ATLANTA (AP) (Dec. 28) – Jason Collier scored a season-high 29 points and Alvin Jones added 19 to lead Georgia Tech to a 97-73 win over North Carolina-Greensboro Tuesday night.
|Georgia Tech basketball coach Bobby Cremins gives some advice to his team as it plays North Carolina-Greensboro on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at Alexander Memorial Coliseum in Atlanta. Georgia Tech won 97-73. (AP Photo/Erik S. Lesser)|
After struggling in recent home victories over Morehead State and Wofford, the Yellow Jackets (6-4) never allowed Greensboro to trim their lead under 11 points following Jason Floyd’s 3-pointer at the 4:44 mark of the first half.
The Jackets, whose margin of victory was their largest this season, then went on an 11-0 run that ended with Collier making a pair of free throws for a 51-29 lead with 1:20 left before intermission.
Tech built a 51-34 halftime lead by hitting 10 of 16 attempts from beyond the 3-point arc, with Floyd going 5-for-5. Floyd, who finished with 15 points, went 0-for-2 on field goal attempts in the second half.
Collier, who established a career high with 30 points at Florida State last season, was 8-for-10 from the field in the second half. During a 3:23 stretch of the second half, he scored 10 of Tech’s 12 points as the Jackets increased their lead to 83-59.
Collier, a 7-foot power forward, finished with a team-high nine rebounds. Jones’ 19 points were a season-high for the 6-foot-11 center.
Tech made all nine of its free throw attempts attempts. Greensboro did not take a foul shot in the first 20 minutes.
The Spartans (6-4) were led by Demetrius Cherry, who finished with 18 points and nine rebounds. Sam Brinson added 11 for Greensboro.