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Alvarado, Devoe lead Jackets to OT win over Boston College

ATLANTA (AP) It's been a difficult year for Georgia Tech, so coach Josh Pastner is grateful to have a positive teaching point headed into the offseason.

''We had to grind it out and gut it out,'' Pastner said after his team's final home game. ''We found a way to get it done. I still believe we're getting better. It's not where we want to be, but our young guys are getting great opportunities and improving.''

Jose Alvarado scored 21 points, Michael Devoe added 20 points and Georgia Tech beat Boston College 81-78 in overtime on Sunday night.

Devoe was defending Ky Bowman when Boston College's star guard missed a 3-pointer off the rim as time expired in the extra period.

James Banks III finished with 18 points and nine rebounds before fouling out for Georgia Tech (13-17, 5-12 Atlantic Coast Conference). The Yellow Jackets had lost nine of 10.

Nik Popovic had 24 points and nine rebounds for the Eagles (14-14, 5-11), who were coming off a big emotional lift with a win over Louisville. Boston College dropped to 1-8 on the road in ACC play.

The Eagles erased an eight-point deficit in the second half to take a 67-66 lead on Popovic's hook shot, but Devoe followed with a layup on the next possession and Georgia Tech didn't trail again.

Boston College never led in overtime.

Bowman, one of four players nationally averaging 19.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.3 steals, missed 9 of 14 shots from the field and was just 1 for 5 on 3s. He finished with 13 points, six boards and four assists.

Alvarado hit a 3 at the 4:48 mark of the first half for Georgia Tech's first lead since the early minutes and followed with a fast-break 3 to make it 29-25.

''He did everything that a point guard should do,'' Devoe said. ''He came up huge for us today. We just listened to him and he led us to a win.''

The Jackets were up 40-33 at halftime, tying their biggest intermission lead in league play and posting their highest point total in an ACC first half this season.

''We lost the game in the first half,'' Eagles coach Jim Christian said. ''We didn't play as hard as we should have in the first half. We gave up so many points on the offensive boards in the first half and on hustle plays. When you're on the road, it's tough to dig out of a hole like that.''

BIG PICTURE

Boston College: Won seven ACC games last season, its best league finish since 2012-13, but BC still has a chance to match that mark. ... Jarius Hamilton limped off the floor after colliding with Abdoulaye Gueye late in the second half and headed to the locker room. He did not return. ... Freshman G Wynston Tabbs missed his 11th straight game with a left leg injury. He was averaging 13.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists when he was hurt. ... The Eagles were 3 for 17 beyond the arc.

Georgia Tech: Averaging 59.3 points in league play, the Jackets have been by far the worst offensive team in the ACC this season, but they finished with their highest total since a 92-79 win over Wake Forest on Jan. 5, a span of 17 games. ... In the last game of his career at McCamish Pavilion, Gueye had six points in 21 minutes.

UP NEXT

Boston College: Hosts No. 5 North Carolina on Tuesday and closes the regular season Saturday against N.C. State.

Georgia Tech: Visits N.C. State on Wednesday and plays next in the ACC Tournament.

