GREENSBORO, N.C. — Michael Devoe scored 20 points and Georgia Tech shot 52 percent 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 Tournament 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.
Freshman Scottie Barnes had 21 points on 8-for-10 shooting for FSU, which shot 56 percent but committed a tournament-record 25 turnovers that led to 31 points for the Yellow Jackets.