COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: Former Thomasville star Carter Jr. hits two, last-second free throws, lifts Georgia Tech past Wake

Former Thomasville star Robert Carter Jr., right, drives to the basket during Georgia Tech's game at Wake Forest on Saturday. Carter's two free throws with 8.7 seconds left lifted Tech to a 57-56 win.

Former Thomasville star Robert Carter Jr., right, drives to the basket during Georgia Tech's game at Wake Forest on Saturday. Carter's two free throws with 8.7 seconds left lifted Tech to a 57-56 win.

Former Thomasville star Robert Carter Jr. hit two free throws with 8.7 seconds left, lifting the Yellow Jackets to their second consecutive road victory and a sweep of the season series with the Demon Deacons, 57-56, on Saturday.

Georgia Tech (14-10, 4-8 ACC) trailed 56-55 with 23.6 seconds remaining. Marcus Georges-Hunt missed a dunk, but Carter corralled the rebound, was fouled and calmly sank the two free throws. He finished with 10 points and five rebounds in the win.

Wake Forest (11-14, 4-9) had one last shot after Georges-Hunt knocked the ball out of bounds with 1.7 seconds remaining, but Devin Thomas' jumper kicked off the back iron at the buzzer.

The Yellow Jackets trailed by five points with eight minutes left, but battled back thanks to baskets from Daniel Miller on three consecutive possessions and seven points in the final four minutes from Georges-Hunt. Georges-Hunt led Georgia Tech with 16 points.

C.J. Harris scored nine consecutive points for Wake Forest down the stretch, finishing with 15 points. Travis McKie also scored 15 points for the Demon Deacons, who lost for the eighth time in their past 10 games.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Miller, tied for the ACC lead in blocked shots, finished with five blocks and 13 points. ... The Yellow Jackets shot 2-for-6 from the free-throw line in the first half, but hit 7 of 9 attempts in the final 20 minutes. ... Thomas finished with nine points and 12 rebounds for Wake Forest.

Mississippi 84, Georgia 74 (OT): SEC leading scorer Marshall Henderson overcame a slow start to score 25 points, hitting all 14 of his free throws, as the host Rebels rallied from a late eight-point deficit to win in overtime.

Ole Miss (19-6, 8-4 SEC) snapped a two-game skid, improved to 13-1 at home and moved into a third-place tie with Kentucky in the conference standings thanks to Henderson, who scored 20 points after halftime. Murphy Holloway added 14 points, one of five Rebels who scored in double figures, and Reginald Buckner had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Georgia (12-13, 6-6) lost its second straight after a five-game win streak. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 19 points and 12 rebounds but shot 7-of-19.

Georgia led 64-56 with 3:37 left before Henderson scored 10 straight points.

The Bulldogs, who led 41-35 at the half, missed an alley-oop try at the regulation buzzer off a beautifully executed out-of-bounds play. There was contact, but no foul was called on Ole Miss.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Ole Miss has won seven of the last 10 meetings. ... Rebels coach Andy Kennedy tied B.L. Graham for the most wins in Ole Miss history. Graham went 144-168 in 13 seasons; Kennedy is 144-84 in seven seasons. ... The game featured 12 ties and 17 lead changes.

Florida State 69, Boston College 66: Michael Snaer scored 21 points as the host Seminoles edged the Eagles to snap a two-game ACC losing streak.

Snaer added six rebounds and made all four of his free throws while Okaro White chipped in 13 points and a team-high eight rebounds for Florida State (14-11, 6-6), which shot 53.8 percent from beyond the arc. Freshman Devon Bookert logged a career-high eight assists.

Freshman Olivier Hanlan led Boston College (11-14, 3-9) with 19 points. Ryan Anderson added 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, but missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the final buzzer.

After Florida State ran out to a 15-12 lead, back-to-back Snaer buckets sparked a 9-0 Seminoles run that pushed the advantage to 24-12 with 6:11 left in the first half. Boston College responded with 10 straight points, ultimately cutting its deficit to 31-26 at halftime.

A Patrick Heckmann 3-pointer gave Boston College a 45-42 edge with 13:11 left before five Florida State players scored on a 12-2 response to put the Seminoles ahead 54-47 with 8:06 to go. The Eagles cut their deficit to two three times, but Snaer, Bookert and Terry Whisnant II went 5-for-6 from the foul line in the final 2:04 to seal the win.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Florida State has now won four of the last five meetings in the head-to-head matchup. ... The Seminoles improve to 6-1 in games decided by five points or fewer this season. ... Heckmann finished with 10 points on 4-for-6 shooting.

No. 6 Florida 83, Auburn 52: Mike Rosario scored a game-high 22 points and the visiting Gators made a season-high 15 3-pointers in a rout of the Tigers.

Michael Frazier made six 3-pointers for 18 points and Kenny Boynton tallied 16 for Florida (21-3, 11-1 SEC), which shot 57.4 percent from the field and 50 percent from behind the arc. Erik Murphy chipped in with 11 points for the Gators, who had 25 assists on 31 field goals.

Chris Denson had 13 points and Jordan Price 12 for Auburn (9-16, 3-9), which has dropped nine of its last 10 contests. Leading scorer Frankie Sullivan had eight points in 19 minutes for the Tigers.

Rosario scored 18 points on 7-for-9 shooting as the Gators slowly pulled away in the first half and capped it by recording the last 10 for a 47-22 lead at intermission. Florida shot 60 percent from the field and made seven of its 15 attempts from 3-point range in the opening 20 minutes.

Murphy and Boynton each drained a pair of 3-pointers as the Gators stretched the lead to 63-31 with less than 12 minutes left. Florida shot at least 50 percent from the field for the 10th time in the last 14 games.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Boynton made his 129th career start, passing Andrew DeClercq as Florida's all-time leader. ... Auburn leads the series 87-73, but the Gators have won 15 of the last 16 meetings. ... Florida G Scottie Wilbekin had his third 10-assist game of the season.


AuntieDee 2 years, 9 months ago

Great Job Robert! I remember your days with AAU days with the Atlanta Express! Forever strong!


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