Created: Wed, 15 Jan 2014 04:15:27 EST
Updated: Wed, 15 Jan 2014 04:15:27 EST
No. 22 Pitt beats Ga Tech; still perfect in ACC
ATLANTA (AP) — Talib Zanna scored 22 points, James Robinson added 16 and No. 22 Pittsburgh pulled away in the second half, remaining perfect in the Atlantic Coast Conference with an 81-74 victory over Georgia Tech on Tuesday night.
The Panthers (16-1, 4-0) trailed 35-32 at halftime but quickly seized control after the break for their sixth straight win. Georgia Tech (10-7, 1-3) called a couple of quick timeouts, trying to stem the onslaught, but the Yellow Jackets were overpowered in the lane and couldn't prevent another victory by the conference newcomer.
Giving Pitt a bit of a scare in the final minute, Georgia Tech got as close as 78-74 before the Panthers sealed it at the free throw line. It was their closest victory of the season, the first 15 coming by an average of 17.8 points.
Trae Golden led Georgia Tech with 22 points.
No. 7 Florida tops Georgia, sets home-winning mark
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Michael Frazier II scored a career-high 21 points and No. 7 Florida handled Georgia 72-50 on Tuesday night, setting a school record for consecutive home wins.
The undermanned Gators won their 25th straight at the O'Connell Center, topping the previous mark set between March 2006 and November 2007. Two-time national champions Corey Brewer, Taurean Green, Al Horford and Joakim Noah did most of the heavy lifting in that streak.
This group, which has four seniors who have lost in three straight regional finals, barely acknowledged their achievement. They have loftier goals.
And if Frazier continues to play like he did against the Bulldogs, Florida (14-2, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) certainly could improve its chances of making a deep run in the NCAA tournament. Frazier made 7 of 16 shots, including 5 of 12 from 3-point range.
Marcus Thornton led Georgia (8-7, 2-1) with 11 points and seven rebounds.
Georgia hires FSU's Pruitt to head defense
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia has hired Jeremy Pruitt from Florida State as defensive coordinator only two days after losing Todd Grantham to Louisville.
Georgia coach Mark Richt said Tuesday he is "ecstatic" to hire Pruitt, who has coached on three straight national championship teams at Alabama and Florida State.
Under Pruitt, Florida State led the nation in scoring defense and ranked third in total defense while winning the national championship in 2013.
Before moving to Florida State, Pruitt was the secondary coach at Alabama for three seasons, including the Crimson Tide's national championship teams in 2011 and 2012.
With the Feb. 5 national signing day only three weeks away, Richt moved quickly to hire Pruitt, who is known as a strong recruiter.
Grantham left Georgia on Sunday to become Louisville's defensive coordinator.
Auburn hires David Benedict as COO for athletics
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn has hired University of Minnesota deputy athletic director David Benedict as chief operating officer for the athletic department.
Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs announced the hiring Tuesday for the newly created position. Benedict will oversee the day-to-day operations of the department.
Jacobs says Benedict "is a proven, results-driven leader with outstanding credentials."
Jacobs announced the new position in July, along with plans to hire a chief marketing officer. Ward Swift filled the latter position.
He says the Auburn's operating budget for athletics has grown from $47 million to $102 million since he took over in 2004.
Benedict had been Minnesota's deputy athletic director since 2012 responsible for supervising sports and student-athlete welfare.