MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- Jarrett Jack was calm under pressure to help Georgia Tech eke out another win.
Jack scored the game's last four points in the final 30 seconds as the third-seeded Yellow Jackets held on for a 57-54 triumph over No. 6 Boston College in the second round of the St. Louis Region.
Georgia Tech (25-9) advanced to the "Sweet 16" for the first time since the 1995-96 campaign - Stephon Marbury's only year with the team. The Yellow Jackets, who pulled out a 65-60 triumph over Northern Iowa in the first round, face Nevada on Friday.
Boston College (24-10) took its only lead of the second half, 54-53, on Jermaine Watson's free throw with 60 seconds to go that capped a 12-3 spurt. Georgia Tech had sputtered on offense down the stretch when Jack put his head down and went to the basket, drawing a foul.
After Jack made his free throws to give the Yellow Jackets the lead for good, Watson missed and came down with the rebound, giving the Eagles another chance. But Jack stole a pass from Eagles freshman Steve Hailey and raced in for an uncontested dunk for a three-point edge with five seconds remaining.
"I kind of felt Steve Hailey drive to the basket, Luke (Schenscher) stepped over and kind of made it difficult for him to shoot it, and (he) tried to throw it back to Luke's man. I just stepped over and stole the pass."
Watson misfired a contested 3-pointer on Boston College's final possession as time expired.
B.J. Elder scored 18 points to lead Georgia Tech, which overcame a 22-point second half and 17 turnovers. The Yellow Jackets did it by forcing 22 turnovers and making life miserable for Eagles star forward Craig Smith.
Smith fouled out with two points, matching a season low, logging only 22 minutes. Anthony McHenry and Schenscher turned in some excellent low-post defense, considered one of Georgia Tech's weaknesses.
"We had two teams that went out there and really battled and they took away some of the things that we like to do and we worked really hard to take away some of the things they like to do," Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt said.
"Early on, Georgia Tech made a conscious effort to stop him and they attacked him every time," Eagles coach Al Skinner said. "He picked up a couple of chippies, a couple of cheap fouls and never really got into the flow."
McHenry also provided a nice lift on offense by making all four shots for a season-high 10 points. His basket with 16:15 remaining opened up a 44-33 advantage, matching Georgia Tech's largest before Boston College turned it up on the defensive end.
"When it got to 44-33, you could see them grit their teeth," Hewitt said. "We didn't react well to their stepped up-defense."
The Yellow Jackets managed only three baskets in the final nine minutes.