After dropping a decision to Georgia on Saturday, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets started a three-game home stand on the right foot, dropping the Southeastern Louisiana Lions 75-62 at McCamish Pavilion.
It wasn't exactly a cakewalk for the Jackets late as they let the Lions hang around a little as time winded down, but they opened up a lead as large as 24 with 16:27 remaining in the contest to give themselves a little breathing room. They shot 38.2% from the field in the first half while allowing Southeastern to 32.1% from the floor, but the difference was behind the arc - Tech was 6-17 from distance in the opening 20 minutes, while the Lions were 0-7. The second half was a different story - Southeastern scorched the nets, going 16-27 from the floor (4 for 9 from three), but the Jackets had some leeway and were able to close out the win in the end.
Four Jackets hit double figures, led by Adam Smith's 16 points on 4 of 7 shooting. Charles Mitchell and Marcus Georges-Hunt chipped 14 a piece, while Mitchell enjoyed a double-double as he tore down a game-high 15 boards. James White notched a double-double of his own (12 and 13). On the other end, Joshua Filmore led all scores with 20.
A key to the Tech win was their dominance on the glass, outrebounding the Lions 43-29 (15-6 on the offensive side and a 19-6 scoring edge in second-chance opportunities). However, allowing an opponent to shoot nearly 60% in a half isn't ideal, and it's something Brian Gregory and the staff will be sure to highlight during the film sessions this week.
The Jackets return to the court on Wednesday as Colgate comes to town. It's a 7:00 tip at McCamish Pavilion.