Georgia Tech 62, Georgia 54

Freshman Marcus Georges-Hunt scored a career-high 18 points and

Georgia Tech never trailed while beating Georgia 62-54 on Tuesday


Georgia Tech (5-2) has won back-to-back games in the state

rivalry for the first time since three straight wins from 1992-94.

The wins have come in the Yellow Jackets’ first two seasons with

coach Brian Gregory.

Mfon Udofia added 12 points for Georgia Tech, including a

three-point play with about 1 minute remaining after Georgia cut

the Yellow Jackets’ lead to 55-50.

Georgia Tech fans chanted ”ACC! ACC!” in the final minute,

mocking Georgia fans’ ”SEC! SEC!” chant in the Bulldogs’ football

win over the Yellow Jackets two weeks ago.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led Georgia (2-6) with 16 points. The

Bulldogs had no other scorer in double figures and made only 31.6

percent of their shots (18 of 57) from the field.

Caldwell-Pope has been the Bulldogs’ leading scorer in every

game, but the sophomore has had too little support in the team’s

disappointing start.

The Yellow Jackets kept their lead in double figures for a

stretch of almost 15 minutes – from less than 5 minutes remaining

in the first half until Marcus Thornton scored on a spinning drive

for Georgia with about 10 minutes remaining. Thornton’s basket cut

Georgia Tech’s lead to 45-37.

Brandon Morris, who had 9 points, scored inside for Georgia to

cut Georgia Tech’s lead to 48-42.

Udofia answered with a 3-pointer for the Yellow Jackets. Robert

Carter made only one of two free throws, but Daniel Miller

rebounded the miss to set up another 3-pointer by Georges-Hunt,

pushing the Yellow Jackets’ lead to 55-42.

Georgia made another charge with an 8-0 run to cut the lead to


After Udofia missed two free throws, Georgia called a timeout

with 1:48 remaining but was denied when Daniel Miller blocked

Vincent Williams’ shot.

Udofia’s three-point play pushed the lead back to eight


Georgia Tech’s tight man-to-man defense extended beyond the

3-point line, keeping constant pressure on the Bulldogs’ guards.

Georgia made only 2 of 17 3-pointers and found it difficult to

create open shots close to the basket.

Georgia Tech shot much better from long range, making 9 of 21


Georges-Hunt set the pace for the game when he blew past

Thornton on a baseline drive for the Yellow Jackets’ first basket.

Thornton, usually one of Georgia’s top rebounders, was called for

his second foul about 5 minutes into the game and sat out the

remainder of the half.

Georgia Tech made 6 of 10 3-pointers in the first half to

overcome its poor shooting (3 of 16) closer to the basket.

Georges-Hunt’s previous scoring high was 14 points in the

season-opening win over Tulane.