Georgia Tech Beats NC State 57-54 In ACC Semifinal

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- Derrick Favors had 17 points and eight rebounds, and Georgia Tech held off North Carolina State 57-54 on Saturday to reach the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship game.

Gani Lawal added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the seventh-seeded Yellow Jackets (22-11), who advanced after a frantic finish to face top-seed and No. 4 Duke on Sunday.

The 11th-seeded Wolfpack's hopes of being the lowest-seeded team to reach the final were dashed thanks to poor late-game execution. Javier Gonzalez had a chance to atone for a key turnover and intentional foul in the final 2 minutes, but he missed a game-tying 3-pointer in the final seconds.

Tracy Smith had 15 points for N.C. State (19-15), which shot 31 percent but used its pressure defense to rally from a 10-point halftime deficit.

The Yellow Jackets reached the final for the first time since losing to Duke in 2005.


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  • by Pass the Popcorn! on Mar 14, 2010 at 07:59 AM
    This as all so State College typical. They win a few games in an ACC Tournament that has seemingly been drained of all life and in an ACC that is the weakest in basketball that it has been in years. If you saw ANY of the Big East Tournament this year, it put the ACC to complete shame. But here's what will happen w/ NC State, because this is what ALWAYS happens- the two wins and few recent wins to end the season will make NCSU fans optimistic about next year. Then, they will again finish in the bottom half of the league. "Wait" they'll say, "we have great incoming recruiting talent". This is what they again ALWAYS say. They have not proved it in decades. In football, basketball, or baseball. Bass fishing, maybe. NCSU kings of the off-season, less than mediocre during the season. It's who they are. They get less bang for the buck than any athletic program in the country. Now, gloat away State fans, after all, it's your time, the off-season!
  • by gaaaaaaah on Mar 13, 2010 at 03:59 PM
    sadness :'(
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