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Rickert hits winning shot with nine seconds left

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Rick Rickert scored 17 points, including the
go-ahead turnaround jumper with 9 seconds left, and (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today, No. 20 AP) Minnesota beat Georgia Tech 64-63 Wednesday night in the ACC-Big
Ten Challenge.

Jerry Holman added 21 points for the Golden Gophers (3-0), who
beat Georgia on Saturday on Michael Bauer's 3-pointer at the
buzzer.

Ed Nelson had 17 points and Chris Bosh added 16 points and 12
rebounds for the Yellow Jackets (3-1).

Georgia Tech trailed by six points but cut the lead to 62-61 on
a three-point play by Bosh and then a steal and dunk by B.J. Elder
with 1:21 left.

After a turnover by each team, Holman's pass was tipped, and
Bosh got a long pass for an easy dunk to put the Yellow Jackets up
by a point with 25 seconds left.

Rickert then made his shot at the other end to give the Gophers
the lead.

The Yellow Jackets had a chance to win, but freshman point guard
Jarrett Jack lost the ball at the top of the key under heavy
pressure and a desperation fling by Marvin Lewis at the buzzer hit
the rim and fell out.

Switching baskets seemed to ignite both teams after an ugly
first half.

The crowd got into it, too, when the Gophers grabbed a 53-49
lead with under 7 minutes to go after an 11-0 run sparked by a
3-pointer by Rickert and a dunk by Holman.

The Yellow Jackets, 15-16 last year, have six freshmen and
sophomores among their top seven players.

Though the 6-foot-10 Bosh and 7-1 sophomore Luke Schenscher gave Georgia Tech a height advantage inside, the Gophers pounded the
ball early underneath to Holman for 12 first-half points.

The Yellow Jackets trailed 10-2 until Nelson made an off-balance
shot just outside the lane with 13:46 left in the half. They led
29-27 at halftime after committing 14 turnovers, missing seven of
10 free throws and shooting just 39 percent (12-for-31) from the
field.

The Gophers and Yellow Jackets both beat Georgia last week,
knocking the Bulldogs from the Top 25.

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