CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Marcus Georges-Hunt scored 24 points and Georgia Tech earned its first Atlantic Coast Conference victory of the season by upsetting No. 23 Miami 70-50 on Wednesday night.READ MORE: Hundreds Of Motorcycle Riders Ride From Doral To Key Largo For Good Causes
The Yellow Jackets shot a season-high 57 percent, well above their season average of 41 percent, in part because they repeatedly drove inside for easy baskets. They scored 34 points in the paint.
Georgia Tech (10-10, 1-7 ACC) was off to its worst start in the league since 2002, and won for the first time since Dec. 30. Miami (14-6, 4-3) lost at home while ranked for the third time this season, with each defeat coming against an unranked team.
Six of the Yellow Jackets’ losses in the league have been by less than eight points, so they won with a blowout. Tech was in control from the start, making seven consecutive shots to lead 15-4, and Miami was never closer than six points after that.
The Hurricanes returned this week to the Top 25 after a five-week absence, but their latest stay likely won’t last long. Their top two scorers this season — Sheldon McClellan and Angel Rodriguez — combined for only six points.
Georges-Hunt had shot only 12 for 37 in the previous four games, but he went 10 for 12 while adding six rebounds and three assists.
Chris Bolden, making only his sixth start this season, added 13 points. Demarco Cox totaled 10 points and seven rebounds.
Tonye Jekiri had 13 points and nine rebounds for the Hurricanes, but their guards struggled. With the offense out of sorts, Miami resorted to a flurry of outside shots and went 6 for 26 from 3-point range.READ MORE: COVID In Florida: 2,482 New Cases, 22 Additional Deaths Reported Sunday
Six Yellow Jackets scored in the first eight minutes to help them build a 20-6 advantage. They were up 34-26 at halftime.
Georgia Tech scored on four consecutive possessions early in the second half to increase its lead to 41-28.
Georgia Tech: Forward Robert Samson left the game midway through the second half when he aggravated a hip pointer. He did not return, but the injury wasn’t believed to be serious.
Miami: Rodriguez went scoreless, shot 0 for 8 and spent much of the second half on the bench.
Georgia Tech plays host to North Carolina State on Saturday.
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