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Yellow Jackets Win Opener Against Charleston Southern, 52-39

Nov. 12, 2010

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ATLANTA – Georgia Tech won its season opener Friday night, 52-39 victory over Charleston Southern as Mfon Udofia scored a team-high 12 points, Brian Oliver and Glen Rice Jr. added 11 each and redshirt freshman center Daniel Miller pitched in five points, six rebounds, seven blocked shots and three steals..

The home team shot 28.8 percent (17 of 59), made but three of 22 3-pointers (13.6 percent), and was good on a modest 15 of 28 free throws. It was the first time Tech shot under 30 percent since losing on Feb. 28, 2001, to Florida State.

Tech opened with an 11-0 run in Alexander Memorial Coliseum, and started the second half with a 10-1 burst. Otherwise the Bucs outscored the Jackets 38-31, and the Big South Conference team outrebounded the Jackets 51-39.

Thanks to Charleston Southern’s 29 turnovers, the Jackets are 1-0. The Bucs were the more scarred team of two who struggled to score. They made 14 of 52 shots, four of 24 from beyond the stripe. Jonathan Brooks of Rutland High in Macon led the Bucs with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

The Jackets led 23-13 in the first half after making eight of 35 shots, and one of 13 3-pointers.

Oliver found his stroke briefly in the second half with a pair of 3-point shots in the first four minutes, and Tech pushed the lead to 39-19 on an alley-oop from Miller to freshman Jason Morris with 11:53 remaining. The Bucs put together a 12-3 run to close to within 48-39 with about one minute left.

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