The East Carolina Pirates hung around for a little bit with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets but ultimately the Yellow Jackets pulled away in the second half.
After having their worst offensive performance statistically since 2015 on Tuesday night, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets bounced back on Friday night against East Carolina with a huge win where the offensive performance was the key to the 79-54 victory.
The Yellow Jackets overall shot just under 50 percent for the game and shot 52.7 percent from beyond the arch against the Pirates. Sophomore shooting guard Corey Haywood II and freshman point guard Michael Devoe lead the Yellow Jackets offensive with 18 and 13 points respectively.
Haywood’s 18 points didn’t only lead the Yellow Jackets but it led all scorers as he made 5-of-9 shot attempts including 3-of-5 from three. Devoe on the hand was nearly perfect, making all four of his field goal attempts while hitting three of his four free throw attempts.
The victory over East Carolina also saw quality offensive performances out of a few other key Yellow Jackets including sophomore point guard Jose Alvarado (4-of-7 FG, 9 pts) and redshirt senior shooting guard Brandon Alston (3-of-6 FG, 9 pts). James Banks III followed his quality performance against Tennessee with a similar performance scoring 5 points and bringing down 6 rebounds.
Defensively, it was another strong performance from the Yellow Jackets, as the Jackets forced ECU to shoot at a 35.6 percent clip including just 11.8 percent (2-for-17) from three-point range. The Jackets also forced 22 ECU turnovers on the night. The only notable defensive number that truly needs to improve going forward is the 13 offensive rebound the Jackets allowed to the Pirates.
The 25-point victory for the Yellow Jackets improves their record to 2-1 on the season and 2-0 at McCamish Pavillion. The Jackets will now be off until next Wednesday, November 21, when they take on UT Rio Grande Valley.
The Vaqueros are 3-1 on the season so far with their lone loss coming at the hands of Oklahoma. Before they travel to McCamish on Wednesday, they’ll take on ECU on Monday night.