Feb 1, 2003
By KEITH PARSONS
AP Sports Writer
The Yellow Jackets (11-7, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) won without much help from leading-scorer B.J. Elder, who scored only six points. He had finished in double figures in 16 of 17 games coming in, and was averaging 16.7 points.
But he finished 2-for-8 from the field against the Cavaliers and played only 25 minutes.
Todd Billet had 19 points and Derrick Byars had 11 for Virginia (12-7, 3-4), which has lost four out of six. Travis Watson, averaging a team-best 14.9 points, was held to only four points and sprained his right ankle early in the game after chasing down an offensive rebound.
He quickly returned after having it re-taped but never got going before sitting out the final minutes. Watson had 11 rebounds.
Georgia Tech led by 10 at the break, and the margin was the same after Virginia’s Elton Brown made a jumper with 7:22 left. The Yellow Jackets finished off the Cavaliers with 10-3 run after that, a spurt which included Elder’s only two baskets of the game.
First, he hit a 3-pointer from the wing, then finished it off by tipping in a miss by Ed Nelson.
Georgia Tech held on after that despite some sloppy play of its own, including back-to-back turnovers at one point by point guard Jarrett Jack.
Jack nearly came to blows with Virginia center Nick Vander Laan in the final minute. After a hard foul by Vander Laan in the backcourt, the two squared off and had words.
Jack appeared to start walking away from the altercation, but Vander Laan, a fiery player who scored seven points, pursued Jack and shoved him again.
Vander Laan was called for a technical foul, and Virginia coach Pete Gillen took him out of the game.