MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Rick Rickert was the hero for Minnesota this time.
Rickert's turnaround jumper with nine seconds left lifted the 17th-ranked Golden Gophers to a 64-63 victory over Georgia Tech in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.
Minnesota (3-0) won Saturday on a 3-pointer by Michael Bauer at the buzzer, posting a 72-69 victory over Georgia. The Golden Gophers let a six-point lead with just under two minutes left slip away, and Yellow Jackets freshman Chris Bosh dunked for a 63-62 edge with 25 seconds to go.
The Golden Gophers patiently moved the ball around before working it inside to Rickert, who was isolated on Bosh. Rickert turned to his left to drain his jumper and give Minnesota the lead.
"On the last series, I saw the time was winding down and I knew that I was going to get the ball and that I had to put it in," Rickert said. "This was a game that we probably should not have won, but we held on and found a way to get the win."
Rickert, the Big Ten Preseason co-Player of the Year, finished with 17 points and seven rebounds. He scored 14 points in the second half.
Georgia Tech (3-1) called a timeout, and freshman Jarrett Jack received the inbounds pass at the top of the key. Jack was stripped as he made his move at the foul line, and the ball was knocked loose toward halfcourt. Georgia Tech guard Marvin Lewis picked it up and fired up a shot from 40 feet that would have counted but banged off the back rim.
"We had a couple things set up (on the last play)," Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt said. "We wanted to drive the middle and maybe force the officials to make a call. But they did a nice job defensively on that play. They forced us to try different things. The try at the end there was our last resort."
Minnesota coach Dan Monson was not happy with the late-game heroics, but was pleased with the result.
"Last year, we lost some close games at the end," he said. "This year, we've won two. Our rally cry going into both of the last two games has been, we don't know who's going to win (it), but we're going to figure that out."
Jerry Holman had a huge game for Minnesota as he fell one point shy of his career high with 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Kevin Burleson handed out 10 assists.
"I feel more confident after having a year of experience under my belt, and I believe this team will continue to get better," Holman said. "We have a group of great players. Someone new has stepped up every night."
Bosh notched his fourth straight double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds for Georgia Tech, which fell to 1-3 in this event. Ed Nelson, last year's ACC Rookie of the Year, led the Yellow Jackets with 17 points, but he was held scoreless over the final 10 minutes.
Georgia Tech, which starts two freshmen and two sophomores, led through most of the second half and a layup by Nelson opened up a 49-42 lead with 10:39 remaining. But the Yellow Jackets were held scoreless over the next five minutes as the more experienced Golden Gophers took command.
Holman keyed an 11-0 run with a pair of baskets as Minnesota grabbed a 53-49 lead. Rickert drained a pair at the line to make it 62-56 with just under two minutes left.
"The key tonight was that we kept our composure and focused down the stretch, even after we got behind," Holman said.
The Yellow Jackets got a three-point play from Bosh and a streaking layup by B.J. Elder to slice the deficit to one with 87 seconds to go. Bosh scored off a steal for Georgia Tech's final lead of the night.
Elder scored 12 points, but he and Lewis combined to make just 8-of-26 shots. Jack had six assists but committed seven of the Yellow Jackets' 21 turnovers.
"All the turnovers were not surprising," Hewitt said. "We try to press a lot, so turnovers are expected. But look at us - we have a freshman point guard (Jack) on the road for the first time, in a hostile environment. He'll learn from this game."
Jack also displayed some of the athleticism that earned him the label as one of the top recruits in the country. He used a behind-the-back dribble to set up a scoop layup in the first half and later scored on a spinning drive.
Nelson grabbed eight rebounds as Georgia Tech won the battle of the boards, 42-35. But Australian center Luke Schenscher failed to contain Holman in his battle in the pivot. Schenscher also did not score and had just three rebounds.