IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- B.J. Elder scored with less than a second
left to lift Georgia Tech to the Owens Corning NIT quarterfinal round with a
79-78 victory over Iowa Monday night.
With 6.2 seconds to go, Elder got the ball near midcourt,
dribbled to the key and backed up an Iowa defender into the paint
and hit a turnaround jumper with three-tenths of a second
Iowa inbounded the ball and Jeff Horner heaved a full-court shot
that bounced well short of the basket.
The win puts the Yellow Jackets (16-14) in the quarterfinal
round at Texas Tech Wednesday and one victory from its first NIT
Chris Bosh led Georgia Tech with 17 points and Ed Nelson and
Marvin Lewis had 12 apiece as the Yellow Jackets won for just the
third time on the road all season.
Elder's last-second heroics spoiled a thrilling second-half
rally by Iowa and a 27-point performance by Iowa's senior guard
Iowa (17-14) trailed by 18 points in the first half as Georgia
Tech's speed and quickness caused the Hawkeyes fits on both ends of
Trailing 36-18 with 7:44 to go, Iowa closed out the half with a
Iowa didn't take long to erase what remained of Georgia Tech's
lead in the second. A 3-pointer by Jeff Horner cut the lead to two
and Leslie gave Iowa its first tie at 44 with a fast break layup
with 18:44 to go.
The teams traded baskets for the next six minutes, but a putback
by Theodis Tarver gave the Yellow Jackets a 58-54 lead with 11:47
Then Leslie, playing his last game, hit a pair of 3-pointers and
another from the left wing by Brody Boyd put Iowa on top 67-63 at
the 7:32 mark.
But the Hawkeyes got into foul trouble, losing Greg Brunner with
3:00 to go after fouling Bosh. Bosh hit both free throws to put
Georgia Tech back on top 75-74 with three minutes left.
With 59 seconds left, Leslie put Iowa up by one when he scored
on a fast break. He was fouled on the play but missed the free
After Bosh was fouled by Glen Worley -- his fifth -- and sank both
free throws, Leslie drove the lane and scored on a finger roll with
17 seconds left, setting up Georgia Tech's final possession.
The teams played as evenly as the score suggests. Georgia Tech
shot 47.3 percent compared to 43.1 percent for Iowa. Georgia Tech
had 15 turnovers to 14 for Iowa, but the Yellow Jackets had a 38-27
Boyd scored 17 points for Iowa and Sean Sonderleiter chipped in
13 points and six rebounds.