Nov. 10, 2013
THE FLATS – After opening the season with an 88-57 victory over Presbyterian Friday night, Georgia Tech continues its busy November at 7 p.m. Monday night against Delaware State at McCamish Pavilion.
Tickets are available for the game for $15 and available at the main ticket windows on the 10th Street side of the arena beginning at 6 p.m. Radio coverage of the game will be provided by the Georgia Tech IMG Sports Network and can be heard in Atlanta on WYAY-FM (106.7).
Tech returns four starters – center Daniel Miller, big forward Robert Carter, Jr., and wings Marcus Georges-Hunt and Chris Bolden – from a team that posted a 16-15 overall record last season and went 6-12 to tie for ninth place in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The only starter and the top scorer gone from last year’s team is senior point guard Mfon Udofia, who graduated in the summer.
Delaware State, a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, is beginning its 14th season under head coach Greg Jackson after posting a 15-18 mark a year ago. The Hornets return three starters from that team and opened their season with a 107-48 victory over Division III Cairn College on Saturday.
The Yellow Jackets follow Monday night’s game with their first road game of the season, a 7 p.m. contest at Georgia Friday night. Delaware State visits Clemson on Wednesday night.
200 Achieved Against Presbyterian
Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory earned the 200th victory of his head coaching career Friday night when the Yellow Jackets downed Presbyterian 88-57 at McCamish Pavilion. The third-year Yellow Jacket skipper is 28-35 at Tech after posting a 172-94 mark in eight seasons as the head man at Dayton.
Tech Balanced in Opening Night Win
Marcus Georges-Hunt had 17 points and nine rebounds, and Robert Carter, Jr., had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead Georgia Tech to an opening 88-57 victory over Presbyterian on Friday night.
Senior center Daniel Miller added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Yellow Jackets, while Trae Golden, a senior transfer from Tennessee, scored 12 points and freshman Travis Jorgenson contributed eight points, five assists and four steals off the bench.
The Yellow Jackets never trailed, but led by just two points with under two minutes left in the first half before scoring eight straight to go up 42-32 at intermission. Then Tech broke the game open with nine straight points to start the second half, taking a 51-32 lead. Georges-Hunt and Solomon Poole hit 3-pointers and Golden converted a 3-point play.
The Yellow Jackets shot 50.7 percent, the 16th time Tech had shot 50 percent or better from the floor under Brian Gregory, to 34 percent for Presbyterian, the 27th time Tech has held an opponent under 40 percent under Gregory.
Tech out-rebounded the Blue Hose 47-32, the 38th time in 63 games under Gregory that the Yellow Jackets have out-rebounded their opponent.
Tech reserves contributed 26 points, while Presbyterian got just four points from its bench.
Tech finished the game with just six turnovers, matching a team-low under Brian Gregory, and had 18 assists on 35 made baskets.
Tech used 10 steals to score 22 fast-break points, and the Yellow Jackets had 50 points in the paint.
The double-double for Carter, Jr., was the fifth of his career, and the double-digit rebound effort was his seventh.
Series vs. Delaware State
Georgia Tech and Delaware State are meeting for the third time, and for the third time on a different home court.
The Hornets are visiting for the second time in three seasons. The teams last met on Nov. 14, 2011, a 70-52 Tech win at the Arena at Gwinnett in Duluth, Ga. The first meeting occurred on Dec. 6, 1997, an 84-63 Jacket victory in Alexander Memorial Coliseum.
Games of November Remembered
Friday night’s game against Presbyterian was significant because it was the earliest calendar date that Georgia Tech has ever played a regular-season basketball game. It fell one day earlier than last year’s opener against Tulane, and Tech’s season opener of the 2007-08 season against UNC Greensboro, which both fell on Nov. 9.
The Yellow Jackets have eight games scheduled in the month of November, an all-time high. Tech previously played seven games in November in the 2011-12, 2010-11 and 2006-07 seasons.
A check of Tech’s all-time scores and accounting for the number of games it has played in November provides a glimpse into the gradual lengthening of the college basketball season over time. In three seasons under Gregory, Tech has averaged 6.9 November games. Tech averaged 4.9 in 11 seasons under Paul Hewitt, with a low of two in the 2002-03 season. Tech averaged 2.5 games in November in 19 seasons under Bobby Cremins, including NONE in the 1992-93 season, and 1.3 games in November in eight seasons under Dwane Morrison. Whack Hyder’s 22 Tech teams played a TOTAL of four November games.
Tech’s first November game was played Nov. 30, 1956, also the first game ever played at Alexander Memorial Coliseum, and resulted in a 71-61 loss to Duke. The Jackets are 95-34 all-time in November, including an 8-3 mark under Gregory.