Dec. 01, 2015
ATLANTA (AP) – Charles Mitchell scored 10 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for his seventh double-double in as many games, and Georgia Tech beat Wofford 77-61 on Tuesday night.
Justin Gordon scored 14 points on 7-of-14 shooting to lead Wofford (2-4).
The Yellow Jackets missed 13 of their first 14 field goal attempts, and trailed 26-20 after Gordon’s layup with 3:56 left in the first half.
The Yellow Jackets finished the first half on a 12-4 run, however, with Smith scoring seven points on the way to a 32-30 halftime lead.
The Yellow Jackets were shooting in the bonus with 14:33 remaining. Marcus Georges-Hunt made the first free throw, then James White grabbed the carom off the second attempt, and kicked it out to Quinton Stephens, who made a 3-pointer to give Georgia Tech a 48-37 lead, and the Yellow Jackets cruised from there.
Stephens finished with 12 points, and after the Yellow Jackets started in an 18-4 hole in points scored in the paint, Georgia Tech dominated inside.
The Yellow Jackets had a 40-22 rebounding edge, and eventually outscored Wofford 37-32 in the paint.
All of that offset Georgia Tech senior swing man and leading scorer Georges-Hunt, who had just six points off free throws and was 0 of 5 from the field.
Mitchell, a 6-foot-8 senior forward in his second season at Tech after transferring from Maryland, scored seven points in the second half, when the Yellow Jackets made 14 of 24 shots.
Mitchell is averaging 14.6 points and 12.9 rebounds per game.
Besides Gordon, Wofford was a combined 16 of 41 for 39 percent shooting from the field.
Wofford senior guard Spencer Collins entered the game leading the Terriers with a 15.2 scoring average, but managed just five points on 2-of-9 shooting Tuesday night.
Smith, who led the ACC in 3-point shooting last season while hitting 42.4 percent for Virginia Tech, made more Tuesday (6 of 9) than any Yellow Jacket this season, and the most since Quinton Stephens put up six 3-pointers against Georgia last season.
Up next, Georgia Tech travels to Tulane on Saturday.