Seminoles outlast No. 22 Georgia Tech for OT win
Ryan Reid loved the game plan Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton
designed to defend Georgia Tech.
Match size with size. Seal off passing lanes. Make the Yellow
Jackets earn every shot.
“They have big strong guys,” Reid said. “We couldn’t let them
dunk on us. When they get into the post, they’re dangerous. They’re
a pretty good team.”
Reid scored a career-high 17 points, and Chris Singleton hit
the go-ahead basket with 1:05 left in overtime to help Florida
State beat No. 22 Georgia Tech 66-59 on Sunday night.
The Seminoles (10-2, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their
fourth straight and stopped Georgia Tech’s seven-game winning
Hamilton was delighted that Reid, a senior power forward
known mostly for his defense, gave Florida State an offensive
“He is the only senior we have on this team,” Hamilton said.
“He’s been our unsung hero for two or three years. He always seems
to take the toughest defensive assignments and does all the dirty
Zachery Peacock scored 17 for the Yellow Jackets (8-2, 0-1
ACC). Mfon Udofia added 12 points, and Derrick Favors pulled down
12 rebounds as Georgia Tech lost its fourth straight ACC opener.
“We went into the game feeling like we had to score in
transition before they could set up defensively, but we did not do
that,” Jackets coach Paul Hewitt said. “We shot early and quick in
the first half. In the second half, we did a better job moving the
ball around and getting some open shots.”
Reid scored on Florida State’s first two possessions of
overtime before Singleton banked in a one-handed runner to make it
61-59 and put the Seminoles ahead to stay.
On his first overtime basket, Reid hit a 15-footer from the
left baseline after Derwin Kitchen drove the lane and passed to his
“I’m not being big-headed, but I’ve been working on that
shot,” Reid said. “It just went down.”
Singleton missed his first eight shots from the field and
finished 0 for 6 on 3-point attempts.
Peacock, whose 17-footer forced a 54-54 tie with 33 seconds
left in regulation, hit a 3-pointer to begin OT and give the Yellow
Jackets their first lead since his runner made it 37-36 at the 9:47
mark of the second half.
But Georgia Tech ended the game with a 32.9 percentage on 70
attempts from the field. Gani Lawal scored a season-low four points
on 1 for 7 shooting, and Brian Oliver went 1 for 6 on 3-point
Lawal began the game tied for the conference lead with a 10.4
rebounding average. He finished with four.
“We all know Gani is an outstanding player, and a couple of
shots just didn’t fall for him, and we were able to get enough guys
around him,” Hamilton said. “At times when he got the ball, we had
about four or five guys around him, and that’s because we have so
much respect for him.”
The 6-foot-10, 246-pound Favors couldn’t do much against the
“They’re a pretty long team, so I guess the guards couldn’t
see a way to get into the post,” Favors said. “It did get
frustrating a little bit, but you’ve got to move on to the next
The Yellow Jackets, who hit only eight of 26 shots beyond the
arc, are seeking their second winning ACC record, and first since
the 2003-04 team advanced to the national title game, in 10 seasons
Georgia Tech went 2-14 in the conference last season, but
Hewitt is hoping his three starting freshmen, Favors, Udofia,
Oliver and Glen Rice Jr., can help turn the school’s fortunes.
“They’re good players,” Hewitt said. ”
Florida State, coming off a 10-6 ACC record last season, took
its fourth straight victory in the series.
Deividas Dulkys had 12 points, and Solomon Alabi finished
with 12 rebounds for the Seminoles.