Playing hard in Puerto Rico- SU Womens hoops beats Georgia Tech

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico - Elashier Hall scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead -/rv Syracuse women's basketball (5-0) to a 75-72 victory in overtime against rv/rv Georgia Tech (2-2) on Friday at the Mario Morales Coliseum in game one of the San Juan Shootout. While Hall recorded her first double-double of the season and fifth of her career, fellow seniors Kayla Alexander and Carmen Tyson-Thomas added 14 and 13 points, respectively, and freshman Pachis Roberts scored a career-best 11 points to give the Orange four double-figure scorers in a back-and-forth game that saw 15 lead changes and 12 ties. Hall made 3-of-4 at the free throw line in the final 20.8 seconds to seal the overtime win for the Orange. Her two makes at the line with 20.8 seconds left put SU up, 74-79, but Georgia Tech's Dawnn Maye hit a 3-pointer with 9.7 ticks left, giving her a career-high 26 points. Hall then made 1-of-2, upping the lead back three with 6.6 seconds left, but the Orange defense made the stop on the final possession to seal the win. SU trailed by one with 3:55 left in the extra period after Maye scored her team's 10th straight point, but Alexander and Tyson-Thomas scored key buckets at the 3:47 and 1:16 marks to put SU on top 72-69. Syracuse led by as much 10 in the second half, 46-36 on a pair of Hall free throws at the 15:09 mark, but the Yellow Jackets whittled away at the lead before taking their first lead of the second half, 58-57, on a Brittany Jackson hoop with 4:00 to go. Neither side led by more than a point for the rest of regulation until Tyson-Thomas hit a jumper with 33 seconds left, giving the Orange a 63-61 lead, only to see Maye score with 19 seconds left, forcing overtime. Syracuse did much of its damage at the free throw line, going 27-38 (71 percent) in the game, while forcing two of GT's top post players, Nariah Taylor and Danielle Hamilton-Carter, to foul out. Alexander went 6-of-6 at the free throw line, giving her 428 made free throws in her career, passing Nicole Michael's (2007-10) 425 for most in program history. The senior center also blocked four shots, running increasing her SU career record to 280. The Orange also held a big advantage in bench points, getting 30 points from its reserves to Georgia Tech's 14. Syracuse got 20 of its 35 first-half points from the bench as it took a 35-30 lead into the break. All three of SU's top scorers in the first 20 minutes were reserves: Roberts with eight points, Tyson-Thomas with six and Taylor Ford had five. The Orange concludes play at the San Juan Shootout in Puerto Rico on Saturday when it players rv/rv Virginia (3-0) at 2:30 p.m. ET.\

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