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Second Half Surge Lifts Yellow Jackets over Blue Hose


Georgia Tech used a 16-0 run to start the second half and rally from a 25-24 halftime deficit to take the 52-38 win over the Presbyterian College men's basketball team tonight in front of 5,733 fans at McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta, Ga.

PC drops to 0-2 early in the season while Georgia Tech improves to 2-0.

Khalid Mutakabbir led the Blue Hose with 13 points and seven assists, including a three-for-six effort from beyond the three-point arc.  He was followed by Jordan Downing with eight points.  Joshua Clyburn pulled down a team-leading eight rebounds.

The Yellow Jackets were led by Marcus Georges-Hunt and Robert Carter, Jr., both of whom had 10 points.  Daniel Miller paced the team with nine rebounds.

PC shot 37.5% from the field, but was just five-of-15 in three-pointers.  Georgia Tech shot 33.3% from the field and held the rebounding edge, 34-30.  Turnovers were a key with the Yellow Jackets holding the 18-7 advantage and posting a 23-10 margin in points off turnovers.  GT controlled the paint as well, 28-14.

Georgia Tech was 11-of-16 from the charity stripe, compared to three-for-seven for PC.

The Yellow Jackets scored the game's first seven points before a William Truss layup at the 14:52 mark made it a 7-2 game.  Down 12-4, PC used five points by Mutakabbir to take a 7-0 run of its own to cut the margin to three, 12-9, with 12:25 left in the first half.

Georgia Tech led 14-9 when Downing hit back-to-back baskets, including a three-pointer, to help the Blue Hose knot the game at 14-14, at the 6:28 mark.  The Yellow Jackets retook the lead at 5:42 off two free throws by Udofia to make it 16-14.

Mutakabbir banked in a three-pointer  to give PC a 17-16 lead with 4:56 to go and on the next possession hit another three as the Blue Hose took a 20-16 lead at the 4:04 mark.  Georgia Tech ended the 6-0 run with a basket by Jason Morris to make it 20-18 with 3:51 on the clock.

Both teams traded baskets with PC taking the three-point, 25-22 lead at the 1:58 mark off baskets by Truss and Downing.  A basket by Georges-Hunt at 1:06 cut the PC lead to one at 25-24, but GT could not convert the basket as the first half expired with the Blue Hose leading 25-24.

PC shot 45.5% in the first half with Mutakabbir leading the Blue Hose with 12 points.  The Yellow Jackets shot 25.0% with Udofia pacing the team with seven points.

After a second-half opening basket by PC to make it 27-24 at 19:48, Georgia Tech scored the next 18 in a row the next eight minutes, based in part on multiple baskets by Carter, Kammeon Holsey and Chris Bolden, and took a 42-37 lead with 11:23 on the clock.

Truss ended the PC drought off a Truss basket at 10:45 with Georgia Tech holding the 42-29 lead.  A three-pointer by Austin Anderson and a basket by Downing cut the deficit to 10 at 46-36 with 5:08 on the clock.  Truss cut it to eight off a layup with 2:34 left, as part of a 7-0 run by the Blue Hose over a four-and-a-half minute span.

Georges-Hunt ended the GT drought with a field goal at 1:23 as the Yellow Jackets went back up by 10, 48-38.  Carter made it a 13-point game with a three-pointer as Georgia Tech pulled away in the late stages to win 52-38.

The Blue Hose next travel to Omaha, Neb., to take on 13th-ranked Creighton Sunday, Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. (ET), before heading to Madison, Wisc., to face Wisconsin Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. (ET).

CLINTON, S.C. Women's basketball's Janie Miles (Clemson, S.C.) and men's basketball's William Truss (Vestavia Hills, Ala.) were named Presbyterian College's Female and Male Athletes of the Week for their accomplishments on the court for the week ending December 9.