Bosh Leads Jackets Over Gardner-Webb, 75-53

Dec 1, 2002

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By PAUL NEWBERRY
AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA – Freshman Chris Bosh had another double-double, scoring 17 points and grabbing 12 rebounds to lead Georgia Tech to a 75-53 victory over Gardner-Webb on Sunday.

Bosh has reached double figures in both categories in his first three games for the Yellow Jackets (3-0). The 6-foot-10 center is averaging 19 points and 12 rebounds.

Georgia Tech shot only 42 percent (30-of-71) from the field, but put away the Bulldogs (1-3) with defensive pressure and domination on the boards.

Gardner-Webb hit just 33 percent (22-of-65), was outrebounded 51-35 and had 19 turnovers.

Bosh made 6-of-7 shots and worked hard on the boards, pulling down five of Georgia Tech’s 18 offensive rebounds. B.J. Elder added 12 points and Isma’il Muhammad 11.

Chris Wiggins scored 15 points to lead Gardner-Webb – all on 3-pointers.

The Bulldogs fell behind 22-11 with eight minutes left in the first half, then reeled off a 10-0 run to pull within a point. Gardner-Webb trailed only 30-26 at halftime.

After a tongue-lashing by coach Paul Hewitt, Georgia Tech continued to struggle at the offensive end in the second half, missing 14 of its first 19 shots and making three turnovers.

But defensive pressure turned the tide.

Gardner Webb trailed 44-36 and had the ball when a quick spurt gave Georgia Tech some breathing room. Jarrett Jack came up with a steal and took a hard hit on his drive to the basket from Andre Manning, who was called for an intentional foul.

The Yellow Jackets kept possession, and Elder capitalized by knocking down a jumper. On Gardner-Webb’s next possession, Anthony McHenry knocked the ball away again, setting up a lob pass to Elder, who jammed it home for a 50-36 lead with 10:17 remaining.

Gardner-Webb didn’t get any closer than 11 points the rest of the way. Georgia Tech pulled away in the closing minutes to finish with its biggest lead of the day.

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