Christmas late free throws help Orange edge Georgia Tech

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ATLANTA (AP) - Rakeem Christmas scored 18 points and hit the go-ahead free throw with 12 seconds remaining to help Syracuse edge Georgia Tech 46-45 on Wednesday night.

Georgia Tech's Chris Bolden missed apt straightaway 3-point attempt with 2 seconds left and Quinton Stephens blew a putback opportunity under the basket as the buzzer sounded.

Going nearly the final 9 minutes without a field goal, Georgia Tech (9-5, 0-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) took a second straight tough league loss following a double-overtime setback Saturday at then-No. 14 Notre Dame.

Charles Mitchell had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Yellow Jackets, who missed their final 11 attempts from the field.

Christmas' two closing free throws gave Syracuse (11-4, 2-0) a second straight narrow road win following Saturday's 68-66 victory at Virginia Tech.

Michael Gbinije added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Orange, who were visiting Georgia Tech for the first time.

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