The Georgia Tech men’s basketball team struggled a bit, but the good shooting of recently transferred senior guard Trae Golden helped to lift the Yellow Jackets to a 68-50 win over the Delaware State Hornets at McCamish Pavilion on Monday night.
Golden hit his first four shots, and then went on to score a game high 16 points, as the former Tennessee Volunteer finished with a 7-10 night shooting the ball. Outside of Golden’s nice night on the court, the Jackets probably let Delaware State hang around a little longer than they should have, carrying only a single-digit lead late into the game.
Other than Golden, the guard play by the Jackets was less than expected, with both starter Solomon Poole and reserve Travis Jorgenson both coming up empty on field goal attempts (Poole did hit two free throws). Only Stacey Poole, Jr. added any guard scoring from the bench, totaling six points.
Sophomore forward Marcus Georges-Hunt had 12 points and eight rebounds for the Yellow Jackets, and fellow sophomore forward Robert Carter Jr. also added 11 points and blocked five shots, to give the duo two impressive games in a row to open the season. As predicted, the Hornets had a stifling defense and were excellent on the boards, only grabbing two less rebounds than the Yellow Jackets all night.
Despite a 31-18 lead at halftime, the Hornets never felt they were out of the game, and let the dominance on the glass and some excellent three-point shooting get them back within striking distance. But the Hornets were simply out-gunned, having only one scorer–Tyshawn Bell–in double-digits.
The Yellow Jackets now prepare for a trip to Athens, Ga. to take on rival in what is always a hotly contested early season game.