Jan. 30, 2010
The Yellow Jackets (16-5) have won four of five and improved to 11-1 at home, dipping out of the Atlantic Coast Conference to take on a Division II school from the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
After Kentucky State’s Troy Johnson cut the lead to 17-15 with a 3-pointer, the Yellow Jackets went on a 48-14 charge that ended on Iman Shumpert’s dunk with 18:12 remaining. Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt pulled his starters a few minutes later with the lead at 32.
Jarrod Gay had 16 points to lead the Thorobreds, (4-13) who hit just 28.3 percent from the field. Tony Johnson added eight for Kentucky State after shooting 2 for 11.
The Yellow Jackers were coming off a 79-58 home win earlier this week over Wake Forest, and will take a big jump back up in competition when they travel to No. 8 Duke on Thursday.
Rice, a reserve guard, was 6 for 6 from the field, including three 3-pointers.
Lawal, a junior forward who’s considered a potential late first-round NBA draft pick, became the 16th Georgia Tech player to score 1,000 points.
Shumpert finished with eight points for Georgia Tech. The starting guard missed six games to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, but he’s averaged 11.6 since returning.
Reserve center Brad Sheehan pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds for the Yellow Jackets.