ATLANTA (Sporting Alert) — Terry Rozier scored 22 points, including the go-ahead bucket with 22 seconds remaining, as No. 17 Louisville earned a narrow 52-51 comeback victory over Georgia Tech on Monday night.
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However, at the McCamish Pavilion, in Atlanta, Rozier made a clutch layup and Wayne Blackshear knocked down two late free throws for the Cardinals (22-6), who rallied from a 13-point deficit with under 10 minutes left in the contest to pick up their second successive victory.
Blackshear finished with 10 points and eight rebounds in the win for Louisville, who shot 37.0-percent from the field.
Louisville head coach Rick Pitino revealed after the game that he had to rally his troops during the times, after they began to fall apart and get down on themselves when during their struggles to make shots.
Forward Marcus Georges-Hunt had 13 points, five rebounds, three assists and two blocks to lead the way for Georgia Tech (12-16), which led 24-17 at halftime.
A Demarco Cox layup included the Yellow Jackets’ lead to 28-41 with 9:41 remaining in the game before Louisville started its comeback run.
Back-to-back three-pointers by Rozier and then another after a Montrezl Harrell layup and a bucket from behind the arc by Blackshear, paced the Cardinals in a frantic 14-2 run, as the gap closed to 43-42 with 5:35 to go.
Louisville then took the lead with 59 seconds remaining.
Georges-Hunt then tied scores at 48 for the Yellow Jackets with a driving layup with 25 seconds left before Rozier gave the visitors the lead again and they held on for the win.
Victory saw the Cardinals improving to 10-5 in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings behind nationally ranked No. 2 Virginia, No. 9 Notre Dame and No. 4 Duke.
Georgia Tech, which fell to its second successive defeat and four in the last five games, dropped to 3-13 in ACC conference standings.