Scores

Final

Georgia Tech 63

(3-1, 0-1 away)

(20) Minnesota 64

(3-0, 3-0 home)

    7:00 PM ET, December 4, 2002

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    GT 27 3663
    #20MINN 27 3764

    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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