Hunt leads Yellow Jackets pats Rice

— 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

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.