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Men's Basketball Game Notes: Tech vs. Clemson

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Georgia Tech (12-16, 4-11) vs. Clemson (10-18, 4-11)

March 4, 2000 – 1 p.m. – Alexander Memorial Coliseum at McDonald’s Center

TV: RJP (WATL in Atlanta). Announcers: Bob Rathbun, Gil McGregor
Radio: WGST (640 AM) in Atlanta, flagship for the Georgia Tech Radio Network (Wes Durham, play-by-play; Randy Waters, color) Tech Record: 12-16, 4-11 ACC
Home: 10-3; Away: 0-10; Neut.: 2-3
Tech vs. Clemson: Clemson leads 48-46
vs. Clemson under Cremins: 18-21
First Meeting This Year: 2-2-00, Clemson 70-58 (Clemson)
Last Year’s Meetings:
1-28-99, Tech 66-62 (Atlanta)
2-28-99, Clemson 92-64 (Clemson)
vs. Clemson at AMC: 19-11
Nat’l Rank: Neither team ranked
Cremins Record: 453-306 (.597), 25th season
Cremins at Tech: 353-236 (.599), 19th season
Last Tech game: March 1, L at North Carolina, 74-72 (ot)
Next Tech game: Mar. 9, ACC Tournament

Probable Starters

F 52 Jason Collier   7-0   Sr. 16.6 ppg  9.2 rpg      Leads ACC in reb., double-doubles (11); 22.0 ppg last 3 gamesF 34 Jason Floyd     6-6   Sr.  9.1 ppg  3.3 rpg      Ranks sixth in Tech history in career 3-pointers (164)C 4  Alvin Jones     6-11  Jr.  9.9 ppg  8.2 rpg      751 career rebs, 9th in Tech historyG 11 Shaun Fein      6-3   Jr. 10.7 ppg  3.4 apg      Fourth in ACC in A-TO (1.68), leads Tech with 31 stealsG 3  Tony Akins      5-11  So. 11.6 ppg  3.5 apg      Career-high 33 pts vs. FSU, 20-36 3-pt FG in last 5 gamesG 41 Paul Trotti     6-2   Sr.  0.5 ppg 0.5 apg      Will make first career start on Senior Day

Top Reserves

F 42 Clarence Moore  6-4   Fr.  4.9 ppg 3.9 rpg      Averaged 10.2 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 2.8 spg in five startsG 10 T.J. Vines      5-10  Jr.  4.3 ppg 2.3 apg      9 assists, 4 TO in last three gamesF 23 Jon Babul       6-7   Jr.  3.9 ppg 4.1 rpg      Questionable, strained right quadriceps; has missed 12 games

Cremins to Step Down at Season’s End

Georgia Tech head coach Bobby Cremins announced in a pressconference on Feb. 18 that he will step down at the end of1999-2000 season, concluding his 19-year career with the YellowJackets and ending the most successful era in Tech basketballhistory.

Cremins, who took over the Tech program in 1981-82 following a 4-23 season, is the third winningest coach in ACC history with a record of 353-236 (.599). Only North Carolina’s Dean Smith (879) and Duke Mike Krzyzewski (492) have won more games as ACC head coaches than Cremins. His overall record is 453-306 (.597) in his 25th season as a head coach.

Cremins, 52, guided Tech to 14 winning seasons and 14 postseason berths in his 19 years, including 10 of the 11 NCAA appearances in school history, highlighted by a trip to the Final Four in 1990. He led the Jackets to three ACC tournament titles, one ACC regular season championship and a share of another.

His litany of great players began with Mark Price and John Salley and continued with Duane Ferrell, Tom Hammonds, Dennis Scott, Kenny Anderson, Jon Barry, Travis Best, Stephon Marbury and Matt Harpring as he coached six all-America’s, 23 all-ACC players and eight ACC Rookie of the Year honorees. Twenty of Cremins’ former Yellow Jackets have gone on to the NBA11 are currently activeincluding 11 first-round draft picks.

Senior Day

Georgia Tech seniors Jason Collier, Jason Floyd and PaulTrotti will be honored in pregame ceremonies as they play theirfinal game at Alexander Memorial Coliseum at McDonald’s Center.Senior managers Matt Judy and Michael Dunn will also be recognized.

