Feb. 7, 2004
By ELIZABETH A. DAVIS
AP Sports Writer
KNOXVILLE - Marvin Lewis scored 24 points and B.J. Elder added 20 to lead No. 15 Georgia Tech to a 77-62 victory over Tennessee on Saturday.
The Yellow Jackets (17-5) grabbed the lead early in the first half and never relinquished it, avenging a last-second loss to the Volunteers in Atlanta last year.
Tennessee senior Jon Higgins hit a half-court shot at the buzzer to win 70-69 last season. The Yellow Jackets struggled to recover and finished 16-15, fifth in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Vols (11-8) needed more than one desperation shot Saturday because they had no answer for Georgia Tech's perimeter shooting.
Lewis was 5-of-6 from 3-point range, and Georgia Tech went 8-of-16 overall.
The Yellow Jackets took control in the second half with a 13-2 run started by two 3-pointers by Lewis. Elder finished it with a 3 and a pull-up jumper that made it 54-38.
Then Georgia Tech withstood a rally by Tennessee, which cut a 16-point deficit to six with a 13-3 run.
During the spurt, Lewis was called for an intentional foul when he hit Tennessee's Major Wingate on a breakaway layup. Wingate went to the bench holding his left arm, and John Winchester missed one of two free throws.
Georgia Tech restored its lead to 10 on a basket by Isma'il Muhammed and a tip-in by Lewis.
After that, the Vols got as close as seven. Tennessee coach Buzz Peterson was called for a technical foul when he slapped the scorer's table in protest of an illegal screen call that wiped out C.J. Watson's 3-pointer.
Will Bynum made both free throws with 4:55 to go to put Georgia Tech ahead 67-56.
Watson led Tennessee with 17 points, and Brandon Crump had 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Georgia Tech, which came in holding opponents to 37.7 percent shooting, held Tennessee to 30 percent from the field (18-of-60). The Yellow Jackets were 25-of-48 (52 percent).
Tennessee couldn't get warmed up behind the line. Scooter McFadgon, the Vols' most prolific 3-point shooter, was held to 1-of-7 from beyond the arc and finished with eight points.