Friday March 13, 2009
ATLANTA (AP) -- Derwin Kitchen scored the go-ahead layup with 7.7 seconds left as No. 22 Florida State beat Georgia Tech 64-62 on Friday to deny the Yellow Jackets a second straight ACC tournament upset.
Florida State (24-8) ended a streak of 11 straight losses in the quarterfinals while advancing to the semifinals for the first time since 1992, its first year in the league. Toney Douglas had 25 points for the Seminoles, who face the Tar Heels again in Saturday's first semifinal.
Lewis Clinch scored 25 points for Georgia Tech (12-19), which beat No. 17 Clemson on Thursday.
Georgia Tech led 62-61, its first lead since 2-0, on Zach Peacock's baseline shot with 29 seconds remaining. Kitchen was fouled by Alade Amini on his reverse layup with 7.7 seconds left. After Kitchen made the free throw, Iman Shumpert's last-second attempt for Georgia Tech bounced off the rim.
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