Collier has averaged 16.9 points and 8.3 rebounds in 53 games in a Tech uniform. Floyd is a two-year starter who is just 13 points away from 1,000 for his career. Trotti, a walk-on, is a Dean’s List student in Mechanical Engineering who will graduate this semester and has accepted a job with IBM.

The game also marks the final appearance at the Thrillerdome for head coach Bobby Cremins, who has guided the Yellow Jackets to a record of 196-48 (.803) in their on-campus home, including a 10-3 mark this season.

Jackets Fall to North Carolina in Overtime

Joseph Forte scored the go-ahead basket with 51 seconds leftand Ed Cota added a free throw to give North Carolina a 74-72overtime win over Georgia Tech in Chapel Hill. A three-pointattempt by Tech’s Shaun Fein’s rolled around and out with fourseconds left, and then T.J. Vines came up with the rebound for theJackets but his pass sailed out of bounds with 0.4 seconds left.

Tech, which hit 10 treys in the game, trailed 57-47 with eight minutes to play before mounting a comeback, fueled by Jason Collier, who hit two three-pointers and a pair of free throws down the stretch and then tied the game with a short jumper in the lane with 30 seconds left in regulation. In the extra session, Tony Akins’ trey put the Jackets ahead with 1:11 to play, but Forte answered with his driving bankshot.

Collier led all scorers with 25 points, and Fein added 13 for Tech, which remained winless on the road this season. Five Tar Heels scored in double figures, led by Forte with 19 and Julius Peppers with 14.

The Series with Clemson

Clemson has won two in a row to take a 48-46 lead in theseries with Georgia Tech, which dates back to 1913.

The series has been dominated by the home team, which has won 23 of the last 26 regular season meetings. The last win by a road team was Clemson’s 55-53 victory in 1996-97. Tech is 19-11 against the Tigers at Alexander Memorial Coliseum at McDonald’s Center, including a 66-62 victory in last year’s game in Atlanta.

Clemson captured the first meeting this year with a 70-58 win at Littlejohn Coliseum. Andrius Jurkunas scored 21 points and Will Solomon scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half to lead the Tigers. Tony Akins led Tech with 18 points and Jason Collier had a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.

FIRST MEETING THIS SEASON: Clemson 70, Georgia Tech 58

2-2-00 * Littlejohn Coliseum * Clemson, S.C.
Clemson’s Andrius Jurkunas scored a career high 21 points andDustin Braddick had a career-high 14 in the Tigers’ 70-58 win overGeorgia Tech, which lost at Littlejohn Coliseum for the 13th timein 14 years. The Tigers used their league-leading defense to negateTech’s height advantage, holding the Yellow Jackets to 35 percentfrom the field.

Clemson’s leading scorer, Will Solomon, finished with 17 points, but most came in the second half with the Tigers comfortably ahead. He was held without a three-pointer for the first time in 25 games. The Tigers led by as many as 20 in the second half when Solomon hit a free throw with just over eight minutes to play, and the Jackets never got closer than 13 the rest of the way. Tech’s Jason Collier, the second leading scorer in the ACC coming into the game at 17.8 per game, missed his first five shots and finished with 10 points, and Alvin Jones had seven. Tony Akins led the Jackets with 18.

Braddick had six points in Clemson’s 13-4 first-half run that gave the Tigers a 23-18 halftime lead. Clemson shot only 38 percent in the half, but limited the Jackets to 30 percent. Tech managed just two field goals in the last 12 minutes of the first half.

BoxScore

Tech Players vs. Clemson

Player   G FG    3FG  FT    RB Avg  A  Bl St TP  AvgAkins    3 16-40 9-29 5-7   10 3.3  11 0  3  46  15.3Babul    4 2-11  0-1  4-9   17 4.3  3  0  1  8   2.0Collier  3 17-41 3-13 12-19 35 11.7 2  5  4  49  16.3Floyd    7 12-36 5-23 5-8   21 3.0  6  2  3  34  4.9Fein     1 3-7   2-6  0-0   2  2.0  3  0  2  8   8.0Jones    5 14-29 0-0  14-27 32 6.4  2  8  4  42  8.4Moore    1 2-6   1-2  0-1   4  4.0  0  1  1  5   5.0Vines    5 5-13  5-10 6-12  5  1.0  8  0  6  21  4.2

Collier on a Roll

After a brief scoring slump, Jason Collier is back on track,averaging 20.5 points in Tech’s last three games. Collier has ledTech in scoring all season, currently averaging 16.6 points pergame, but he had averaged just 11.9 points for the previous eightcontests before scoring 22 against NC State. He followed with 19against Wake Forest and 25 versus North Carolina, his high in anACC game this season.

