ACC Tournament: Florida State 64, Georgia Tech 62
ATLANTA ó For more than 39 minutes, Florida State and Georgia Tech leaned on high-scoring guards Toney Douglas and Lewis Clinch.
With the ACC tournament game on the line in the final seconds, each team had to turn to another guard. Seminoles sophomore Derwin Kitchen delivered; Yellow Jackets freshman Iman Shumpert didn’t.
Kitchen’s three-point play with 7.7 seconds left on Friday gave the No. 22 Seminoles a 64-62 win over the Yellow Jackets, whose season ended when Shumpert’s last-second attempt bounced off the rim.
A relieved Douglas pounded the floor twice as Shumpert and other Georgia Tech players fell to their hands and knees in disappointment.
“He can’t hang his head too low,” Clinch said of Shumpert. “He’s got to get prepared for his future.”
Florida State (24-8) ended a streak of 11 straight losses in the quarterfinals while advancing to the semifinals for the first time since 1992, its first year in the league. Douglas had 25 points for the Seminoles, who will face the Tar Heels in Saturday’s first semifinal.
“We always want to play the top team in the league and in the country,” Douglas said.
The Seminoles barely survived against the worst team in the league. Georgia Tech managed only two conference wins in the regular season and was the No. 12 seed in the tournament.
Clinch scored 25 points for Georgia Tech (12-19), which beat No. 17 Clemson on Thursday and came close to another upset. Clinch was looking for a shot at a possible game-winner.
“Oh yeah, I wanted it at the end,” Clinch said. “Unfortunately, I didn’t get it but Iman got a good shot off.”
Georgia Tech led 62-61, its first lead since 2-0, on Zach Peacock’s baseline shot with 29 seconds remaining.
Florida State called a timeout with 24.9 seconds left. With three Georgia Tech defenders surrounding Douglas, the Seminoles had to call for another timeout with 9.9 seconds left.
“When I brought the ball upcourt, they trapped me,” Douglas said. “I told my teammates to make them pay for it. … I guess everybody knew the play was for me.”
The revised plan for Kitchen was more of a surprise to Georgia Tech.
“We weren’t able to make a stop on the defensive end,” Shumpert said. “A lot of that’s on my part, just playing the wrong way. … Douglas was the decoy.”
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