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COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Georgia Tech hires Dayton’s Gregory to replace Hewitt

ATLANTA | Georgia Tech picked Dayton coach Brian Gregory on Monday to rebuild its beleaguered basketball program, which fell on hard times after reaching the national championship game in 2004.

Gregory told his Dayton players of the decision at an early-morning meeting, then headed to Atlanta to take over for the fired Paul Hewitt.

The 44-year-old Gregory had coached at Dayton for eight seasons, posting a record of 172-94. He guided the Flyers to a pair of NCAA appearances, reaching the second round in 2009 with an upset of West Virginia. Dayton also won the NIT in 2010, beating North Carolina in the championship game.