THE FLATS – Eylia Love scored a career-high 20 points and Lorela Cubaj dominated on the glass with 15 rebounds as No. 14 Georgia Tech upended Boston College Thursday night in McCamish Pavilion, 68-49.
The Jackets (16-4, 7-2 ACC) got rolling in the first half that was fueled by 14 points from Love, allowing Tech to open a double-digit lead early in the second frame. Leading by seven after the first, Tech held BC to one field goal through the first five minutes of the second quarter to build a 17-point advantage, 33-16, at the media break. The Jackets would hold a 35-20 lead at intermission.
Tech would maintain a double-digit lead the remainder of the game. Boston College would climb back to within 12 points in the third quarter, but the Jackets held the Eagles to a 33.3 percent shooting effort in the second half to seal the victory. Tech distributed its offense in the final two quarters and shot 43.3 percent in the final two frames, while dominating on the glass, 24-12.
Love and Nerea Hermosa led Tech offensively in the game, combining for 35 points in the win. Led by 15 rebounds from Cubaj, Tech won the rebounding battle for the 16th time this season, outrebounding BC, 45-28. The Jackets recorded 24 assists on 28 made field goals paced by seven from Cubaj and Hermosa each – marking a personal-best for Hermosa.
Cameron Swartz led Boston College with 14 points in the homecoming for the Marietta, Ga., native. Taylor Soule added 11 points and Marnelle Garraud contributed 10. The Eagles were held to 49 points in the outing, matching a season-low for Boston College and marking the 14th time Georgia Tech has held an opponent to 50 points or less this season.
The Jackets open a four-game road swing beginning at Clemson on Sunday, Jan. 30. Tip is slated for 6 p.m. on ACC Network inside Littlejohn Coliseum.
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