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Shumpert leads Jackets past BC

ATLANTA -- Both coaches agreed that Iman Shumpert was the difference in Georgia Tech's win.

Shumpert scored 24 points, including nine straight late in the second half, and Derrick Favors added 14 points to lead Georgia Tech to a 73-68 victory over Boston College on Saturday.

Tech (19-9, 7-7 Atlantic Coast Conference), improved to 14-1 at home. The Yellow Jackets had lost three of four.

Boston College (14-14, 5-9) was led by Joe Trapani with 26 points. Reggie Jackson added 13 points and Corey Raji had 12 for the Eagles, who had their two-game winning streak snapped.

''Late in the game I thought Iman made great decisions getting into the high paint and shooting over his defender,'' said Tech coach Paul Hewitt. ''He made two shots that I thought really decided the game.''

With Tech leading 56-45 with 8:49 left, Shumpert hit four straight shots, including a 3-pointer, and the two that Hewitt referred to. They gave the Yellow Jackets a 65-53 lead with 4:06 remaining.

''When he's good, he's really good,'' said Hewitt, adding the difference in Shumpert, a sophomore guard averaging 9.2 points a game, is being aggressive.

''Yes. It's that simple. And decision making. I told him that the guy I saw in the last 10 minutes today is not allowed to leave until the season is over. Iman is the X-factor,'' said Hewitt.

''The real difference was Shumpert. He made some shots today that I don't know if he's been shooting that well this season,'' said Boston College coach Al Skinner.

The Yellow Jackets' biggest lead of the second half was 15 at 54-39 with 11:24 left and led 73-61 with 22 second left before the Eagles scored the last seven points.

Shumpert hit a 3-point basket on Tech's first possession and the Yellow Jackets went on to a 7-0 lead and never trailed.

Boston College had 21 turnovers and 10 shots blocked.

''No question about it. We mishandled the basketball, and it led to run-outs (easy baskets) for them. That's really what the problem is. It's one thing to turn it over, but it's another thing to turn it over and lead to run-outs for them. It gave them easy opportunities,'' said Skinner.

Tech led 37-30 at halftime. The Yellow Jackets had their biggest lead of the half at 30-16 with 6:50 left before intermission on a basket by Derrick Favors. Maurice Miller had five points in the run.

Boston College, however, went on a 14-3 run to get within three points, 33-30, on a 3-point basket by Joe Trapani with 2:22 left in the half. Tech's Zach Peacock scored at the 1:11 mark and Shumpert hit a layup at the buzzer for the 37-30 lead.

Tech was outrebounded 20-11 in the first 20 minutes but made up for it by hitting 14 of 27 shots (52 percent), including 4 of 8 3's. The Eagles were only 12 of 30 (40 percent) and had 11 turnovers and six shots blocked.

Both teams have two games remaining before the ACC tournament in Greensboro, N.C. begins on March 11.