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Key Players
K. Bowman
J. Alvarado
33.5 Min. Per Game 33.5
12.5 Pts. Per Game 12.5
3.3 Ast. Per Game 3.3
3.8 Reb. Per Game 3.8
41.2 Field Goal % 39.7
37.6 Three Point % 29.5
77.6 Free Throw % 75.5
  Defensive rebound by Jose Alvarado 0.0
  Ky Bowman missed 3-pt. jump shot 1.0
+ 1 Khalid Moore made 2nd of 2 free throws 10.0
  Khalid Moore missed 1st of 2 free throws 10.0
  Personal foul on Steffon Mitchell 10.0
+ 2 Jared Hamilton made jump shot, assist by Steffon Mitchell 17.0
+ 1 Jose Alvarado made 2nd of 2 free throws 24.0
  Jose Alvarado missed 1st of 2 free throws 24.0
  Personal foul on Jared Hamilton 24.0
+ 2 Nik Popovic made jump shot, assist by Ky Bowman 46.0
  Defensive rebound by Nik Popovic 53.0
Team Stats
Points 78 81
Field Goals 32-66 (48.5%) 31-61 (50.8%)
3-Pointers 3-17 (17.6%) 8-25 (32.0%)
Free Throws 11-15 (73.3%) 11-20 (55.0%)
Total Rebounds 37 35
Offensive 13 12
Defensive 21 22
Team 3 1
Assists 20 19
Steals 5 4
Blocks 6 3
Turnovers 6 9
Fouls 18 18
Technicals 0 0
24 PTS, 9 REB, 3 AST
21 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST
12OTT
away team logo Boston College 14-14 3337878
home team logo Georgia Tech 13-17 40301181
Team Stats
away team logo Boston College 14-14 70.8 PPG 39.5 RPG 12.3 APG
home team logo Georgia Tech 13-17 65.3 PPG 36.8 RPG 13.5 APG
Key Players
21
N. Popovic F 14.5 PPG 7.2 RPG 1.1 APG 52.6 FG%
10
J. Alvarado G 12.5 PPG 3.9 RPG 3.4 APG 39.2 FG%
Top Scorers
N. Popovic F 24 PTS 9 REB 3 AST
J. Alvarado G 21 PTS 5 REB 4 AST
48.5 FG% 50.8
17.6 3PT FG% 32.0
73.3 FT% 55.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Popovic 24 9 3 10/15 0/1 4/5 4 37 3 1 1 5 4
J. Chatman 15 3 2 7/16 1/5 0/0 0 42 0 0 2 1 2
K. Bowman 13 6 4 5/14 1/5 2/2 2 45 1 2 1 1 5
Ja. Hamilton 9 3 0 4/10 0/1 1/2 4 34 1 1 1 1 2
S. Mitchell 8 10 7 2/3 0/1 4/5 4 35 0 1 1 5 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Popovic 24 9 3 10/15 0/1 4/5 4 37 3 1 1 5 4
J. Chatman 15 3 2 7/16 1/5 0/0 0 42 0 0 2 1 2
K. Bowman 13 6 4 5/14 1/5 2/2 2 45 1 2 1 1 5
Ja. Hamilton 9 3 0 4/10 0/1 1/2 4 34 1 1 1 1 2
S. Mitchell 8 10 7 2/3 0/1 4/5 4 35 0 1 1 5 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Reyes 4 1 0 2/3 0/0 0/1 1 7 0 0 0 0 1
C. Herren Jr. 3 0 1 1/4 1/4 0/0 0 14 0 0 0 0 0
Ja. Hamilton 2 2 3 1/1 0/0 0/0 3 11 0 1 0 0 2
G. Gehan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Meznieks - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. DiLuccio - - - - - - - - - - - - -
V. Baker Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Kraljevic - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Wilson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Bohuny - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Holtze - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Jackowitz - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Tabbs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 78 34 20 32/66 3/17 11/15 18 225 5 6 6 13 21
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Alvarado 21 5 4 6/14 3/6 6/10 4 44 2 0 1 3 2
M. Devoe 20 3 4 8/17 4/9 0/0 0 45 1 1 0 2 1
J. Banks III 18 9 2 8/9 0/0 2/2 5 37 0 1 2 3 6
M. Wright 10 4 0 5/9 0/1 0/1 1 21 0 0 3 3 1
C. Haywood II 3 7 6 1/5 1/5 0/0 4 38 1 0 2 0 7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Alvarado 21 5 4 6/14 3/6 6/10 4 44 2 0 1 3 2
M. Devoe 20 3 4 8/17 4/9 0/0 0 45 1 1 0 2 1
J. Banks III 18 9 2 8/9 0/0 2/2 5 37 0 1 2 3 6
M. Wright 10 4 0 5/9 0/1 0/1 1 21 0 0 3 3 1
C. Haywood II 3 7 6 1/5 1/5 0/0 4 38 1 0 2 0 7
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Gueye 6 3 0 3/5 0/2 0/1 3 21 0 1 1 1 2
K. Moore 3 3 3 0/2 0/2 3/6 1 19 0 0 0 0 3
B. Alston - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Ogbonda - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Phillips - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Medlock - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Cole - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Jester - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Rice - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Schafer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Sjolund - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 81 34 19 31/61 8/25 11/20 18 225 4 3 9 12 22