Georgia Tech secured win number five of the season in dominant fashion on Sunday evening, crushing the Florida A&M Rattlers by a final score of 79-54 at McCamish Pavilion on the backs of Josh Okogie (19 points, 3 rebounds) and Moses Wright (19 points, 8 rebounds). The 1-win FAMU squad came into Atlanta seeking an upset but ran into the Okogie buzzsaw, who was playing in his first game back from injury and suspension, instead.
The Jackets got off to a hot start behind Tadric Jackson, who opened the game with two consecutive threes to make it 6-0 Tech. Ben Lammers and Josh Okogie would extend that lead to 10-0 at the 17:00 mark before Florida A&M was able to get on the board. The Jackets struggled to build the lead any further from that point, heading to the half up 35-22 behind a strong 5-5 start from Moses Wright.
The second half proved even more eventful for the Jackets, as Josh Okogie found his rhythm and Moses Wright continued his hot night with a number of highlight-reel dunks on alley-oops from Jose Alvarado and Okogie. Any lead-building issues that Tech faced in the early goings were exorcised quickly.
The Jackets were able to pull away with an astounding 19-0 run on the Rattlers over nearly eight full minutes towards the middle of the second half, starting with a pair of Ben Lammers free throws at 16:22 and ending when FAMU’s Nasir Core hit a free throw of his own at the 9:54 mark. From then on, Tech’s lead teetered around 40 points until the Rattlers were able to put together a quick run against the very end of the Georgia Tech bench which cut the lead to 25 — their final margin of defeat.
Ben Lammers added on 6 points and 7 rebounds of his own while Brandon Alston led all bench players with 9 points. Tadric Jackson and Jose Alvarado contributed 11 and 4 points, respectively, while both Evan Cole and A.D. Gueye played significant minutes.
Florida A&M is as bad a team as you could hope to play, but there’s no doubt that Josh Okogie is an offensive difference maker. The team’s NCAA Tournament chances are all but shot following the hideous losses to Grambling State and Wofford, but Josh Okogie could be the guiding light to another fun season of ACC play.
The 5-4 Jackets will be back in action on Tuesday night in the basketball edition of Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate.