Feb. 14, 1998

Cavs Fall to Georgia Tech by 19

Game Box Score

ATLANTA (AP) - Matt Harpring scored 21 points and Michael Maddox and Dion Glover each added 20 points as Georgia Tech cruised to a 105-86 victory over the struggling Cavaliers, who lost their seventh in a row.

The Yellow Jackets hit a season-best 14 3-pointers, two shy of the school record of 16 set in 1995 against North Carolina and Boston College.

Tech (16-9, 5-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) hit on 11-of-18 3's (61 percent) and 20-of-32 (62.5 percent) from the field overall to take a commanding 58-35 lead at halftime over the Cavaliers (10-15, 2-10 ACC).

For the game, Tech was 36-of-70 (51 percent) from the field, 14-of-29 (48 percent) from 3-point range.

Maddox contributed 13 first-half points, including 3-of-5 3-pointers, as Tech made six straight for an early 24-14 lead, then broke from a 27-22 lead with 11:45 left as Jason Floyd and T.J. Vines came off the bench and continued the 3-point binge.

Both Floyd and Vines each connected on 2-of-3 shots from beyond the 3-point stripe as Tech, perhaps playing its finest basketball of the season, won its second in a row and third in four games.

The Yellow Jackets' only loss during this stretch was a 107-100 loss in two overtimes to No. 1 North Carolina on Sunday.

Tech wound up with six players in double figures. In addition to Harpring, Maddox and Glover, Floyd had 13, Alvin Jones 12 and Vines 10. Starting point guard Travis Spivey added nine points.

Virginia's Curtis Staples, who leads the nation with an average of 4.3 3-point goals a game, tied the school record of nine he set two years ago as a sophomore against Nevada-Las Vegas. He was 9-of-15 from 3-point land and had 31 points overall.

Norman Nolan added 24 for the Cavaliers. He had 14 points in the opening half for Virginia, which has lost 10 of 12, including a 83-65 loss to Tech on Jan. 14 in Charlottesville.

Tech opened its biggest lead to 30 points - 83-53 with 11:04 left and again at 99-69 with 3:09 left on a pair of free throws by Harpring.

Virginia never got closer than 20 points in the second half until its final basket - a 3-pointer by Staples seconds from the final buzzer.