Nov. 19, 2015
ATLANTA (AP) – Brian Gregory has Georgia Tech pushing the ball up floor and scoring easy baskets.
The Yellow Jackets’ fifth-year coach isn’t promising 100 points every night, but he likes what he’s seen so far.
“When we defend well and rebound, then we can run,” Gregory said. “It’s kind of a reward, you know? I think our guys are buying into it.”
Charles Cooper scored 9 of his 14 points in the early minutes of the second half for Green Bay (0-3). Jordan Fouse finished with 9 points.
Carrington Love, who began the game averaging 27 points, finished with 7 points after going just 3 for 12 from the field.
The Phoenix had a rough first week. They lost in overtime last Friday at Stanford and lost 103-90 on Tuesday at East Tennessee State in a game that started at 6 a.m. to accommodate television.
“I thought tonight would be a very tough one,” Green Bay coach Linc Darner said. “I was hoping we could get them to miss some shots. We had a couple of guys that we wanted to let shoot it and they made shots tonight.”
Georgia Tech took its biggest first-half lead at 31 on James White’s 3-point play. The Jackets hit 72 percent of their 32 attempts in the first half.
Nick Jacobs finished with 12 points as each of the Jackets’ starters scored in double figures.
The Jackets are averaging 22.6 assists and 10.6 turnovers through their first three games.
“If you get up and down the floor, you get easy buckets,” Mitchell said. “You can get four or five buckets running the floor with outlet passes before we set up our offense. That’s good for us to keep the pace.”
Green Bay: The loss at East Tennessee State marked the first time since Jan. 3-5, 2013 that the Phoenix dropped two straight in the regular season. They were one of only five Division I teams to avoid consecutive defeats in both the 2013-14 and 2014-15 regular seasons. … Green Bay is in its first season under Darner, who led Florida Southern to the NCAA Division II national title last season. … The Phoenix went 24-9 last season and finished second in the Horizon League.
Georgia Tech: After beating Cornell 116-81 in last week’s opener, the Jackets have scored 100 points twice in the same season for the first time since the 2006-07 season when they took easy November wins over Jackson State and Georgia State. … Tech is 3-0 for the fourth straight year.