Collier led the Yellow Jackets to victory against the Wolfpack as he hit nine of 16 field goals, including a key baseline hook shot with 57 seconds left. Against UNC, he scored 15 points in the second half, including the game-tying field goal with 30 seconds left in regulation.

Akins Increases Scoring

Point guard Tony Akins has averaged 16.0 points per game overthe last five contests. That includes a career-best 33 pointsagainst Florida State and 17 versus Maryland. Most of Akins’production has come from beyond the arc as he has hit 20 of 36three-pointers (55.6 percent) in those five games.

Tony Takes Aim at Seminoles

Sophomore point guard Tony Akins turned in the most prolificgame of his career with a 33-point performance in Tech’s 64-54 lossat Florida State on Feb. 21. That was the highest scoring output bya Yellow Jacket in nearly two years, since Dion Glover had 33against Seton Hall in the 1998 NIT. The last time a Tech playerscored more was a 36-point effort by James Forrest in 1994.

Akins scored 27 of his points from three-point range as he went 9-for-14. His nine treys equalled the Tech high in an ACC game, matching Drew Barry (9 vs. North Carolina, 2-10-96) and Dennis Scott (9 vs. North Carolina, 1-28-89). Only Scott has made more three-pointers in any game, canning an ACC record 11 against Houston in 1988-89. Even Tech assistant coach Mark Price, one of the best shooters in ACC and NBA history, never had nine treys. Price’s best effort was eight against Virginia in 1983.

Jones Climbs Rebounding List

With 10 rebounds against North Carolina, center Alvin Jonesmoved into ninth place on Tech’s career list, passing BruceDalrymple (744, 1984-87). The 6-11 junior is the ACC’s activeleader with 751 career rebounds. With 12 more rebounds, he willmove past former Yellow Jacket Eddie Elisma for eighth place inTech history.

Jones grabbed 16 rebounds against Michigan, the best for a Jacket this season, 15 against Stanford and 13 versus Duke.

Tech's Career Rebounding Leaders 1.  Malcolm Mackey (1990-93)   1205 2.  Matt Harpring (1995-98)    997 3.  Jim Caldwell (1963-65)     993 4.  Rich Yunkus (1969-71)      955 5.  Tom Hammonds (1986-89)     885 6.  James Forrest (1992-95)    846 7.  John Salley (1983-86)      798 8.  Eddie Elisma (1994-97)     762 9.  Alvin Jones (1998-present) 751 10. Bruce Dalrymple (1984-87)  744

Babul’s Injury Woes Continue

Still hampered by a strained right quadriceps, junior forwardJon Babul is questionable for the Clemson game. Babul has missed atotal of 12 games with the injury, including Tech’s last gameagainst North Carolina. His most recent outing was 14 minutes lastSunday at Wake Forest, in which he had three points and fourrebounds before aggravating the injury.

Tech’s top frontcourt sub, the 6-7 Babul averages 3.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game and is the Jackets’ best and most versatile defensive player.

Jackets Improved From Beyond the Arc

Georgia Tech has shot better from three-point range in recentgames, hitting 56 of 144 (38.9 percent) in the last seven contests.That includes three games in which the Jackets have hit 10 treys,against Maryland, Florida State and North Carolina. For the season,Tech is shooting 33.8 percent from beyond the arc.

Tech ranks second in the ACC in three-pointers per game, averaging 7.8 to 8.3 for Duke. Five Tech players have hit at least 20 treysShaun Fein (63), Tony Akins (62), Jason Floyd (37) and Jason Collier (26) and T.J. Vines (20).

Fein is second in the ACC treys per game (2.3) and seventh in percentage (.363), while Akins ranks fourth (2.2) and fourth (.376), respectively.

Moore of a Good Thing

Clarence Moore made the most of his opportunity to start forthe Yellow Jackets. The 6-4 freshman from Norco, La., averaged 10.2points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.8 steals, 2.0 assists and 1.4 blocked shotsin his five starts. He hit 17 of 35 shots from the field (48.6percent) and 15 of 20 from the free throw line (75 percent).

