So far, the transfer of former Tennessee Volunteer Trae Golden to Georgia Tech has worked out quite well for the Yellow Jackets this season. Golden scored 18 points, including a 3-pointer that was the capper of a 12-2 run by the Yellow Jackets to open the second half, on the way to a 80-71 win over in-state rival Georgia.
Golden, who recently received a hardship transfer exemption from the NCAA so that he could be closer to his ailing father, led the Yellow Jackets in scoring for the second straight game, and was second only to Georgia’s Charles Mann in the game. Golden was also one of three Yellow Jacket reaching double-digits in scoring.
The Jackets have opened the season with three straight wins, and have also put together a streak of three consecutive wins over the rival Bulldogs. This is the first time the Yellow Jackets have had three straight wins in the series since 1992-94, and the Jackets haven’t had back-to-back wins in Athens since between the 1959-61 seasons.
It was Golden’s basket from beyond the arc that gave Georgia Tech a 55-40 lead just minutes into the second half, and the Jackets never looked back, holding on to a double-digit lead for most of the remainder of the game. Golden seemed to find his stroke as the game wore on.
Senior center Daniel Miller had 14 points and 13 rebounds, including 10 defensive boards, and helped the Yellow Jackets dominate the inside game against a much bigger Georgia lineup. The 49-40 edge the Jackets had in rebounds over Georgia had to bring a smile to coach Brian Gregory‘s face, as defense and rebounding are keys that he has been preaching since practices began.
The emergence of Golden has been the big story so far for the Yellow Jackets, who needed some leadership at the guard position. Golden has learned Gregory’s offense quickly, and having started 58 of his 96 games in three seasons at Tennessee, he has the hardened game experience the Yellow Jackets needed.
The Jackets will now begin a seven-game home stand, starting with the Dayton Flyers on Nov. 20 at McCamish Pavilion.