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Lammers, Jackson Power Georgia Tech to 77-62 Win Over Southern

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The Josh Pastner era is off to a 2-0 start.

NCAA Basketball: Southern at Georgia Tech Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia Tech moved to 2-0 on the young basketball season with a 77-62 win over Southern University on Monday night.

The Jackets and Jags traded baskets in the opening minutes of the game, with the Yellow Jackets turning the ball over nine times and struggling on the boards. Southern was down just a point midway through the first half. But Tech would close the half on a 19-4 run fueled by Tadric Jackson’s 13 first half points and head into the locker room with momentum.

But in the second half, Southern would go on a 10-0 run to cut the Tech lead to seven in the midst of a five-minute scoring drought for the Jackets. Georgia Tech struggled to score at times in the second half, but they played well enough to come out with the win.

Ben Lammers finished with 13 points, 15 rebounds and 9 blocks, just nearly missing the first Tech triple-double since Iman Shumpert in 2011.

Tadric Jackson scored a career high 20 points on 8-11 FG off the bench. Freshman Josh Okogie also added 18 points in the Tech victory.

While Tech struggled at times, Lammers, Jackson and Okogie showed what we might be able to expect this season. And if those guys play like they did Monday night, the Jackets might be able to surprise some teams this year.

Tech welcomes the 2-0 Ohio Bobcats to McCamish Pavilion on Friday.