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Rozier leads Louisville past GA Tech

Feb 24, 2015 - 2:21 AM Atlanta, GA ( - Terry Rozier scored 22 points and led a late rally as No. 17 Louisville survived its first game without Chris Jones, beating Georgia Tech 52-51 on Monday.

Georgia Tech led by as many as 13 points in the second half, but Rozier led a 14-2 run to make things interesting.

Rozier hit three of Louisville's four triples during the flurry, which got the Cardinals back within one, 43-42. 3 1/2 minutes later, Wayne Blackshear tied it with a 3 from the left wing.

With 59 seconds to play, Rozier drove in for a scoop layup to give Louisville its first lead since it was 10-8 eight-plus minutes into the game.

Marcus Georges-Hunt went coast-to-coast for a layup to tie it after Chinanu Onuaku missed the front end of a 1-and-1, but Rozier countered with his own layup in response.

Onuaku then denied Travis Jorgenson at the rim, and Blackshear put the game away with a pair of free throws in the final seconds.

Blackshear added 10 points, Montrezl Harrell scored eight and the duo each pulled down eight rebounds for Louisville (22-6, 10-5 ACC), which avoided its first three-game road losing streak since 2011.

Jones, Louisville's starting point guard, was dismissed from the program following a violation of team rules. Multiple media outlets are reporting that Jones, a senior, sent threatening text messages to a woman he was allegedly in a relationship with.

Georges-Hunt score 13 points to lead Georgia Tech (12-16, 3-13), while Demarco Cox contributed 11 points and 11 rebounds in the near-upset.

Both teams started the game 4-for-13 from the floor and 2-for-4 from the foul line, and it was tied 10-10 near the midpoint of the first half.

Georgia Tech began to distance itself with three straight dunks by Robert Sampson, Tadric Jackson and Cox to take a 20-14 lead at 6:36. Jackson's slam inside the final minute sent the Yellow Jackets into halftime with a 24-17.

Game Notes

Charles Mitchell had a game-high 14 rebounds off the bench for the Yellow Jackets ... Georgia Tech shot 1-for-11 from 3-point range ... This was Georgia Tech's 10th loss this season by four points or fewer.