Virginia Tech rallies past Georgia Tech 78-77

Virginia Tech's' Devin Wilson, right, wrestles a rebound away from Georgia Tech's Kammeon Holsey (24) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

By MATT WINKLEJOHN
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) – Seth Allen’s free throw with three seconds left lifted Virginia Tech to a 78-77 win over Georgia Tech on Saturday, capping a furious free throw barrage that helped the Hokies rally from a 10-point deficit over the final 4:14.

Marcus Georges-Hunt scored 16 of his career-high 27 points in the second half for Georgia Tech (11-7, 1-4 ACC), but the Yellow Jackets were outscored 14-3 at game’s end. They couldn’t keep the Hokies (12-6, 4-1) off the free throw line.

Zach LeDay led Virginia Tech with 21 points and seven rebounds. His 10-foot jumper with 57 seconds left in the game was good for a 77-75 lead – the Hokies’ first of the game – and Georges-Hunt countered with a layup to tie the game 20 seconds later.

Virginia Tech did not call timeout, and held for the last shot.

Allen drove late in the shot clock, and after pump-faking a shot in the lane, he was fouled by Georgia forward Charles Mitchell with 3.4 seconds remaining.

He made the first three throw – the 23rd make of the second half by the Hokies – and missed the second. Virginia Tech made 23-of-27 free throws after halftime, and 28-of-36 in the game. Georgia Tech made 9-of-16.

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