Georgia Tech makes no mystery out of this game and finishes off the Alabama A&M Bulldogs 66-46.
Charles Mitchell led the way with 12 points and 14 rebounds. "We're asking him to have an expanded role," was Coach Brian Gregory's reaction to his big night. "I wasn't feeling my shot tonight so I had to attack the glass," said Mitchell. He picked up a technical foul for something that was said on the court halfway through the second half and took a seat on the bench for the rest of the contest, but the outcome of the game was already decided by that point.
The Bulldogs had no answer for the duo of Demarco Cox and Charles Mitchell. They combined for 25 points and 17 rebounds. The offensive rebounding was the key to taking control of the game. The team logged 20 offensive rebounds, including 9 from Mitchell alone.
Bolden may be starting to shake off shooting woes from last season. He hit a catch-and-shoot three early and had a couple of drives and finishes. He ended with 7 points on 3-5 shooting.
Corey Heyward saw his first action of the season since Jorgenson was held out as a precaution for his sore knee. The real benefactor was starting point guard Josh Heath, who had a couple of early buckets and nifty inside passes. He finished with 7 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds and 0 turnovers. His point guard play was important in what could be called a trap game after the big uga win. Even if Travis Jorgenson struggles with his health all season, we're in good hands with Heath. Asked about the smaller crowd, Heath said "games like these you have to bring your own energy".
Robert Sampson showed hustle diving on floor for balls, but picked up 2 early fouls. Still, Coach Gregory was pleased with his effort and defensive intensity.
The biggest negatives from the game were sloppy ball protection. Some of the passes were lazy and against a better team, that could spell bad news. Maybe the presence of Jorgenson would change that but for today it didn't matter.
The free throw shooting was again a thorn in Tech's side. They finished only 15-27 (55.6%) but that also included 2 front ends of one-and-ones missed.
Quinton Stephens picking up where he left off, nailing a three out of the halftime break. He also had a few nice tip-ins.
Marcus Georges-Hunt was somewhat quiet in the box score with only 8 points and 5 rebounds but he didn't have to do much tonight. Brian Gregory touted the lesser seen aspects of his game, "Marcus was exceptional tonight, his stat line won't show it".
Abdoulaye Gueye saw his first action at 3 minutes left in the half. He had maybe the most memorable moment of the game with a tip-in to beat the halftime buzzer off a Tadric miss.
Tadric looked in rhythm dribbling and creating space for himself but shots weren't falling. Jackson eventually finishing with 8 points on 3-11 shooting, including 0-6 from long range. "He just didn't make shots", said Gregory.
As a team, Tech shot poorly from three again, this time to the tune of 3 for 16. In addition, Gregory mentioned the assist to turnover ratio, an ugly 9:14 mark, was clearly not where he wanted it. It was not the most solid win Tech could've imagined, but it got the job done. Tech moves to 2-0 for the fourth straight season. Next up is Indiana-Purdue Fort Worth back in McCamish on Friday.