The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets played their stiffest competition of this early 2013-14 season in their in-state rivals, the Georgia Bulldogs, and actually dispatched of them pretty easily in the 80-71 victory at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Ga. Friday evening.
In the first half of the game the Yellow Jackets really made it a point to push the tempo and went to the rim early and often. UGA managed to slow the game however, and gave Georgia Tech fits by playing a zone. But Georgia Tech was able to navigate through the difficulties and with some help from freshman PG Travis Jorgensen off the bench (who had 4 quick points and a steal at the end of the first half) and were able to take a 43-38 halftime lead.
The Yellow Jackets came out in the second half smoking hot. Tech went on a 12-2 run to start the second half which was capped off by back to back treys from guards Solomon Poole Jr. and Trae Golden, which pushed the Yellow Jackets lead to 55-40. That 15 point lead that was built proved to be insurmountable for the Bulldogs, as the Jackets really were not threatened from the 16:43 mark of the second half on til the end of the game.
A big key to the Georgia Tech win was the play of Kammeon Holsey and Daniel Miller down in the paint. They controlled the interior and both recorded double-doubles. Holsey chipped in off the bench with 10 points and 12 rebounds, while Miller hit for 14 points and 13 boards. Gerogia Tech as a team outrebounded the Bulldogs 49-40 and 15-9 on the offensive glass. Trae Golden had a solid game with 18 points. Though he shot 4 of 12 from the field, he definitely did a great job of controlling the tempo of the game from the opening tip.
Charles Mann had 24 pts for UGA but outside of Kenny Gaines 13 points, Mann really did not get a lot of efficient help offensively. This game was controlled by the Yellow Jackets and the outcome was really never in doubt.
If there is one thing the Yellow Jackets need to work on going forward though, it is how they handle their half-court offense and execution against zones. Particularly with Syracuse coming into the ACC this year, execution in the half-court and against zones especially is going to be imperative. When it is all said and done, Georgia Tech is now 3-0 and has a home date in Atlanta with the Dayton Flyers on Nov.20th.