Hunt leads Yellow Jackets pats Rice

ANAHEIM,

Calif. — 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.