Month: December 2014

Georgia Tech men’s basketball wins home game over Charlotte, 67-66

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets forward Marcus Georges-HuntPhoto Credit: Vern Verna / Ai Wire
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets forward Marcus Georges-Hunt
Photo Credit: Vern Verna / Ai Wire

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Marcus Georges-Hunt knew that Charlotte would make a run at Georgia Tech.

The question in Georges-Hunt’s mind was how well the Yellow Jackets would respond.

“That’s where the toughness comes in,” he said. “Mentally, you have to be strong and be able to attack them and play aggressive and play defense and keep your head.”

Georges-Hunt scored a career-high 25 points, Charles Mitchell and Quinton Stephens each added nine points and Georgia Tech edged Charlotte 67-66 on Tuesday night.

Travis Jorgenson drove the ball past Mike Thorne Jr. on the Yellow Jackets’ final possession and bounce-passed to Georges-Hunt on the left side. Rather than pull up for a mid-range jumper, Georges-Hunt went straight to the basket and scored over Thorne for the game’s last basket.

After Charlotte coach Alan Major called timeout with 1.9 seconds remaining, Terrence Williams missed a fadeaway 3-point attempt at the buzzer.

Georgia Tech (9-3) has won six of eight.

Jackets coach Brian Gregory was pleased that Georges-Hunt was moving into position while Jorgenson was dribbling down the right side.

“Marcus took advantage of it and attacked the basket,” Gregory said. “He finished with authority. That was a big-time finish.”

Pierria Henry, whose two free throws with 11 seconds remaining gave the 49ers a one-point lead, finished with 14 points. Williams had 13, Torin Dorn added 12 and Willie Clayton, who fouled out, scored 10 for Charlotte (6-6).

The 49ers, who were coming off a three-point loss Saturday at Georgetown, have dropped four of six.

“You’ve got to give credit to Georgia Tech’s defense in the first half,” Henry said. “They had us a little discombobulated.”

Chris Bolden hit a 3 to give Georgia Tech its first double-digit lead at 23-12, and the Jackets were up by as much as 12 late in the first half.

But Charlotte, which hadn’t led since the game’s first minute, went up 42-41 on Dorn’s layup with 11:13 remaining.

Charlotte took its biggest lead at five, going ahead 47-42 after Henry hit a pair of free throws and a layup on a four-point possession that included a technical foul on Stephens.

“We came back in the second half and really set the tone,” Major said. “We got ourselves back to scoring in the paint.”

Georges-Hunt’s previous career high was 23 points against Wake Forest last Feb. 1.

The 49ers began the game 0 for 10 on 3s before Keyshawn Woods’ trey put them up 51-49 at the 7:22 mark. Charlotte dropped to 1-9 against Georgia Tech, 1-4 in Atlanta.

Led by Mitchell and Georges-Hunt with seven apiece, Georgia Tech had 35 rebounds, nine more than Charlotte, and has won the boards in all but one game this season. The Jackets, who rank 10th nationally in offensive rebounding, had 15 on their end of the floor.

“Those 5 offensive rebounds led to 17 second-chance points,” Gregory said. “We finished much better today. Our last game out, we did not finish around the basket. We did today.”

Crider’s Double-Double Leads Georgia State to 65-45 Win Over UL Monroe

Georgia State junior guard RJ HunterPhoto credit: Georgia State Athletics
Georgia State junior guard RJ Hunter
Photo credit: Georgia State Athletics

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Junior Markus Crider recorded his first career double-double and Georgia State used a late second half run to score a 65-45 victory over UL Monroe on Tuesday night in the Sun Belt opener for both schools.

Crider, who barely missed a pair of double-doubles earlier in the year, finished with 13 points and tied a career-high with 10 rebounds. After missing his first three shots of the game, he made his last five and went 3-of-4 from the free throw line.

With the score tied at 36-36 with 13:27 to play, Georgia State (8-4, 1-0 Sun Belt) responded with a 16-0 run to take a 52-36 lead with 6:35 to play and never looked back.

R.J. Hunter and Ryan Harrow, the No. 3 scoring duo in the country, were held to just 25 points, but 57.7 percent shooting by the Panthers in the second half allowed GSU to overcome a six-point second half deficit and earn the win.

Hunter finished with 18 points and moved ahead of Chavelo Holmes and into fourth on Georgia State’s all-time scoring list. He now has 1,380 career points and is just 13 shy of Devonta White for third.

Harrow who scored seven points and was held in single digits for the first time this year dished out eight of the Panthers’ 18 assists.

Georgia State has now won 18 of its first 19 games in the Sun Belt since returning to the league and 30 of 37 games overall dating back to last season. The Panthers have also won 17-straight home games, just eight shy of the school record of 25 set between 2000 and 2002.

“It was truly a game of two halves and two teams,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “I thought Markus Crider was big for us tonight. We made an adjustment at half time to space ULM out. When we did that, it opened it up for Markus and worked out.

“Our defense and our energy was what won that game for us tonight. It was absolutely incredible.”

UL Monroe took an early 15-7 with a little more than eight minutes to go in the first half as Georgia State missed 14 of its first 17 shots. Georgia State’s defensive kept them in the game, as the Warhawks shot just 25 percent over that same stretch.

Georgia State responded with three 3-pointers, including two from Hunter, one from Jalen Brown and a reverse lay-up from Harrow to go on a 11-0 run and take a 20-17 lead with 4:53 to play in the first half.

Despite shooting 32 percent in the first half and 3-of-11 from 3-point range, the Panthers went into the locker room trailing just 26-23.

Following a 3-pointer by ULM’s Nick Coppola gave the Warhawks a 29-23 lead early in the second half, the Panthers responded took a 36-35 lead with 14:25 to play as Crider scored eight-straight Panther points.

Georgia State then used its run before building the biggest lead of the game, 20 points, which also was the final margin.

UL Monroe (6-6, 0-1 Sun Belt) was had no players score in double figures as Jamaal Samuel led the Warhawks with nine points and five rebounds.

Preseason all-conference honoree Tylor Ongwae was held both scoreless and without a rebound. Last season, Ongwae scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against the Panthers in Monroe, La.

Senior captain Ryann Green added a career-high seven points and pulled down five rebounds in a career-high 21 minutes for Georgia State, while Kevin Ware added nine points off the bench.

Freshman Jordan Session added four points and set a career-high with seven rebounds in 17 minutes off the bench.

Georgia State held ULM to just 28.3 percent shooting and outrebounded the Warhawks, 39-33.

The Panthers 18 assists came on just 24 made field goals, including all nine first half baskets.

Inside the Inquirer: Postgame presser with Atlanta Hawks’ Kyle Korver (12/30/14)

Atlanta Hawks' guard Kyle KorverPhoto credit: Jesse D. Garrabrant – NBAE/Getty Images
Atlanta Hawks’ guard Kyle Korver
Photo credit: Jesse D. Garrabrant – NBAE/Getty Images

By E. Marcel Pourtout, Editor

We attended the postgame presser of Atlanta Hawks’ guard Kyle Korver following his team’s 109-101 home victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Dec. 30. He had 19 points and eight rebounds in the win.

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