ATLANTA — Scott Vandermeer scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half and Josh Mayo added 11 of his 17 points in the closing minutes to lead Illinois-Chicago to a 66-60 win over Georgia Tech on Sunday.
Jeremy Buttell hit a 3-point basket with 42 seconds left to break a tie and give Illinois-Chicago a 60-57 lead, helping the Flames (6-2) to their fifth straight win.
Georgia Tech (5-2) was led by Zach Peacock with 14 points. Gani Lawal added 11.
Mayo scored his 11 points in the final 5:21 of the game, including a pair of free throws with 25 seconds left for a 62-57 lead before Georgia Tech’s Nick Foreman hit a 3-pointer to get within 62-60 with 14.7 seconds left. Vandermeer, however, added two free throws less than two seconds later and Mayo finished the scoring with a layup at the final buzzer.
Vandermeer, only 1-for-5 in the opening half, hit on 7 of 10 field goals in the second half. Mayo, meanwhile, scored only six points in the opening half and had none until 5:21 remained in the game.
Tech took its last lead at 49-48 on a basket by Lawal, the Yellow Jackets’ leading scorer (19.8 per game). Lawal had only two points in the first half, and sat out more than eight minutes in the second after getting his third foul 4 seconds into the second half.
Georgia Tech led 32-30 at the half with Peacock scoring 10 points.
Mayo, Illinois-Chicago’s leading scorer (21.0), had hit on 75 percent 3-pointers (18 of 24) in his previous three games and 54 percent overall (27 of 50). He was 1-for-5 on 3-pointers and 6-for-14 overall.
Flames’ coach Jimmy Collins won his 200th game in his 13th season at Chicago-Illinois.