GREENSBORO, N.C. – Georgia Tech’s Ja’von Franklin made the game-winning free throw with 0.3 seconds remaining to give the Yellow Jackets a 61-60 victory over Florida State in the first round of the ACC Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum. Franklin was fouled on a lay-up attempt and sent to the line. He made his first free throw and intentionally missed the second attempt to allow the time to expire and Georgia Tech escaped with the victory.
A desperation heave at the basket by Florida State’s Cam Corhen missed as the clock hit 0:00.
The win sent the Yellow Jackets into a second round game against No. 5 seeded Pittsburgh.
Georgia Tech’s Miles Kelly scored a game-high 21 points on seven made field goals and three free throws to lead the Yellow Jackets in the scoring column. Kelly led three Yellow Jackets in double-figure scoring as Franklin and Dallan Coleman each added 10 points of their own to the final score.
The Yellow Jackets outscored the Seminoles by an 8-7 margin in the final 3:39 of the game to advance to the second round of the tournament.
Georgia Tech started off the game with a 6-2 lead over Florida State, although this lead didn’t last long as the Seminoles went on an 8-0 scoring run to take the lead – a lead they held until the Jackets tied the game with 3:39 remaining in the second half.
Georgia Tech gained on the Seminoles to tie the score 60-60 with less than a minute left, and ultimately won the game on Franklin’s free throws.
Corhen earned his first career double-double with 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds that shared the team-high of points scored with Darin Green Jr. It was Corhen’s second game leading the Seminoles in scoring.
Florida State had a .414 (24-58) shooting percentage from the field, a .261 (6-23) shooting percentage from beyond the arc, and shot six for 12 (.500) from the charity stripe. The Seminoles scored 32 points in the paint and 15 points off the bench.