Tech wins in a blowout

ATLANTA — Jarrett Jack didn't miss and his Georgia Tech teammates just followed his lead.

It was more than Georgia could handle Sunday night as the fourth-ranked Yellow Jackets overwhelmed the Bulldogs 87-49 at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

The 38-point victory is the Yellow Jackets' largest in series history, one that spans 181 games.

Jack, a junior point guard, scored 18 points on 7-of-7 shooting from the field, including three 3-pointers. His three treys matched a career high and put Jack at 50 percent (8 of 16) from 3-point range on the season.

"When I come to play, it's kind of contagious," said Jack, who scored 16 points in the first half. "It trickles down to everybody else on the team."

It did on this night. Tech (5-0) shot 53.6 percent from the floor, including a blistering 64 percent in the first half, and had four other players in double figures.

B.J. Elder scored a game-high 19, Isma'il Muhammad added 12 and center Luke Schenscher had 12 points and 14 rebounds. Freshman center Ra'Sean Dickey scored a career-high 12 points, all in the second half.

Levi Stukes led Georgia (1-3) with 17 points. Freshman guard Sundiata Gaines scored 12 points for the Bulldogs.

Despite the loss, Stukes was not impressed with the Yellow Jackets.

"They weren't the best team tonight," Stukes said. "They just did some things we didn't do."

Tech led 43-30 at the intermission and opened the second half on a 17-2 run. The Yellow Jackets outscored Georgia 44-19 in the second half. The Bulldogs made just five second-half field goals.

"In the second half, Tech just ran away from us," Georgia coach Dennis Felton said. "Obviously, they are a powerful team and the game simply got away from us."

It was a rough night for the Bulldogs, and no one had it tougher than freshman center Dave Bliss. The Bulldogs' leading rebounder picked up two fouls in the game's first 46 seconds. After sitting out the entire rest of the first half, Bliss collected his third and fourth fouls in the first 1:56 of the second half.

He came back in the game near the 12-minute mark of the second half, only to pick up his fifth foul less than a minute later. Bliss had just one rebound — eight fewer than his season average — and no points in 3:27 of court time.

Without Bliss, the Bulldogs struggled on the glass. Tech outrebounded Georgia 44-25.

"As long as we play defense and as long as we rebound, everything works itself out," said Schenscher, who set season highs in points and rebounds. "We get the rebound and then we run out and play our game and everybody gets to score."

The game, however, was not without incident.

After Jack hit a driving lay-up with 14:55 remaining in the second half to make it 59-32, Felton called timeout.

As the teams filed toward their benches, Muhammad bumped Georgia forward Steve Newman. Newman pushed Muhammad, and then Jack pushed Newman before coaches and officials separated the teams. Jack and Newman were given technical fouls after officials reviewed the television footage.

The altercation gave the rest of the game an edge, exciting the capacity crowd and forcing the officials to call the game much tighter.

"That's OK. Nothing too dirty was going on," Muhammad said. "It's all in the competition."

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