Tech beaten by Ir­ish, 69-59

Yel­low Jack­ets shot 40.7 per­cent but turned the ball over 14 times.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - SPORTS - By John Fin­eran

SOUTH BEND, IND. — T. J. Gibbs scored 20 points, D.J. Har­vey added 18 and John Mooney had his 15th dou­ble-dou­ble of the sea­son as Notre Dame beat Ge­or­gia Tech 69-59 Sun­day night.

Com­ing off a 62-47 loss at Mi­ami last Wed­nes­day, the Ir­ish (13-11, 3-8 At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence) won for only the sec­ond time in their last seven. Notre Dame shot just 32.8 per­cent (21 of 64).

Michael Devoe scored 18 points and Ab­doulaye Gu­eye added 12 for the Yel­low Jack­ets (11-13, 3-8) who lost for the fifth straight time since a 63-61 vic­tory over Notre Dame on Jan. 22 in At­lanta.

Ge­or­gia Tech shot 40.7 per­cent (22 of 54) but turned the ball over 14 times, six more than the Ir­ish, and was out­re­bounded 45-39.

The first half was one of scor­ing droughts — one by the Ir­ish of 7:49 be­tween two by the Yel­low Jack­ets of 3:32 and 4:28 — and fit­tingly ended with Notre Dame’s Nate Laszewski block­ing Devoe’s run­ner at the buzzer that left Ge­or­gia Tech with a 25-24 half­time lead.

Jose Al­varado’s 3-pointer, Tech’s only bas­ket in its first five at­tempts to start the sec­ond half, was fol­lowed by a 9-0 run by the Ir­ish. Har­vey hit a 3-pointer from the corner for a 33-28 lead, forc­ing a Ge­or­gia Tech time­out with 16:41 to play. But a pair of free throws and Kris­tian Sjol­und’s 3-pointer from the corner erased that lead in 52 sec­onds.

Mooney’s layup with 4:12 to go gave the Ir­ish a 54-44 lead and they cruised from there.

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