Georgia Tech beats Alabama A&M 66-46
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech flexed its inside muscle again Tuesday and came away with another win.
Demarco Cox and Charles Mitchell combined for 25 points and 17 rebounds to power the Yellow Jackets to a 66-46 win over Alabama A&M on Tuesday night.
Cox, a 6-foot-8, 276-pound senior transfer from Ole Miss had 13 points on 6-for-8 shooting and three rebounds. Mitchell, a 6-foot-8, 269-pound junior transfer from Maryland, scored 12 points with a game-high 14 rebounds, nine of them offensive. The duo combined for 30 points and 17 rebounds in the season opener against Georgia.
“I stepped into a bigger role here and I accepted the challenge,” Mitchell said.
Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory was pleased with the way his team rebounded, but unhappy with the way they finished. The Yellow Jackets outrebounded Alabama A&M 45-26, but scored only 20 points on second-chance baskets.
“When you get 20 offensive rebounds you’ve got to get more than 20 second-chance points,” Gregory said. “And we did a good job getting to the free throw line, but not a good job converting.”
Georgia Tech made 15 of 27 free throws.
“They beat us on the offensive glass,” Alabama A&M coach Willie Hayes said. “Any time you give up 20 offensive rebounds, you’re not going to be successful.”
Georgia Tech used three substantial first-half runs to put Alabama A&M away early. An 11-0 spurt punctuated by a Mitchell basket gave the Yellow Jackets a 13-6 lead. Georgia Tech then used a 7-0 stretch to complete a 20-5 run and took a 22-11 lead on a tip-in by Quinton Stephens with 6:29 left in the half. The Yellow Jackets stretched it out with a 10-2 run to end the first half for a 34-20 lead.
Alabama A&M got as close as 13 points when a layup by West with 13:56 left made it 43-30, but Georgia Tech responded with a 13-2 spurt that put the game out of reach.
“I told them that was a critical four-minute stretch for us,” Gregory said. “That four-minute stretch was our best of the game.”
Georgia Tech’s size prevented Alabama A&M from taking the ball inside and the Bulldogs also had little success outside. Alabama A&M shot just 36 percent from the floor and only 26.9 percent on 3-point attempts.
Georgia Tech (2-0) also got eight points each from Marcus Georges-Hunt, who added five rebounds, and freshman Tadric Jackson.
Alabama A&M (0-2) was led by Nicholas West with 11 points and Ladarius Tabb’s 10.
Alabama A&M: The Bulldogs continue to struggle on 3-point shots. They made only 7 of 26 against Georgia Tech after hitting 7 of 19 in the opener against Dayton.
Georgia Tech: Josh Heath, a sophomore transfer from South Florida, got his first start. Heath had seven points, seven assists and no turnovers in 21 minutes.
Georgia Tech hosts IPFW on Friday.
Alabama A&M hosts Oakwood on Saturday.
Georgia Tech improved to 5-0 against Alabama A&M and to 15-1 against teams from the Southwest Athletic Conference. The lone loss came to Southern University in the opening round of the 1993 NCAA tournament.
Georgia Tech held out redshirt freshman point guard Travis Jorgenson, who is recovering from surgery on his right knee. Jorgenson started and played 22 minutes in the season opener against Georgia.