Trae Golden scored a season-high 24 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer with 3.6 seconds left, and the visiting Yellow Jackets survived as the 49ers’ game-tying basket at the buzzer was waived off.
Georgia Tech (9-4) squandered a nine-point lead with three minutes left, but Golden saved the Yellow Jackets with a 3-pointer from the right wing to make it 58-55. Marcus Georges-Hunt added 10 points while Daniel Miller grabbed nine rebounds and Robert Carter Jr. had eight.
Pierria Henry drove into the frontcourt for the 49ers and launched a 3-pointer that was good, but game officials overturned the basket after briefly reviewing video replay that showed the ball in Henry’s hand as the buzzer sounded. Denzel Ingram scored a career-high 20 points for Charlotte (8-4).
Georgia Tech led 51-42 with three minutes left after five consecutive points from Golden, and a pair of Golden free throws made it 55-50. Charlotte pulled within 55-52 on two Willie Clayton free throws and, after a Georgia Tech turnover, Shawn Lester buried a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 10 seconds left to even the score at 55.
Ingram scored 11 points in a back-and-forth first half in which neither team led by more than four points. Georgia Tech, despite scoring just two baskets from the field in the final eight minutes, led 27-24 at halftime.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Charlotte shot a season-low 33.3 percent from the field. … Georgia Tech opens the ACC portion of its schedule Saturday at Maryland. … Ingram’s previous career high of 16 points came last year in games against UNC-Asheville and Lamar.
No. 24 Colorado 84, Georgia 70
Askia Booker scored 19 points while sparking a pair of key runs and the host Buffaloes were 26-for-26 from the free throw line en route to snapping the Bulldogs’ five-game winning streak.
Josh Scott recorded his third consecutive double-double and sixth of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds as Colorado (11-2) improved to 9-0 at home. Spencer Dinwiddie scored 17 points, Xavier Johnson contributed 13 and freshman Wesley Gordon added 10 as the Buffaloes’ starters combined for 73 points.
Kenny Gaines and Nemanja Djurisic scored 12 points apiece for Georgia (6-5), which shot 50 percent from the field and the free throw line in its first true road game of the season while also playing against its first Top 25 opponent. Charles Mann and Brandon Morris added 11 points apiece.
The Buffaloes broke open a five-point game with a 13-2 run - including seven points from Booker - to take a 36-20 lead 5:28 prior to intermission. Colorado shot 50 percent from the field and made 12 foul shots in the first half while settling for a 46-35 advantage at the break after missing five of its last six field goal attempts.
Dinwiddie’s 3-pointer extended the lead to 14, but Georgia chipped away at the deficit and cut it to 57-49 on Morris’ trey with 10:17 to go. The Buffaloes responded with a 9-2 run, highlighted by Booker’s three-point play and jumper on the next trip down the court, and the lead didn’t slip below 11 the rest of the way.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Colorado improved to 53-7 at home in coach Tad Boyle’s four-plus seasons. … The Buffaloes, who entered the game averaging nearly six 3-pointers, made six of their first seven shots from beyond the arc before finishing 8-for-20 from long range. … The most free throws Colorado had previously made in a game without a miss came against Nebraska on Feb. 16, 1980, when it was 14-for-14 in a 56-55 victory.