In his first start against FAMU, Moore responded with 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists. He hit six of eight shots from the field, was 5-for-5 from the free throw line and also contributed three steals and a blocked shot.

Moore was even better against Virginia, recording his first double-double with 15 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and one block. Against third-ranked Duke, he contributed nine points, five rebounds and two steals, and then against Maryland he grabbed a career-best 15 rebounds, along with eight points, four steals, three assists and two blocks.

As a reserve, Moore’s highs are eight points against Morehead State and seven rebounds against UNC Greensboro.

A Fein Find

Except for a subpar performance against Florida State (0 pts,3 ast, 2 stl in 20 min) while ravaged by a stomach virus, ShaunFein has scored in double figures in seven of his last eight games.Discounting the FSU game, he has averaged 13 points, 5.1 reboundsand 3.3 assists over his last seven games.

In Tech’s win over NC State, Fein scored 10 points, including three free throws in the final seconds to help seal the win. He also had five assists and three rebounds. The 6-3 junior transfer from Stonehill College had a 15-point performance at Maryland in which he hit five three-pointers on nine attempts, his best performance of the season in a road game, and he had a season-best eight rebounds at North Carolina.

Earlier this season, Fein put together two of his best games in back-to-back ACC wins over Maryland and Florida State, in which he hit 10-of-17 three-pointers, contributing 17 points and four assists against the Terrapins and 18 points and five assists versus the Seminoles.

Fein averages 10.7 points, 3.4 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game and is fourth in the ACC with an assist-turnover ratio of 1.68. He is third in the league with 2.3 three-pointers per game and seventh in three-point percentage at .358. He also leads Tech with 31 steals, including six against Florida A&M.

Tech Holds Cavaliers to 47 Points

In its 68-47 victory over Virginia on Feb. 12, Georgia Techallowed its fewest points in an ACC game since a 48-43 victory overMaryland on Feb. 19, 1985. Tech’s 21-point win was its largestmargin of victory against an ACC opponent in 72 games, since a21-point victory over Florida State on Jan. 27, 1996.

Tech held Virginia to 27.6 percent shooting from the field, a season-low for the Cavaliers, and the Jackets’ best defensive performance against an ACC team since limiting Virginia to 24.7 percent in a 68-56 victory in the 1992 ACC Tournament.

Collier Enjoying All-Round Season

Jason Collier leads Georgia Tech in both scoring (16.6) andrebounding (9.2), ranking fifth in the ACC in scoring and first inrebounding. He is bidding to become the first Tech player to leadthe ACC in rebounding.

One of 30 candidates for the John Wooden Award, Collier is eighth in the ACC in field goal percentage (.470) and sixth in free throw percentage (.757). The seven-foot senior joins Maryland’s Terence Morris as the only ACC players to rank among the league’s Top 10 in those four categories. Collier is also eighth in blocked shots (1.1) while leading the league with 11 double-doubles, including five in ACC play.

The Springfield, Ohio, native is shooting fewer threes than he did last season but has been effective from beyond the arc, hitting 26 of 74 (.351).

Home Sweet Home

Alexander Memorial Coliseum has been a friendly place forGeorgia Tech this season when it comes to shooting the basketball.

The Yellow Jackets, who are 10-3 in their on-campus home this season, have shot 37.0 percent (104-281) from three-point range at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. Contrast that with games away from home, in which the Jackets have hit just 30.9 percent (114-364) of their threes. Overall, Tech shoots 42.8 percent from the field at home and 38.8 percent away from home.

The home court advantage is most pronounced for Shaun Fein, who has hit 45.2 percent (37-82) of his threes at the Thrillerdome, versus 27.7 percent (26-94) away from home. The 6-3 guard is averaging 13.4 points in Tech’s home games but just 8.3 points in other arenas.

Jackets Cashing In At The Line

The Yellow Jackets have made a significant improvement as ateam in free throw shooting this season, ranking third in the ACCat 69.8 percent. Last year’s team shot 62.1 percent.

Tech has been able to handle the pressure of close games with even better free throw shooting. In Tech’s win over Maryland, the Jackets hit 11-of-12 free throws in the second half, including two charity tosses by Shaun Fein with 53 seconds left that helped seal the win. Jason Collier nailed two with 16 seconds left to preserve the victory over Florida State.

