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Georgia Tech Overpowered by Mississippi in Barclays Center Classic

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.

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