The Georgia Tech men’s basketball team used a huge 45-point second half on Tuesday night to cruise by the Virginia Tech Hokies as the Jackets took down the No.16 Hokies 69-53 in Cassell Coliseum. The second-half explosion for the Jackets came after a first half that saw the ACC rivals combine for just 48-points, heading into halftime with a 24-24 tie.
Moses Wright was completely dominant in the game, posting 26 points including 17 of those in the second half on 9-of-11 shooting from the field and 7-of-11 from the free-throw line. He also brought down 10 boards and dished out three assists in the victory. Jose Alvarado and Michael Devoe also had quality games, totaling 13 and 12 points each though they weren’t as efficient as Wright in the game, going a combined 10-of-24 from the field.
As a team, the Jackets shot effectively in the game, including 52% from the field (26-for-50) and 40% from beyond the arch (8-for-20). They did struggle at the free-throw line going 9-for-14 but their hot shooting from the field was too much for the Hokies to overcome.
Defensively, the Yellow Jackets dominated in the game, keeping the Hokies to a 41.3% field goal percentage including 35.7% from long range. They also forced 16 turnovers in the game while only turning the ball over themselves seven times. Virginia Tech star forward Keven Aluma was held to just 12 points on 5-of-15 shooting.
The Yellow Jackets will look for their fourth-straight victory on Saturday afternoon when they take on the Syracuse Orange at McCamish Pavillion. The Orange currently sit at 13-7 on the season including 7-6 in conference play.