It’s been a difficult season for the Georgia Tech mens basketball team, but so far, Tuesday would have to be considered the highlight. Trae Golden scored 16 points, including a perfect 6 for 6 effort from the free-throw line over the final half minute as the Yellow Jackets defeated No. 7 Syracuse 67-62 at the Carrier Dome.
Syracuse (26-4, 13-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) had gotten to within 61-59 on a bucket by Michael Gbinije before Golden sealed Tech’s second road win in as many seasons against a top-10 team (March 6, 2013 against No. 6 Miami).
In the first meeting between the schools at the Carrier Dome since the eventual national champion Orange’s 92-65 victory in December, 2002, Tech (14-16, 5-12) led by eight at halftime, then by as much as 13 points in the second half. That was a 54-41 lead obtained when Marcus Georges-Hunt hit a pair of free throws at the 7:38 mark.
The Orange fought back, scoring 18 of the next 25 points, seven of which came from C.J. Fair, and it was a two-point game after Gbinije’s jumper with 34 seconds to play.
Daniel Miller had eight of his 15 points over an 8 1/2-minute stretch of the second half, which helped the Yellow Jackets build their lead. Tyler Ennis knocked down a 3-pointer with 7:17 to play that made it a 54-44 game and got Syracuse started on its run.
Fair led all scorers with 28 points and Ennis added 18 with seven assists for Syracuse, which since starting the year 25-0 have lost four of its last five games, including two straight at home to two of the ACC’s worst teams in Tech and Boston College.
Tech, which snapped a four-game losing streak Tuesday, will close its regular season at home Saturday when Virginia Tech visits McCamish Pavilion at 2:00 p.m.