Nov. 22, 2011
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech’s basketball team returns home from a 1-2 weekend at the Charleston Classic to host Siena at 7 p.m. Wednesday night at the Arena at Gwinnett. The game will be Tech’s first nationally-televised contest of the year, airing on ESPNU. Radio coverage is on 790 AM and 106.7 FM in Atlanta, and Sirius satellite radio channel 128.
Tickets are $10 for general admission seating and available at the door.
After a 2-0 start under new head coach Brian Gregory, the Yellow Jackets finished sixth in the Charleston Classic, dropping their first-round game to Saint Joseph’s, 66-53, defeating 2011 Final Four team VCU, 73-60, then losing the final-round tilt to LSU, 59-50, Sunday.
Tech has won both of its home games thus far, 92-59 over Florida A&M and 70-52 over Delaware State, both at the Arena at Gwinnett. The Jackets, who have two more games at Gwinnett following tonight’s game, Dec. 19 vs. Alabama A&M and Dec. 22 vs. Mercer, follow tonight’s game with a Nov. 29 game against Northwestern at Philips Arena.
Tech hired Gregory, who enjoyed a successful eight-year run as the head coach at Dayton, as its head coach last March. The new Yellow Jackets’ skipper compiled a record of 172-94 at the Atlantic 10 institution, guiding the Flyers to two NCAA Tournaments and three berths in the NIT, which they won in 2010.
Tech vs. Siena
Tonight’s game is the final meeting and the rubber game in a three-game contract between Georgia Tech and Siena. The Yellow Jackets won the first game, 74-61, in Atlanta on dec. 2, 2009, and the Saints captured the rematch, 62-57, last December in Albany.
Siena holds a 2-1 lead in the overall series, having defeated the Yellow Jackets, 76-68, in the 1994 post-season NIT.
Tech Hosting Meet and Greet/Autugraph Session Monday
Coach Gregory and the entire Georgia Tech team will host a meet and greet and autograph session for fans Monday, Nov. 28, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at STATS Restaurant, 300 Marietta Street. Several alumni players will also be on hand, including Drew Barry, Duane Ferrell, James Forrest and Matt Harpring. Following that, Coach Gregory and Wes Durham will broadcast the weekly Brian Gregory Radio Show from STATS.
Charleston Classic Recap
Georgia Tech lost two of three games in the Charleston Classic, downing 2010 Final Four participant VCU, 73-60, in the second round for its only win of the weekend.
Junior Glen Rice, Jr., played for the first time following his three-game suspension, scoring 19 points against VCU and 11 in a 59-50 loss to LSU Sunday. He hit 57.1 percent of his shots in the two games he played, and led the team in assists and rebounds.
Tech shot 42.8 percent from the floor in the tournament, 24.4 percent from three-point range, while its opponents hit 34.5 percent of their field goal tries, 43.3 percent from three-point range.
Tech outrebounded its three foes by an average of 39.0-32.7, but turned the ball over 49 times to its opponents’ 32.