The Jackets were 17-of-21 against Lafayette, including 10 straight in the final five minutes. Tech canned 10-of-10 in the final five minutes of its Dec. 22 win over Wofford, and 8-of-8 in the last five minutes against Morehead State.

In its 12 victories, Tech has hit 66-of-79 free throws (83.5 percent) in the final five minutes.

Wes Durham Named Georgia Sportscaster of the Year

Georgia Tech radio voice Wes Durham has been named GeorgiaSportscaster of the Year for 1999 by the National Sportscasters andSportswriters Association.

Durham, who has called play-by-play for Tech football, basketball and baseball since 1995, will receive the honor at the NSSA Convention May 1 in Salisbury, N.C. The award is voted on by the NSSA membership in the state of Georgia.

It is the first time Durham has been so honored, though his father, legendary North Carolina radio voice Woody Durham, has received the award for North Carolina 10 times.

Since August of 1997, Wes Durham has worked as Georgia Tech’s Director of Broadcasting. He originally came to Atlanta in July of 1995 as the Jackets’ radio play-by-play announcer. Prior to that, he served as the radio voice at Vanderbilt, where he was a 1995 finalist for the Tennessee sportscaster of the year award, Marshall and Radford.

Akins Takes Advantage of Charity

Tony Akins is Tech’s top free throw shooter at 79.7 percent,which would rank among the ACC leaders if he had enough attempts toqualify. The 5-11 guard has managed to get to the free low linemore frequently in recent games, going 24-for-31 in the last ninegames after shooting just six free throws in the previous eightgames.

Earlier this season, Akins made 27 consecutive free throws, six away from the school record of 33 in a row by Drew Barry during the 1995-96 season. Assistant coach Mark Price, the NBA career free throw percentage leader who has been instrumental in improving Tech at the line this season, hit 31 straight in 1984-85.

Collier Makes it to 1,000

Jason Collier went over the 1,000-point mark for his career inTech’s win over Wofford, and his career total now stands at 1,302.The 7-foot senior has scored 896 points for the Jackets, following406 at Indiana.

Collier is the second Georgia Tech player to reach the career plateau this season. Shaun Fein reached 1,000 points with his first score in Tech’s game against Washington. Fein now has 1,270 career points, including 971 (19.7 per game) in two seasons at Stonehill College in Easton, Mass.

Senior Jason Floyd, with 987 career points, has a chance to become the 30th Tech player to score 1,000 points in a Yellow Jacket uniform.

Jones Improved at the Free Throw Line

Assistant coach Mark Price, the top free throw shooter in NBAhistory, has made improving Alvin Jones’ free throw shooting hisproject, and the results have been promising.

In his first two seasons at Tech, Jones hit 53.5 percent of his free throws. This season, he has connected on 106 of 171 from the stripe (62.0 percent), shooting 23 more attempts than his closest teammate. Jones shot 73 more charity attempts than anyone else on the Tech team last year.

Jackets Spread the Scoring

Georgia Tech has had at least four players score in doublefigures in 11 of 28 games this season, including four games inwhich five players reached double figures, most recently againstFlorida A&M.

Jason Collier has led the Jackets in scoring all season, currently averaging 16.6 points per game. Tech’s other four starters each average between nine and 12 points, ranging from Jason Floyd at 9.1 to Tony Akins at 11.6.

From the Left …

It has to be a rarity, if not unique, in college basketball.Georgia Tech features three left-handed players among its topeight.

Jason Collier, Tony Akins and Clarence Moore all shoot lefthanded, which is believed to be the most ever on one Tech team. According to Moore, shooting is the only thing he does lefthanded.

The Yellow Jackets have had other famous lefties on its roster, including point guard greats Kenny Anderson and Travis Best, who have both taken their southpaw success to the NBA.

Rejection Record

It took only 60 games for Alvin Jones to become Georgia Tech’sall-time leader in blocked shots, breaking the record late in hissophomore season. Jones, who surpassed the record of 243 set byJohn Salley from 1983-86, now has 320 rejections in 92 games,including eight in the season opener against Mercer and sevenagainst Virginia.

Jones, who had 107 blocks in 31 games last season (3.5 per game), also continues his climb up the Atlantic Coast Conference career lists for blocked shots. After becoming just the seventh player in league history to reach 300 blocked shots, his next target is former Clemson Tiger Elden Campbell, who ranks sixth with 334 blocks.

