This is the kind of win that Georgia Tech needed before they play Ole Miss in the Barclay Center Classic Friday afternoon. They needed to play a complete game and dominate from beginning to end against a lesser opponent for their confidence. They did exactly that in defeating the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils 76-59 Tuesday night at McCamish Pavilion.
The Yellow Jackets did what they were supposed to do against smaller and lesser competition – they played great defense and dominated the glass. In the first half Georgia Tech held the Delta Devils to 12.9% (4 of 31) shooting from the field and owned the boards 30 to 16 on their way to taking a commanding 41-14 lead going into the locker room.
The second half ended up being more of the same, as the Jackets kicked in the cruise control and never let MVSU cut the lead to under 20 points until it was garbage time at the end of the second half.
Head coach Brian Gregory was able to get a lot of floor time for his bench, playing 11 different players. Ten players scored in this game, led by Robert Carter Jr.–who was just a monster in the paint–logging a double-double with 13 points and 15 rebounds. Daniel Miller was also a force down low, grabbing 11 rebounds to go along with eight points. Trae Golden added 10 points on 3 of 4 shooting from the field.
For Miss Valley St., Anthony McDonald had 17 points and DeAngelo Priar had 14 points on 5 of 11 shooting. The Delta Devils were too small and out-manned in terms of talent, and the final score does not really speak to how thorough of a beating Georgia Tech actually gave them.
If there is one trend that continued on as far as the Yellow Jackets are concerned, they still turned the ball over far too much. With 14 turnovers tonight, the Yellow Jackets now have five straight games with double-digit turnover numbers. Turnovers will happen, but the continued trend of high numbers is something that coach Gregory has to be concerned about going forward.
Georgia Tech’s competition is going to be more formidable when they hit the Barclay Center Classic this week, starting with SEC sharp-shooter Marshall Henderson and the Mississippi Rebels to open that tournament.