Sunday, March 9, 2008

GEORGIA TECH 86, BOSTON COLLEGE 78

Jeremis Smith had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead Georgia Tech to an 86-78 victory over Boston College on Saturday as the two schools finished their regular season and prepared for the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Georgia Tech (14-16, 7-9) finished in seventh place in the conference heading into next week's tournament in Charlotte, N.C.

Boston College (13-16, 4-12) lost its last six games and 12 of its last 13 to drop into 11th (with a tiebreaker edge over North Carolina State) in the 12-team ACC.

Tyrese Rice scored 17 with eight assists for the Eagles, who had earned a NCAA tournament berth in four consecutive seasons. Unless they win the ACC tournament - a tall task with top-ranked North Carolina and No. 5 Duke in the way - that streak will almost certainly end.

Using a fullcourt press, Georgia Tech forced BC into 20 turnovers. Rice turned the ball over five times, and Biko Paris also had five turnovers as the Yellow Jackets turned the BC mistakes into 30 points.

Boston College's Josh Southern (52) and Georgia Tech's Jeremis Smith, back, compete for the ball during the second half of a basketball game Saturday, March 8, 2008, in Boston. Georgia Tech won 86-78.

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