Yellow Jackets sting Wolverines by 31
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – B.J. Elder poured in a game-high 27 points to
lead fourth-ranked Georgia Tech to a convincing 99-68 win over Michigan in the
ACC-Big Ten Challenge at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.
Elder ended 10-of-12 from the floor, including 7-of-9 from three-point range,
while Will Bynum chipped in 19 points for the Yellow Jackets (4-0), who have
now won 18 straight non-conference games at home.
Jarrett Jack added 16 points and 11 assists for Georgia Tech in the blowout
Courtney Sims scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Wolverines
(3-3), who have dropped three straight contests.
The Yellow Jackets shot 53 percent from the field (39-of-73) and were 13-of-24
from behind the arc (13-of-24). Michigan went 25-of-60 from the floor (42
percent, but connected on just 4-of-14 three-point attempts (29 percent).
Georgia Tech led 10-9 early on, but then put the game away with a commanding
20-0 run. Elder began the crucial spurt with a layup and ended it with a dunk
to give the Yellow Jackets a 30-9 advantage with just over 12 minutes left in
the first half. Jack also chipped in four points while Anthony McHenry added a
three-pointer during the surge.
“I think every coach wants to start out like that, but those plans don’t work
out all the time,” said Georgia Tech head coach Paul Hewitt. “We just felt
that our defensive pressure is good enough and our depth is good enough that
we can force people to make plays. Their guys who are outstanding players had
tough nights. I think they were a little leg weary from their trip, so the
pressure just worked to our favor.”
Jack’s basket moments later stretched the cushion to 38-14, but Michigan got
back into the game as it reeled off nine straight points. Daniel Horton capped
the burst on a jumper with 4:36 left in the stanza to pull his club within 15.
However, Georgia Tech quickly scored nine straight — all on threes — to
widen the gap to 47-23 with 2:31 left. Elder’s three-pointer moments later,
his third in the last two minutes, made it a 25-point game.
“Certainly we are not very pleased with the way we played tonight,” said
Michigan head coach Tommy Amaker. “It wasn’t indicative of the type of team
that we’ve had all year. I give a lot of credit to Georgia Tech and the way
that they played. I thought they played extremely hard and early they shot the
ball extremely well and it really put us back on our heels.”
The Yellow Jackets took a commanding 59-32 cushion into the locker room, keyed
by 18 points by Elder. Bynum scored 13 and Jack added 10 for Georgia Tech,
which shot a blistering 60 percent from the field (24-of-40), including 60
percent from three-point range (9-of-15). Sims had seven points to pace the
Wolverines, who were only 12-of-28 from the floor (43 percent).
Elder’s three-pointer with 14:38 left in the game made it 72-42 and Michigan
never threatened again. The Yellow Jackets led by as many as 35 points in the
final 20 minutes.