53 over Wright State on Dec. 22 and beat then-No. 7 Tennessee 49-48 on Dec. 17.

"To win at this stage is a big momentum boost," Green added.

Charlotte took an 83-74 lead in the second overtime, scoring the first nine points, including Green's 3-pointer and a three-point play by Phil Jones. Tech, however, got within 84-83 with 21 seconds left on a 3-pointer by Brian Oliver. Jones then made two free throws for the 86-83 lead with 13 seconds left. Glen Rice Jr. had a chance to tie it but his 3-point try hit the rim and bounced away.

"Hats off to Tech because they have a hell of a team, making unbelievable shots and kept coming back at us," said Charlotte coach Alan Major.

"In a nutshell, this game was just about fighting. They jumped on us early and we scrapped back at halftime. Guys just continued to make plays," he said.

Green also had a pair of free throws in overtime and four straight foul shots late in regulation to tie it at 66 for Charlotte (8-6). Green hit 8 for 8 free throws overall. "I just had confidence at the free-throw line," he said.

Javarris Barnett and Jones added 15 points each for Charlotte and Chris Braswell added 14 for the 49ers.

Iman Shumpert led the Yellow Jackets (7-6) with a season-high 28 points and Rice added 18 points.

Shumpert scored all of the Yellow Jackets' points in the first overtime period, including a pair of 3s and a jumper to give them a 74-72 lead.

Shumpert missed eight second-half minutes with a cramp.

"You could see the offense come to a grinding halt," said Tech coach Paul Hewitt.

Braswell then sent it to a second overtime for Charlotte, 74-74, on a layup with 12.9 seconds left in the first extra period.

"I thought that we were trying to rush things in the second overtime but that is something you have to deal with when it comes to guys that are learning how to win games," Hewitt said.

Georgia Tech had a chance to win it when Rice was fouled with 3.5 seconds left but he missed both free throws, forcing the second extra period.

Rice also missed a pair of free throws late in regulation.

"It happens," said Hewitt.

Green hit four straight free throws down the stretch in regulation, including a pair with 1:07 left to tie it at 66 and send it to overtime.

Georgia Tech led 40-37 at halftime. The Yellow Jackets took a 34-20 lead earlier on a 9-0 run led by Shumpert, who scored seven of the points and had two steals. After the second steal, he fed Rice for a layup that capped the streak with 4:40 left before halftime.

The 49ers, however, made a late first-half run of their own, outscoring the Jackets 17-6 the rest of the way with Barnett scoring eight points, including a pair of 3s.

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GEORGIA WOMEN 61, SOUTH CAROLINA 51: The Georgia women's basketball team kicked off Southeastern Conference play Sunday afternoon with a 61-51 win against South Carolina.

Freshman Khaalidah Miller paced the Lady Bulldogs with 15 points, while junior Meredith Mitchell added 12 off the bench.

The Lady Dogs improve to 11-3 (1-0) with the win as South Carolina falls to 8-6 (0-1).

"We have to play 40 minutes like we played the first 20 minutes," said Georgia head coach Andy Landers of South Carolina's second-half run. "We have to get more minutes of solid play. You can't be as inconsistent in a 40-minute game as we were today and still expect to get the win."

After the Gamecocks' Ashley Bruner converted on a layup with 11:22 to go in the first half to tie the score at 12, Georgia embarked on an 11-0 run over the next four minutes, then took an 18-point lead on a three from sophomore Anne Marie Armstrong, leading 35-17 with 53 seconds left in the opening period.

Tamika Willis made a layup and Miller sank a 3-pointer with just three seconds left, giving Georgia a commanding 23-point lead, 40-17, entering the locker room.

The Lady Bulldogs shot 58 percent from the floor through the first 20:00, including perfect 4-of-4 shooting from Miller from three. South Carolina was held without a field goal for the final 11:22 of the first after the Bruner lay-up.

But South Carolina opened the second half strong, posting an 11-0 run early to cut the Georgia lead to 12, 42-30, with 13:38 to go. The Gamecocks would pull to within single digits at nine with 11:36 left, and were within just six points, 48-42, following a pair of Marah Strickland free throws with 7:36 to play.

Another three from Miller -- her fifth of the game -- put the Lady Dogs back up by double digits at 55-45 with 5:44 to go, and Georgia scored six of the next seven points to take a 15-point lead at 61-46 with 2:56 remaining on a layup for Jasmine Hassell.

USC was paced by Bruner's 16 points, while La'Keisha Sutton tallied 11.

The Lady Dogs improve to a staggering 24-5 in SEC openers since 1982-83 and are 13-1 in such contests played in Athens. Georgia is now 30-5 all-time vs. the Gamecocks.

Georgia will next take the court on Jan. 9 when it plays a road game at Kentucky. The match-up with the 13th-ranked Wildcats will tip-off at 2 p.m. on ESPNU.

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FLORIDA STATE WOMEN 75, MISSOURI 53: Cierra Bravard scored 17 points, Courtney Ward had 14 and No. 25 Florida State overcame a slow start to surge past Missouri.

The Seminoles (12-3) trailed 11-7 before putting together a 13-0 run, and was in control the rest of the way, snapping Missouri's five-game winning streak. It was their final tuneup before opening Atlantic Coast Conference play on Thursday at Virginia Tech.

Alexa Deluzio added 11 points for Florida State, which shot 51 percent overall and was 5 for 9 from 3-point range. Florida State dominated in every area and held Missouri (8-5) to season-worst 26.4 percent shooting.

Ward, a senior, became the 24th player in school history to score 1,000 points.

Christina Flores had 16 points for Missouri and RaeShara Brown finished with 10. The Tigers face No. 4 Xavier on Wednesday in Cincinnati.