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Game Recap: Tech tops Georgia College 98-76

The Jackets looked good in their first action of the season

NCAA Basketball: Georgia Tech at N.C. State Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Countdown to Tipoff: 15 Days

Georgia Tech took to the hardwood Sunday in an exhibition against Georgia College and came away with a 98-76 win at McCamish Pavilion.

With the Bobcats pressing early and looking to get up and down the floor, Tech enjoyed a comfortable afternoon offensively, shooting 52% from the floor including 48% (11/23) from distance. The Jackets displayed great ball movement, with 21 assists on 35 made field goals.

The attack was paced by a balanced effort that saw six players score in double figures. Stealing the show with 15 points was a new face for Tech fans in Bubba Parham, the transfer from VMI. Just as advertised, Parham proved to be a spark off the bench with a lethal outside shot. He made all five of his three point shots including several deep attempts and also displayed impressive quickness and passing ability.

It will be interesting to see how Coach Pastner deploys Parham, Jose Alvarado and Michael Devoe (who sat out today for precautionary reasons), as all figure to play large roles in the team’s back-court.

Also scoring in double figures were Moses Wright (12), Alvarado (14), Evan Cole (13) and Khalid Moore (13), with each player bringing something different to the table.

Cole really stood out in my eyes, as he looks to have bulked up in the off-season and showed great efficiency in finishing around the basket. He often got pushed and played off the floor as a freshman, but his presence in the front-court rotation will be key this season in an area where the Jackets lack depth.

The Jackets struggled to take care of the ball, picking up where they left off last season, as they had 17 turnovers that led to 29 Bobcat points. They also didn’t do a great job contesting on outside shots at times, allowing 11 three-pointers.

Leading the way for Georgia College was Jordan Thomas with 26 points.

It will be a step up in competition next week for Tech, as they face Alabama on October 27th in another exhibition.