Tech men drop another ACC game

ATLANTA - Boston College was due for a victory. Georgia Tech was desperate for one.

Unfortunately for the Yellow Jackets, desperation wasn't quite enough.

Georgia Tech erased a 14-point deficit to force overtime, but the end result was just more heartbreak and a fifth straight ACC loss.

Tyrese Rice did in the Yellow Jackets this time, scoring six of his 26 points in overtime as Boston College won 80-76 on Tuesday night at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

The Eagles had lost four straight since an upset victory at then-No. 1 North Carolina. But their frustration came to an end at the expense of Georgia Tech, off to its worst ACC start since going 0-7 to begin 2001-02.

Three of the Yellow Jackets' ACC losses have come in overtime and the prospects for a quick end to their skid isn't promising. Georgia Tech plays at No. 10 Clemson on Sunday, then hosts No. 1 Wake Forest on Jan. 31.

Boston College (14-6, 2-3) won despite having three starters foul out. Rice played on and that was the difference.

Held to two points in the first half, the senior guard scored 18 points in the second half and added the six in overtime. His two free throws with seven seconds left, making him 10-for-10, clinched the victory.

"Tyrese Rice played like a big-time senior," Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt said. "He had all his free throws and some tough shots down the stretch."

From Boston College's perspective, overtime shouldn't have been needed. The Eagles led 60-46 with less than seven minutes left and Georgia Tech (9-9, 0-5) appeared headed to a fifth loss in six games without much fight.

Then the desperation kicked in.

The Yellow Jackets went on an 18-2 run, briefly taking a two-point lead. Boston College steadied, though, and it took two free throws by Iman Shumpert with 14.5 seconds remaining in regulation to tie it at 66.

"We really weren't disciplined when they were pressing," Eagles coach Al Skinner said.

"When we executed, we got good things out of it," Rice said. "When we didn't, you see what happens."

Georgia Tech started the OT well, taking a three-point lead. But Boston College then scored eight straight points and the Yellow Jackets didn't have another comeback in them.

"There's no question, they're down," Hewitt said. "The locker room is very quiet."

Gani Lawal, a sophomore from Norcross, had his 11th double-double of the season - the most for an ACC player. But his 14 points and 10 rebounds weren't enough.

Georgia Tech was better at the foul line, making 14 of 19. But three of the misses came late in regulation and another in overtime.

Yellow Jackets were mainly done in again by turnovers, committing 20. That is their average during their five ACC losses.