February 13, 2020 / 3:55 AM / 16 days ago

Georgia Tech hangs on this time, beats No. 5 Louisville

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Feb 12, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets forward James Banks III (1) and guard Jordan Usher (4) reach for a rebound against the Louisville Cardinals in the first half at McCamish Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Jose Alvarado scored 18 points, and Georgia Tech never trailed while snapping No. 5 Louisville’s 10-game winning streak with a stunning 64-58 victory on Wednesday night in Atlanta.

Moses Wright scored 12, and Michael Devoe, who finished with 11 points, hit four consecutive free throws in the final eight seconds to seal the win for the Yellow Jackets (12-13, 6-8 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Georgia Tech ended an 17-game skid against Top 25 opponents while beating a top-five team for the first time since Jan. 9, 2016 — over then-No. 4 Virginia.

Georgia Tech, which failed to hold an 11-point lead in the second half of a 68-64 loss at Louisville on Jan. 22, led by the same margin Wednesday, but kept it this time.

With his team up 53-51, Wright blocked David Johnson’s layup with 1:32 left in the game. Wright then flipped in a layup to make it 55-51, and Georgia Tech ultimately held on to also snap a nine-game slide versus Louisville.

The Yellow Jackets shot 43.5 percent from the floor and went 20 of 28 from the free-throw line, while Louisville (21-4, 12-2) shot a season-low 33.9 percent and was 3 of 24 from 3-point range.

The Cardinals, who had won 10 straight ACC games for the first time ever, entered ranked fourth in the country in 3-point shooting at 40.4 percent.

Malik Williams and Johnson each scored 16 for the Cardinals. However, Louisville star Jordan Nwora, who entered tied for the ACC lead averaging 19.5 points, finished with two points on 1-of-6 shooting.

Devoe hit a 3-pointer for his first field goal of the night with 8:09 left in the game to put his squad up 46-39. The Cardinals got within 50-49, but Devoe converted a three-point play to push the Yellow Jackets’ lead to four with less than four minutes to play, and the hosts had enough to hang on.

Alvarado opened the game with a 3-pointer, and Georgia Tech made five of its first seven shots and used an early 9-0 run to lead 12-2. The Yellow Jackets pushed that advantage to 16-5 with 13 minutes to play in the first half and led 31-26 at the break.

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