Tuesday, February 24, 2015

No. 17 Louisville Earns Gritty Road Win at Georgia Tech

(17) Louisville 52
Georgia Tech 51

Final from Atlanta, Georgia

Game recap by UL:

ATLANTA (AP)- Terry Rozier scored 22 points and darted into the lane to hit the go-ahead basket with 20 seconds remaining, helping No. 17 Louisville rally from a 13-point deficit with under 10 minutes to go for a 52-51 victory over Georgia Tech on Monday night.

In the frantic final seconds, Marcus Georges-Hunt tied it at 48 for the Yellow Jackets with a drive to the hoop, but Louisville (22-6, 10-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) took off the other way for Rozier's basket just seconds later. "I wanted Rozier to bring it back out," coach Rick Pitino said. "But there was no stopping him at that point. He was going."

Georgia Tech (12-16, 3-13) turned it over and had another attempt at a tying basket blocked. Wayne Blackshear hit two free throws with 4.8 seconds left to clinch the victory, offsetting a desperation 3-pointer by the home team just before the buzzer.

Louisville had lost three of its previous five games, tumbling five spots in this week's Associated Press poll.

Pitino senses his team is starting to turn the corner.

"I'm as proud of this basketball team as any game I've ever coached," he said.

The Yellow Jackets were seemingly in control after Demarco Cox made a layup for their biggest lead, 41-28 with 9:40 remaining. But Rozier made back-to-back 3s, and Blackshear also hit a 3 to highlight an 11-0 run.

Just like that, Louisville was right back in the game, sending the large contingent of red-clad fans into a "Let's Go Cards!" frenzy. They closed the game on a 24-10 run.

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