In what some call “the rematch of the game that got Paul Hewitt fired“, Kennesaw State put up a good fight, but in the end the size and strength of Georgia Tech was too much, as the home team Jackets went on to dominate the Owls, 74-57, at McCamish Pavilion on Monday night.
The win gave the Georgia Tech men’s basketball team their third straight victory, and closed out the homestand 3-0.
Georgia Tech center Daniel Miller led all scorers with 16 points, while pulling down eight rebounds to go with three blocks and three steals on the night. It was the size of Miller and other big bodies that ended up being the road blocks for Kennesaw’s quick guards.
Yellow Jackets forward Robert Carter, Jr. had a double-double, putting up 15 points and 15 rebounds, along with 2 blocks and steals each.
The Owls started off strong, and hung tough until about midway through the first half, but were simply outgunned and couldn’t keep up with the Jackets who pulled away and never looked back. Kennesaw State’s Orlando Coleman had his typical game, and hit his season averages, leading the Owls with 12 points, seven rebounds and two steals. The rest of the Owls struggled to score, shooting only 38.2% from the field, including a paltry 2-16 from behind the arc.
When you stop the Owls perimeter game, you’ve essentially brought their offense to a halt, as they depend on mid to long-range jumpers to keep themselves in games. The bigger Jackets kept the open looks to a minimum, and then outrebounded the Owls 46-37. Both teams turned the ball over 11 times each.
Tech spread the ball around and kept the Owls off-balance on defense, with four Yellow Jackets scoring in double figures, and were simply smothering on defense. It was a complete game, and one that the Jackets dominated as expected.
The Owls look much better than than have the past couple of seasons, and will definitely make some noise once they get into Atlantic Sun Conference play.
Next up for the Yellow Jackets is a trip to Nashville to take on SEC opponent, Vanderbilt, on Dec. 21, before closing out the non-conference schedule at Charlotte.