LAHAINA, Hawaii - Jeremis Smith and Ra'Sean Dickey, two junior big men on a team known for its freshman stars, dominated the boards in the second half and No. 19 Georgia Tech overcame a 19-point deficit for a 92-85 victory over No. 12 Memphis on Tuesday in the semifinals of the EA Sports Maui Invitational.
The Yellow Jackets (5-0) will play in the championship game tonight against the winner of the late semifinal between No. 5 UCLA and No. 20 Kentucky.
Memphis (2-1) took a 46-30 halftime lead using its speed and tenacious defense to go up by as many as 19 points. The 6-foot-8 Smith, who had 21 points and nine rebounds, and the 6-10 Dickey, who had 14 points and 10 rebounds, then took over the boards in the second half, especially on the offensive end.
The Yellow Jackets held Memphis to one field goal during an 8-minute stretch that started with 14 minutes to play. During that span, Georgia Tech had six field goals on offensive rebounds, two of which were part of three-point plays.