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Jackets' dream ends

By Billy Corriher

After surviving a series of agonizingly close games, Georgia Tech ran into a dominating Connecticut team, falling to the Huskies 82-73 in the NCAA final Monday in San Antonio.

The Yellow Jackets had captivated students, alumni and basketball fans throughout the state with a strong regular season and amazing run through the NCAA tourney. Tech students were proud of their team's effort.

Georgia Tech Senior Allison McMillan, from Morrow, watched the game Monday night with other students at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

"The campus is really excited for this team," McMillan said.

Though she was surprised by how well the Yellow Jackets played this year, McMillan said she knew the team could do well after beating Connecticut in the Preseason NIT semifinals last November.

"The season ended and their momentum just kept growing," she said. "Our team is a great group of guys."

McMillan said it also nice for Georgia Tech to get all the positive publicity it's received during her senior year.

"It's been great," she said. "I can't imagine a better way for me to leave Tech."

The Georgia Tech campus closed to everyone but students and staff at 7 p.m. Monday so the university could hold a block party outside Alexander Memorial Coliseum after the game.

Randy Abel, manager of Caf? Hot Wing 6 in Jonesboro, got everything ready for a big crowd at his restaurant for Monday's game.

"It got pretty wild Saturday night (when Georgia Tech defeated Oklahoma State)," he said.

Abel said fans of the Yellow Jackets have been coming out to watch the team throughout the tournament.

"You can always tell them by their black and gold," he said.