THE FLATS – Georgia Tech shot nearly 60 percent from the floor, Deivon Smith led five players in double-figure scoring, and the Yellow Jackets got back in the win column Saturday night with an 80-61 men’s basketball victory over North Alabama at McCamish Pavilion.
Tech (4-2) raced out to an 11-0 lead as North Alabama (4-3) missed its first six shots from the floor, and added another 10-0 run minutes later to lead 21-9 eight and a half minutes into the game. The Yellow Jackets connected on 58.1 percent of their shots in the first half, while limiting the Lions to 33.3 percent in building a 43-24 lead at intermission.
The Yellow Jackets shot even better after the break, connecting on 61.9 percent from the floor, and built their lead to as many as 25 points in the first five minutes of the half. The Lions trimmed the deficit to 16 in two occasions after that, but could get no closer.
Smith matched his personal best as a Jacket with 16 points, while Deebo Coleman scored 14, Jalon Moore matched his career high with 13, and Miles Kelly and Lance Terry each added 12. It was the second time this season Tech had five players register double figures, and the Jackets finished the game hitting 59.6 percent from the floor. Tech scored 48 of its points in the paint and also hit 6-for-19 from three-point range.
Bryson Dawkins led the Lions with 12 points, while Daniel Braster scored 11 and K.J. Johnson 10. UNA shot 4-of-18 from three-point range.
Tech goes back on the road for the fourth time in seven games when it visits Iowa in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge Tuesday night. Tip time is 9 p.m., and the game will be televised on ESPNU.