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.