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Miami Basketball Takes Care of GT on the Road, 75-68

Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

UM got a much needed road win this afternoon Vs Georgia Tech from Atlanta.

The 'Canes improved to 7-3 on the season in conference.

Full Story Courtesy UM:

ATLANTA (AP) -- Sheldon McClellan scored 22 points and Ja'Quan Newton hit a huge 3-pointer to lead No. 17 Miami to its fifth win in six games, 75-68 over Georgia Tech on Sunday.

In a game that was tight all the way, the Hurricanes (18-4, 7-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) were clinging to a 63-60 lead with the shot clock running down when Newton hurled up a desperation shot from the corner with 1:49 remaining.

Nothing but net.

Georgia Tech (12-11, 2-8) lost another tight one in the ACC, keeping the heat on embattled coach Brian Gregory. All eight of its conference defeats have been by less than 10 points, little consolation to a program that has struggled throughout Gregory's five-year tenure.

Marcus Georges-Hunt scored 19 points to lead the Yellow Jackets before a sparse crown at McCamish Pavilion.

Miami made nine straight free throws in the final minute to seal the victory.

The margin was never more than seven points, but Miami tenaciously led throughout the second half after being up 33-32 at the break.

The Yellow Jackets came in as one of the nation's top rebounding teams, but Miami held its own in the lane. Georgia Tech managed just a 31-30 edge on the boards and got little production out of its big men, tumbling to its sixth loss in seven games. Nick Jacobs and Charles Mitchell were held to eight points apiece.

Davon Reed had 15 points for Miami, while Newton finished with 14 and Kamari Murphy chipped in 10. The Hurricanes connected on 15 of 21 at the free throw line, making all but two of 14 attempts in the second half. McClellan kept up his trend of getting stronger as the game goes on, scoring 13 points over the final 20 minutes.

Georgia Tech got 14 points from Adam Smith and 13 from Tadric Jackson.


TIP-INS

Miami: McClellan came into the game with the eighth-best shooting percentage (.527) among guards. He improved on that by making 7 of 9 from the field. ... The Hurricanes improved to 12-8 in its series against Georgia Tech and 5-2 under coach Jim Larranaga. ... Point guard Angel Rodriguez has 23 assists and just three turnovers over the past three games.

Georgia Tech: Dropped to 1-5 against ranked teams this season. ... Made only 9 of 16 free throws, including a crucial miss by Jackson on the front end of a 1-and-1 with 1:07 remaining. ... The Yellow Jackets had been outrebounding their opponents by an average of 7.6 per game, ranking third in the ACC.


UP NEXT

Miami hosts Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

Georgia Tech hosts Wake Forest on Wednesday.

Highlights:

Box Score:

Miami (FL) Hurricanes
STARTERS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Tonye Jekiri, C 4-8 0-0 0-0 1 8 9 1 1 0 1 1 8
Kamari Murphy, F 4-5 0-0 2-2 1 2 3 0 0 0 2 1 10
Davon Reed, G 6-11 1-3 2-4 1 3 4 2 1 0 0 1 15
Angel Rodriguez, G 0-6 0-2 0-0 2 1 3 6 0 0 1 5 0
Sheldon McClellan, G 7-9 2-2 6-8 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 3 22
BENCH FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Ivan Cruz Uceda, F 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Anthony Lawrence Jr., F 2-4 0-2 1-2 2 1 3 3 0 1 0 2 5
Ja'Quan Newton, G 5-11 1-1 3-3 1 3 4 2 2 0 2 2 14
James Palmer, G 0-2 0-1 1-2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
28-57 4-12 15-21 10 20 30 14 4 2 6 15 75
49.1% 33.3% 71.4%
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
STARTERS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Nick Jacobs, F 4-9 0-0 0-0 0 4 4 0 1 0 0 1 8
Charles Mitchell, F 4-6 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 2 4 8
Marcus Georges-Hunt, G 6-14 3-5 4-7 0 2 2 1 0 0 2 4 19
Adam Smith, G 5-12 2-5 2-2 1 3 4 5 1 0 4 2 14
Josh Heath, G 1-1 0-0 2-2 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 2 4
BENCH FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Ben Lammers, C 1-1 0-0 0-1 3 3 6 0 0 3 1 0 2
James White, F 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
Quinton Stephens, F 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 2 0
Travis Jorgenson, G 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 2 0 0 1 1 0
Tadric Jackson, G 5-9 2-4 1-4 1 1 2 2 1 0 1 3 13
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
26-52 7-14 9-16 10 21 31 13 3 3 14 20 68
50.0% 50.0% 56.3%