Georgia Tech 54, Rice 36

Marcus Georges-Hunt had 11 points and nine rebounds to lead

Georgia Tech to a 54-36 victory over Rice on Thursday night in an

opening-round game of the DirecTV Classic.

Georgia Tech (3-0) opened the second half with a 13-3 run,

including a 12-footer and a 3-pointer by Brandon Reed 32 seconds

apart. Georges-Hunt, a freshman, capped the rally on a pair of free

throws, giving the Yellow Jackets a 38-22 lead with 15:11

remaining.

Rice (1-3) went 7:36 without a field goal during that stretch,

which was sandwiched by 3-pointers from Owls reserve guard Austin

Ramljak. The junior, who grew up in nearby Thousand Oaks and began

his collegiate career at Ventura College, led the Owls with 18

points and shot 6 for 12 from the field – all of his shots coming

from 3-point range.