It was a wet, rainy night outside McCamish Pavilion in Midtown Atlanta, but the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets opened the offensive floodgates indoors against the Colgate Raiders as they cruised to a 76-60 in the second of a three-game homestand to wrap non-conference play.
Neither team had trouble finding the net in the first half, with Tech shooting 54.8% from the field and Colgate at 47.8%. But the Jackets held a 17-10 edge on the boards and, despite falling behind 14-13 with 11:56 remaining in the first, opened things up with a 19-6 run spanning just over seven minutes to go up 32-20 with 3:46 remaining. Tech grew their advantage to as much as 22 points in the second half, thanks to a 9-0 run midway through the frame and a nearly four-minute scoring drought by the Raiders, to put the game away for good.
The story in this one was the collective performance of Adam Smith and Charles Mitchell. The duo dropped in 20 and 18 points, respectively, despite a light night by Marcus Georges-Hunt (just seven points in 24 minutes). Tech won the rebounding battle, 34-21, holding a 12-5 edge on the offensive boards and turning those into 16 second chance points to the Raiders' 7. They also committed just seven turnovers all evening. While Colgate shot the ball efficiently (50% for the game), the Jackets were able to clamp down on defense when they needed to, essentially winning the game behind their 9-0 spurt in the second while holding the visitors without a point during much of that span.
Georgia Tech improves to 9-3 on the season and will welcome Duquesne for their non-conference finale after a few days off to spend with their families for Christmas. Tip time for Tuesday's matchup is set for 7:00.