With a strong shooting performance combined with some mistakes from their opposition, Georgia Tech led South Carolina 42-28 at halftime. That 14-point lead only grew in the final 20 minutes as the fourth-seeded Jackets led by as many as 31, as they rolled to an easy 17-point victory on the road against their region's 1-seed.
Georgia Tech was again led by its seniors, with Adam Smith taking the lead with 21 points. All of the Yellow Jackets' starters scored in double-digits, and Marcus Georges-Hunt approached a double-double with 14 points and 8 assists. As a team, Georgia Tech hit 51% of its field goals, including 50% from three-point range, and 80% from the free-throw line to boot. It was, top-to-bottom, another strong NIT performance for Georgia Tech.
The Yellow Jackets have now won both of their NIT games by a combined 36 points, continuing a pattern of strong performances they've produced late in the season. They've now won 8 of their last 10 contests and seem to be playing the best basketball they've played all season.
The Jackets advance to the Quarterfinals on Wednesday, when they'll go on the road again to take on either San Diego State or Washington at 9pm ET on ESPN2.