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ACC hoops: FSU seals off Ga. Tech in OT

ATLANTA - Ryan Reid loved the game plan Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton designed to defend Georgia Tech.

Match size with size. Seal off passing lanes. Make the Yellow Jackets earn every shot.

"They have big strong guys," Reid said. "We couldn't let them dunk on us. When they get into the post, they're dangerous. They're a pretty good team."

Reid scored a career-high 17 points, and Chris Singleton hit the go-ahead basket with 1:05 left in overtime to help Florida State beat No. 22 Georgia Tech 66-59 on Sunday night.

The Seminoles (10-2, 1-0 ACC) won their fourth in a row and stopped Georgia Tech's seven-game winning streak.

Hamilton was delighted that Reid, a senior power forward known mostly for his defense, gave Florida State an offensive boost.

"He is the only senior we have on this team," Hamilton said. "He's been our unsung hero for two or three years. He always seems to take the toughest defensive assignments and does all the dirty work."

Zachery Peacock scored 17 for the Yellow Jackets (8-2, 0-1 ACC). Mfon Udofia added 12 points, and Derrick Favors pulled down 12 rebounds as Georgia Tech lost its fourth ACC opener in a row.

"We went into the game feeling like we had to score in transition before they could set up defensively, but we did not do that," Jackets coach Paul Hewitt said. "We shot early and quick in the first half. In the second half, we did a better job moving the ball around and getting some open shots."

Reid scored on Florida State's first two possessions of overtime before Singleton banked in a one-handed runner to make it 61-59 and put the Seminoles ahead to stay.

On his first overtime basket, Reid hit a 15-footer from the left baseline after Derwin Kitchen drove the lane and passed to his open teammate.

"I'm not being big-headed, but I've been working on that shot," Reid said. "It just went down."

Singleton missed his first eight shots from the field and finished 0 for 6 on 3-point attempts.

Peacock, whose 17-footer forced a 54-54 tie with 33 seconds left in regulation, hit a 3-pointer to begin OT and give the Yellow Jackets their first lead since his runner made it 37-36 at the 9:47 mark of the second half.

But Georgia Tech ended the game with a 32.9 percentage on 70 attempts from the field. Gani Lawal scored a season-low four points on 1 for 7 shooting, and Brian Oliver went 1 for 6 on 3-point attempts.

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NO. 14 CONNECTICUT 60

CENTRAL FLORIDA 51

At Hartford, Conn., Stanley Robinson scored 26 points and the Huskies (7-2) came from behind to beat the Knights (7-4).

Robinson scored 23 of his points in the second half, helping UConn overcome a 9-point deficit.

Freshman guard Marcus Jordan, the son of Michael Jordan, led Central Florida with 13 points.

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CHARLOTTE 57, WINTHROP 47

At Rock Hill, DiJuan Harris scored 12 points, including five free throws during the final 2 minutes, as Charlotte held on to defeat Winthrop.

The 49ers (9-1) shot 80 percent from the free throw line in the second half (12 of 15), and were 5-for-7 after the Eagles (5-5) pulled within two points late.

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