Jackets Roll Back Wofford, 79-70

Dec 21, 2001

Box Score

By KEITH PARSONS
AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA B.J. Elder scored 15 points and Robert Brooks had 12, including eight during a decisive second-half run, as Georgia Tech rallied to beat Wofford 79-70 Friday.

The Yellow Jackets (6-5) overcame an 11-point deficit in the second half to win their third straight.

Lee Nixon scored 24 and Mike Lenzly added 22 for the Terriers (6-6), who had their three-game winning streak snapped.

With the early start and Georgia Tech’s students already on Christmas break, Alexander Memorial Coliseum was barely half full. That may have contributed to the home team’s sluggish start. The Yellow Jackets trailed by 12 in the first half and fell behind 11 early in the second half.

But after Justin Stephens gave Wofford a 49-42 lead with 11:54 left, Georgia Tech dominated the rest of the way. There was a 16-1 spurt over the next 3 minutes and then 11 unanswered points later in the game for Georgia Tech’s biggest lead at, 69-54.

The Yellow Jackets managed their comeback mostly without Tony Akins, who scored a season-low five points. It was the first time Akins hasn’t been in double figures.

Marvin Lewis scored 14 points, and Halston Lane had 12.

Georgia Tech scored the first four points but the first half was all Wofford. The Terriers shot 50 percent to take a three-point lead, and expanded that to 11 with a 10-2 run to start the second half.

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