Georgia Tech openers new home with rout

ATLANTA — Kammeon Holsey, who didn’t
start due to an ankle injury, scored 18 points and Georgia Tech opened
its season by beating Tulane 79-61 on Friday night.

Georgia Tech opened its new McCamish Pavilion, built on the site of the Yellow Jackets’ old Alexander-Memorial Coliseum.

Josh Davis led Tulane (0-1) with a career-high 27 points. Ricky Tarrant had 18.

Holsey, a junior forward, came off the
bench less than 5 minutes into the game and immediately assumed a lead
scoring role for Georgia Tech (1-0), which returns all five starters.

Brian Gregory opened his second season
as Georgia Tech’s coach by starting freshmen forwards Marcus
Georges-Hunt, who had 14 points and seven rebounds, and Robert Carter,
Jr., who had nine points and seven rebounds. Another freshman, Chris
Bolden, made two 3-pointers and had 10 points.

Junior center Daniel Miller had 10
points, 10 rebounds and six assists for Georgia Tech. Miller helped the
Yellow Jackets Georgia Tech take a commanding 47-23 advantage in
rebounds.

The Yellow Jackets pushed their lead to
double figures for the first time, at 20-10, on a jumper by Bolden.
Georgia Tech led 39-30 before the Green Wave closed to within five
points, at 41-36, on a basket by Davis early in the second half.

Georgia Tech took control with a 19-7
run. Holsey had a three-point play as part of his run of seven straight
points during the run.

Davis made 12 of 15 shots for Tulane,
but some of his teammates struggled from the field. Jordan Callahan made
only 2 of 12 shots for four points. Center Tomas Bruha, who had only
four rebounds, made only 2 of 7 shots for 4 points.

Georgia Tech had more than 140 former
players, managers and trainers back for the game, including its first
All-American, Roger Kaiser, and all-time leading scorer Rich Yunkus.
Among other former players recognized at halftime were John Salley, Matt
Harpring, Kenny Anderson and Dennis Scott.

Former coaches Bobby Cremins and Dwayne Morrison joined the players on the court.

Tulane took a 57-52 home win over Georgia Tech last season.

Georgia Tech announced a sellout, listed at 8,600.