PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Georgia Tech led by eight points at halftime and dominated the second half, outscoring Pitt, 46-25, to seal a 77-48 victory Thursday night in the Petersen Events Center. Four Yellow Jackets finished in double-figures led by Jasmine Carson and Nerea Hermosa with 17 and 16 points, respectively. The win moved Tech to 15-8 overall and 6-6 in ACC play.
How It Happened
Georgia Tech shook off a slow start, trailing by three after the first 10 minutes, and committing five turnovers in the first quarter to outscore the Panthers, 17-6, in the second frame. Francesca Pan handed Tech its first lead of the game, draining a three-pointer with 4:05 on the clock in the first, but Pitt answered with an 8-4 run to lead by three at the break. Four different Jackets connected in the first four minutes of the second quarter, forcing the Panthers to burn a timeout. Carson led the Jackets with six points and Lotta-Maj Lahtinen added three points in the frame as Tech held a 31-23 lead at halftime.
Hermosa opened a 10-point lead for the Jackets in the third quarter before Pitt cut the score to 36-32, forcing Tech to call a timeout with 7:12 on the clock. Out of the timeout, Carson rattled off three consecutive three-pointers to fuel a 22-9 Tech run to close the frame and lead 58-41 entering the fourth quarter. Kierra Fletcher dropped six unanswered points to open the final frame as Tech continued to extend its lead. Sarah Bates completed an old-fashioned three-point play to give Tech a 72-46 advantage as Kondalia Montgomery closed the game going 3-for-4 from the free throw line for the final 77-48 victory.
For the game, Tech shot 43.5 percent (27-62) and 77.3 percent (17-22) from the free throw line. Carson finished with a team-high 17 points, going 5-for-10 from three-point range, and pulled down nine rebounds. Hermosa collected a season-best 16 points, followed by Pan with 11 and Fletcher with 10 points. Tech dominated on the glass, winning the rebounding battle, 43-26, paced by Carson’s nine rebounds. The Jackets scored 41 points off its bench and converted 23 Pitt turnovers into 24 points.
Georgia Tech returns to Atlanta on Sunday, Feb. 9 to welcome Wake Forest for the second meeting this season. The Yellow Jackets and Demon Deacons will tipoff in McCamish Pavilion at 2 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.
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