Georgia Tech def Alabama A&M 66-46
ATLANTA – Alabama A&M was unable to overcome three substantial first half runs Tuesday night against Georgia Tech falling 66-46 at McCamish Pavillion.
Demarco Cox scored 13 points, and Charles Mitchell added 12 and had 14 rebounds, to power Georgia Tech to a 66-46 win over Alabama A&M on Tuesday night.
Cox, a 6-foot-8, 276-pound senior transfer from Ole Miss was 6-of-8 from the floor. Mitchell, a 6-foot-8, 269-pound junior transfer from Maryland, grabbed nine offensive rebounds.
Georgia Tech (2-0) also got eight points each from Marcus Georges-Hunt, who added five rebounds, and freshman Tadric Jackson.
Alabama A&M (0-2) was led by Nicholas West with 11 points and Ladarius Tabb’s 10, brother of former four year letterman Demarquelle Tabb.
An 11-0 spurt punctuated by a Mitchell basket gave the Yellow Jackets a 13-6 lead. Georgia Tech then used a 7-0 stretch to complete a 20-5 run and took a 22-11 lead on a tip-in by Quinton Stephens with 6:29 left in the half. The Yellow Jackets stretched it out with a 10-2 run to end the first half for a 34-20 lead.
Alabama A&M got as close as 13 points when a layup by West with 13:56 left made it 43-30, but Georgia Tech responded with a 13-2 spurt that put the game out of reach.
Georgia Tech’s size prevented Alabama A&M from taking the ball inside and the Bulldogs also had little success outside. Alabama A&M shot just 36 percent from the floor and only 26.9 percent on 3-point attempts.
The Yellow Jackets outrebounded Alabama A&M 45-26, produced 40 points in the paint and scored 20 on second-chance baskets.
The Bulldogs continue to struggle on three point shots. They made only 7 of 26 against Georgia Tech after hitting 7 of 19 in the opener against Dayton.
Jackson State def Jacksonville 66-57
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Kaven Bernard scored 14 points and Jackson State made 19 of 20 free throws on Tuesday to beat Jacksonville 66-57.
Javeres Brent scored 11 points, including three 3-pointers, and Derrell Taylor scored 10.
Jackson State (1-2) was outshot 43.1 percent from the field (22 of 51) to 45.2 percent (19 of 42) for Jacksonville. The Tigers got good penetration on offense, scoring 30 points in the paint to 10 for the Dolphins, and scored 19 free throws to the Dolphins’ 10 on 23 tries.
Andris Misters led the Dolphins (1-2) with 16 points, Josh Adeyeye had 13, and Kori Babineaux scored 11 with seven rebounds.
The teams traded baskets and played to a 27-27 first-half tie, with the Tigers hitting 10 free throws.
Jackson State used a 14-3 second-half run capped by a layup by Bernard to lead 43-35 at 13:38.Dre’Sean Looney finished with six straight free throws.