The Jackets started a big lineup to open the game against the dwags. Travis Jorgenson started at point guard, Marcus Georges-Hunt was at shooting guard, Quinton Stephens and Charles Mitchell were the forwards, and Demarco Cox started at center.
Using that lineup, the focus early was to feed the post and play physical basketball against UGA.
The defense was strong throughout the half, limiting inside shots and forcing UGA to shoot perimeter jump shots.
Off of defensive rebounds, the Tech big men have been feeding the outlet and letting Jorgenson push the ball up court. Brian Gregory said he wanted the offense to increase the tempo and that's exactly what they've done in the first half.
Jorgenson has done a nice job penetrating and feeding the big men on the break.
Tech got off to a quick start and opened the game on a 14-5 run.
Some hot shooting late in the second half by Quinton Stephens maintained the Jackets lead, and the Tech big men continued to clean up offensive rebounds.
Georgia had a late surge to end the half as Nemanja Djurisic hit a 3-point shot at the buzzer to make it 42-32 at the half.
The Jackets shot 48.5% in the first half compared to just 31.4% for UGA. The rebounding has been a huge factor in the game as Tech has 27 rebounds compared to just 17 for the dwags.
Mitchell leads Tech in scoring with 12 points on 5-6 shooting.
The Jackets defense may need to close out quicker on jump shots in the second half, because if Georgia starts knocking down some open shots, this will be a much closer game.