Yellow Jackets drop ACC opener

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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 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their fourth consecutive game 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," Yellow 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."

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

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

Peacock's 17-footer forced a 54-54 tie with 33 seconds left in regulation.

Georgia Tech ended the game with a 32.9 shooting 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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johnston.cliff 12/21/09 - 07:24 am
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As usual, the ACC will have

As usual, the ACC will have many very good basketball teams. Bring your best game or expect to lose.

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