GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Michael Devoe scored 20 points and Georgia Tech shot 52% after halftime to beat No. 15 Florida State 80-75 in Saturday night’s Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament championship game.
League player of the year Moses Wright added 15 points and eight rebounds for the fourth-seeded Yellow Jackets (17-8), who won their first title since 1993 and secured an automatic NCAA Tournament berth to end an 11-year drought.
Devoe was named the tournament MVP after making 8 of 12 shots, including a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 6:44 left.
Georgia Tech had been been trying to play its way off the bubble since early February, when it stood at 9-8 after a loss at Clemson on a last-second shot.
The Yellow Jackets haven’t lost since, with fifth-year coach Josh Pastner talking about the final week of the regular season and the ACC Tournament as “a great opportunity.”
No doubt about the NCAA tourney now, not after a strong finish against the second-seeded Seminoles (16-6) that had balloons falling from the rafters and the Yellow Jackets celebrating amid confetti.
Scottie Barnes had 21 points on 8-for-10 shooting for Florida State, which shot 56% but committed 25 turnovers that led to 31 points for the Yellow Jackets.
The Yellow Jackets were steady down the stretch, making 6 of 8 shots over the final 8 minutes as well as making 11 of 12 free throws in the final 90 seconds.
2021 All-ACC Tournament Team
Michael Devoe, Georgia Tech (MVP)
Jose Alvarado, Georgia Tech
Balsa Koprivica, Florida State
Armando Bacot, North Carolina
Buddy Boeheim, Syracuse
Jordan Usher, Georgia Tech
Scottie Barnes, Florida State
Mark Williams, Duke
Isaiah Wong, Miami
Kameron McGusty, Miami