Jones career average of 3.48 blocks per game is third best in ACC history. The ACC record is 4.07 set by Clemson’s Tree Rollins (1974-77).

Dialing Long Distance

Georgia Tech owns the third-longest active streak in thenation for consecutive games with at least one three-point fieldgoal. Tech’s streak has reached 409 games. The last team to holdthe Jackets without a three-point field goal was Virginia in the1987 ACC Tournament.

UNLV held the longest streak with 416 games entering the 1999-2000 season, followed by Vanderbilt at 412 games.

Jackets Look for Depth, Balance

Jason Collier leads the Jackets with 32.2 minutes per game.None of the Yellow Jackets ranks in the ACC’s top five in minutesplayed, contrasted to last year, when three did.

Tech’s top eight players all average at least 15 minutes per game. Tech has not had eight players average more than 10 minutes for a full season since 1988-89.

Jackets Reach Alaska Shootout Final

For the second straight year, Georgia Tech reached the finalof a Thanksgiving week tournament and lost in the championshipgame.

The Yellow Jackets finished second in the Great Alaska Shootout, defeating Grambling State, 100-88, and Washington, 82-65, before falling to 11th-ranked Kansas in the final, 84-70. Last season, Tech fell to the Huskies in the title game of the Big Island Classic.

Jason Collier recorded a pair of double-doubles and averaged 20.7 points and 10.7 rebounds in the three games, earning a spot on the all-tournament team. Alvin Jones also made the all-tournament team after averaging 13 points and 6.3 rebounds, and all five Tech starters averaged in double figures for the tournament.

Tech Signs Three Early

Georgia Tech signed three players during the November earlysigning period. Joining the fold will be 6-4 shooting guard MarvinLewis of Montrose Christian School in Rockville, Md., 6-2 pointguard Brendan Plavich of Dalton (Ga.) High School, and 6-7 smallforward Halston Lane of Oak Ridge (Tenn.) High School.

Price Has Number Retired Again

The No. 25 worn by Mark Price as a player has been retiredtwice. Georgia Tech retired the all-America point guard’s number inhis final home game in 1986. The Cleveland Cavaliers, the team forwhom he played for nine seasons in his 12-year NBA career, retiredhis number in November.

Price, in his first season as an assistant coach at Tech, scored 2,193 points in his four-year Tech career, still the third-best all-time total, and led Tech to the 1985 ACC championship and two NCAA Tournaments.

An NBA all-star at Cleveland, he finished his career as the league’s top free throw shooter and helped build the Cavaliers into a perennial playoff team. His was the sixth jersey retired by the Cavaliers.

Non-Conference Foes Beware

Georgia Tech is 112-4 against non-conference opposition atAlexander Memorial Coliseum during the Bobby Cremins era includingthe last 11 in a row. Tech’s third-round NIT loss to Penn State toend the 1997-98 season, its last home loss to a non-ACC team,snapped a 24-game home winning streak against teams outside theconference.

The other non-conference teams to win at the Thrillerdome during Cremins’ tenure are Richmond (Dec. 22, 1987), Louisville (Jan. 15, 1989) and the College of Charleston (Jan. 16, 1993).

Freshmen of Influence

Freshman swingman Clarence Moore is the latest rookie to jointhe Georgia Tech starting lineup under Bobby Cremins. Last year,Tony Akins was the 22nd rookie to join a season-opening startinglineup for the Jackets, and he started every game of 1998-99.

In all but three of Cremins’ 19 seasons at Tech, at least one freshman has been in the starting lineup. Eight of them have earned ACC Rookie of the Year honors, and three others have been runner-up.

The list of freshman starters under Cremins includes seven rookies who have started at point guard,including Mark Price (1983), Kenny Anderson (1990), Travis Best (1992) and Stephon Marbury (1996).

Southern Comfort

Georgia Tech’s basketball roster, which for the thirdconsecutive year is without a player from New York, has taken on avery home-state and Southern look.

Of the 15 players on Tech’s pre-season roster, eight are native Georgians, all from metropolitan Atlanta. Freshmen Clarence Moore and Ross Chouest are both from Louisiana, while Alex Luyk, a native Spaniard, prepped in Mobile, Ala. Jon Babul (North Attleboro, Mass.), Jason Collier (Springfield, Ohio) and Shaun Fein (Centerville, Mass.) are the only Jackets not from the Southeastern United States.

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