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

streak.

Hamilton was delighted that Reid, a senior power forward

known mostly for his defense, gave Florida State an offensive

boost.

“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

work.”

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

open teammate.

“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

attempts.

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

Seminoles, either.

“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

play.”

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

under Hewitt.

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.