Nov. 14, 2009
ATLANTA (AP) – Iman Shumpert scored 18 points and capped a decisive run in the first half, and No. 22 Georgia Tech showed off its freshmen in its 100-59 win over Florida A&M on Saturday night.
Junior Gani Lawal added 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Shumpert, a sophomore guard, led the Yellow Jackets (1-0) in scoring despite playing only 19 minutes.
Christopher Walker led Florida A&M (0-1) with 15 points. Brandon Bryant added 14.
Georgia Tech led 16-8 before pulling away with the 14 unanswered points. Shumpert had the final four points in the run.
A basket by Lawal pushed the lead to 30 points at 46-16 late in the first half.
The first sign of Georgia Tech’s new look came when senior Zach Peacock didn’t make the opening lineup. Peacock, a 6-foot-8 forward, started every game last season. Favors and Lawal were the starting forwards in coach Paul Hewitt’s three-guard lineup.
Peacock finished with eight points.
Favors was joined by another freshman, point guard Mfon Udofia, in the starting five.
Georgia Tech, which finished 12-19 overall and only 2-14 in the Atlantic Coast Conference last season, is expected to rebound on the strength of a freshman class that also includes Oliver and Glen Rice Jr.
Udofia had nine points. Rice, the son of the former Michigan star and 15-year NBA veteran, had seven.
Oliver had four 3-pointers in the final 10 minutes.
NOTES: Running back Jonathan Dwyer, receiver Demaryius Thomas and other members of Georgia Tech’s football team were given a halftime ovation. The football team clinched a spot in the ACC championship game with a 49-10 win at Duke Saturday. Georgia Tech guard D’Andre Bell, who missed last season after he was diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a congenital condition, returned to the starting job he held two seasons ago.