ATLANTA (AP) – Marvin Lewis was Mr. Outside and Alvin Jones was Mr. Inside for Georgia Tech.
Lewis scored 22 points, including making 6-of-7 3-point attempts, and Jones scored 15 points and pulled down 14 rebounds as the Yellow Jackets beat Davidson 92-61 on Friday night.
Jones also blocked five shots for Tech (3-0).
“You have to give Jones credit,” Wildcats coach Bob McKillop said. “He blocked a lot of shots, but when he didn’t, he made it difficult for us to finish a play.”
Emeka Erege and Wayne Bernard scored 12 points apiece for Davidson (1-3).
The Wildcats double-teamed Jones nearly every time he touched the ball, leaving Lewis and others uncovered at the 3-point line. Tech made them pay by hitting 12-of-25 shots from that distance.
“I told everybody last April that we were going to shoot the ball well,” Yellow Jackets coach Paul Hewitt said. “In the first game, it was Shaun Fein. Tonight, it was Marvin’s turn.”
Lewis didn’t seem very impressed with his performance, which came in the third game of his career.
“We just pick up for each other and look for each other,” he said. “I really just found myself open and coach says when you’re open, shoot the ball. And I was open.”
Five different players made 3s for the Yellow Jackets, who have employed a wide-open, pressing style under Hewitt. Davidson had 16 turnovers, and many led to easy baskets for Tech.
The Yellow Jackets tallied assists on 20 of their 31 baskets, and all 12 players who were dressed saw action.
“I was very pleased with the defensive effort,” Hewitt said. “Alvin Jones carried us defensively in the first two games, but tonight everyone chipped in with a nice defensive effort.”
Tony Akins scored 17 points for Tech and had four assists and no turnovers.
“My assist-to-turnover ratio is very important to me,” Akins said. “I’m going to score points, but I really don’t want to turn the ball over and I was able to do that.”
A 12-5 run early in the second half gave Tech a 65-40 lead, with all the points on 3-pointers. The Wildcats got no closer than 20 the rest of the way.
Jones held Martin Ides, the Wildcats 7-foot-2 starting center, to just one point and one rebound in 15 minutes.
The Yellow Jackets enjoyed a 47-34 rebounding edge.
“I saw signs looking at our players’ faces that their confidence had eroded some after this loss,” McKillop said. “We’ve got to move forward and not be worried about getting hammered as we did by Georgia Tech.
“With the tough early schedule we play, there will be other losses just like this.”
Davidson scored 13 unanswered points late in the first half to cut into a 19-point Tech lead, but a 12-2 run to end the half stretched the margin back to 48-32.
A 15-0 spurt early in the game gave Tech a 21-4 lead before Davidson rallied. Jason Ford added 10 points off the bench for the Wildcats.