There’s Meat Loaf song that goes “Objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are”, and that was the case today when the Ole Miss Rebels (5-0, 4-0 home) ran right by Georgia Tech (5-2, 1-1 away), 77-67, in the Barclays Center Classic semifinal. But the score was nowhere near as close as the 10-point difference.
Ole Miss jumped out to an early lead, and Rebels G Marshall Henderson started knocking down 3-pointers in a hurry to put the game out of reach practically before it had started. Henderson finished with 15 points, one of three Rebels who finished in double-digit scoring numbers.
Sometimes the shots just don’t go down, and that was the case for the Jackets today, especially in the first half, where Tech shot 7 of 34 from the field and 1 for 10 from three point range. The shooting did improve in the second half, as they made 16 of 29 from the field and 6 of 10 from three.
But the slow start was too much to overcome from the hot-shooting Rebels, who simply just had more firepower on the court.
As if the second loss of the young season wasn’t bad enough, Tech G Marcus Georges-Hunt–who has been one of the constants in the Yellow Jackets offense this season-had to be helped off the court with an apparent hip injury in the second half. No details of his condition are available yet.
On a positive note, sophomore G Solomon Poole had an impressive game off the bench, leading all scorers with a career-high 24 points, including 5 for 9 from three-point range. Poole also added two assists and a steal.
The Yellow Jackets will now go on to face the winner of the Penn State – St. Johns semifinal in the Barclays Center Classic consolation game on Saturday at 2:00pm.