ATLANTA (Ticker) -- In Maryland's return to the city of its greatest triumph, a pair of Maryland natives took it to the Terrapins.
Freshman Jarrett Jack scored a season-high 20 points and Marvin Lewis added 17 as Georgia Tech extended its home winning streak to 13 games with a 90-84 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over the eighth-ranked Terrapins.
Maryland (14-6, 6-3 ACC) made its first trip to Atlanta since defeating Kansas and Indiana here to capture its first national title in April. But the defending national champions had trouble containing Jack and Lewis, who each grew up in the state.
Georgia Tech (12-8, 5-4) led by as many as 13 points in the second half, but Maryland rallied and got within 82-80 on a 3-pointer by Drew Nicholas with 62 seconds left. The Yellow Jackets took time off the clock before Jack banked in a 3-pointer from the top of the key 33 seconds later for a five-point cushion.
"The play broke down," Yellow Jackets coach Paul Hewitt said. "We ran a pick-and-roll to a back screen and we actually wanted to run it again. Silly freshman - he just kind of went and did his own thing. Lucky for us."
"When things aren't going well, those things happen," Maryland coach Gary Williams said.
Jack scored five straight points to trigger a 14-0 run in the first half that gave Georgia Tech the lead for good. Isma'il Muhammad's basket capped it and opened up a 31-22 advantage with just under five minutes left.
B.J. Elder scored 23 points to lead the Yellow Jackets, who won for just the third time in the last 15 meetings with the Terrapins. Georgia Tech shot 81 percent (25-of-31) at the foul line to help cement the victory.
"(Elder is) college basketball's biggest secret," Hewitt said. "But as long as he keeps dropping 23, 25 against quality teams, he can remain a secret."
Maryland has lost consecutive ACC games for the first time since three straight conference losses from February 6-14, 2001.
"We're human," Williams said. "People are spoiled. We're a different team this year. There's no mental thing or anything."
Playing in front of former All-Americans Juan Dixon and Steve Francis, Maryland took a 22-17 lead on two foul shots by Ryan Randle with 9:18 left before halftime. But the Terrapins went cold and were scoreless for more than 4 1/2 minutes as the Yellow Jackets took control.
Freshman Chris Bosh drilled a 3-pointer early in the second half to give Georgia Tech its biggest lead at 47-34 and it was matched at 58-45 on a dunk by Jack with 13:42 left. Jack handed out eight assists and helped limit Terps point guard Steve Blake to 10 points and eight assists.
"If we can get everybody chipping in like that, we're going to continue to play some pretty good basketball," Hewitt said. "It was a good win for us. We beat an excellent Maryland team."
Nicholas started to heat up and completed a four-point play to cut the deficit to 71-66 with 7:39 remaining. Nicholas led Maryland with 18 points, but made only 6-of-19 shots.
But Maryland did not compete well enough on the defensive end, allowing Tech to shoot 61 percent (14-of-23) in the second half. The Terps have allowed an average of 88 points in their last two games.
"We haven't played with the intensity we need," Williams said.
Freshman Nik Caner-Medley scored 12 of his season-high 14 points in the first half for Maryland and Randle also finished with 14. The Terrapins shot just 33 percent (15-of-45) in the first half.
Ed Nelson grabbed 12 rebounds as Georgia Tech lost the battle on the boards, 38-37. Jack made 6-of-9 shots and 7-of-9 at the line in front of his favorite player, former Tech great Stephon Marbury.
The contest drew 23 scouts representing 18 NBA teams and many were in attendance to see the 6-11 Bosh, who was averaging 18.0 points and 8.4 rebounds in his last seven games. Bosh got into foul trouble, but still managed his eighth double-double with 10 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks.