Dec. 11, 1999
By TOM SALADINO
AP Sports Writer
ATLANTA (AP) - Unbeaten No. 3 Stanford hadn't played in two weeks, and it showed.
The Cardinal shot only 31 percent (20-of-65) from the field but managed to hold off Georgia Tech when Mike McDonald hit a pair of free throws with 32 seconds left Saturday in overtime to give Stanford a 64-61 victory.
"We obviously looked a little bit like we've been in the library for a couple of weeks, which we have (due to final exams)," said Stanford coach Mike Montgomery.
"The game will help us in the long run," he said. "It's not as good as we can play. It's not as good as we need to play."
Tech's Tony Akins, who hit a 3-point basket with one second remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime, had a chance to tie the game with six seconds left in OT, but his driving layup rimmed out.
Jason Collier, who led the Yellow Jackets (3-4) with 17 points, grabbed the rebound, but his follow spun out with two seconds left. Jarron Collins of Stanford (6-0) got the rebound and was fouled with .03 seconds left.
Collins made one of two free throws to send Tech to its fourth straight loss.
"It was like they say - close, but so far," said Yellow Jackets coach Bobby Cremins. "I thought that before the game that we had a chance to win. This was a great opportunity for us. If we could have held on and won here, it would have turned us around, given us the confidence we need."
Stanford's David Moseley had given the Yellow Jackets a life in regulation, making only 1-of-2 free throws for a 57-54 lead with 7 seconds left, before Akins canned his 3-pointer to tie it.
Moseley, who had 13 points, made up for that miss in OT, hitting a basket and both free throws with 1:29 left to give Stanford a 61-59 lead. Tech tied it on a free throw by Alvin Jones with 1:20 left and another by Jon Babul with 35.8 seconds left.
McDonald scored only six points in the game.
Akins added 16 points for Tech, Jason Floyd had 11 and Alvin Jones 10.
Because of final exams, Stanford hadn't played in two weeks, since beating No. 8 Auburn 67-58 on Nov. 27.
Tech, which fell behind 10-2 in the opening minutes, led 24-23 at halftime on a jumper by Akins 11 seconds before intermission.
Collier, held scoreless for nearly 15 minutes, scored seven straight to give the Yellow Jackets the lead at 18-16 with 4:54 left before halftime.
Jarron Collins, Stanford's leading scorer at 13 points a game, took only three first-half shots and scored one point.
Georgia Tech and Stanford had met only once before, a 67-65 Yellow Jackets victory on Nov. 28, 1986, which was Montgomery's debut with the Cardinal.
Stanford played without senior forward Mark Madsen, who averaged 13 points and 9 rebounds last year, but injured his hamstring in Stanford's opening game victory against Duke and hasn't played since.
The game was part of a Delta Air Lines Classic doubleheader at Philips Arena. No. 18 Wake Forest met Georgia in the other contest.