Citadel slump continues at Georgia Tech
ATLANTA (CIT) - The tandem of Kammeon Holsey and Marcus Georges-Hunt tallied 14 and 12 points, respectively, as Georgia Tech completed a 73-41 win over The Citadel on Saturday afternoon at the McCamish Pavilion.
Holsey and Georges-Hunt were the only two players to reach double figures in a Yellow Jacket lineup that hit 43.7 percent (31-of-71) from the field. Holsey knocked down 7-of-10 field goals and crashed the boards for seven rebounds, while Georges-Hunt provided the deep threat by hitting 4-of-5 from 3-point range.
Georgia Tech's Robert Carter, Jr., tied for a game-high 10 rebounds, as the Yellow Jackets controlled the post with a 46 in points in the paint and 25 second chance points. Georgia Tech moved to 8-2 overall following the victory.
The Citadel (3-7) offense came from the trio of Mike Groselle (9 points), Lawrence Miller (9 points) and Stephen Elmore (8 points). Groselle hit a team-high four field goals, while Miller and Elmore hit three apiece. The Bulldogs finished 15-of-59 (25.4%) from the floor, converting only 3-of-22 (13.6%) from the perimeter.
Elmore and Groselle provided a significant presence in the post, combining for 17 of the team's 33 total rebounds. Elmore hauled in 10, including four on the offensive glass, while Groselle's seven boards were highlighted by four on the defensive end.
Leading by a 41-16 margin at the break, Georgia Tech countered three points from the duo of Groselle and Elmore with five points, including a Daniel Miller dunk, to open up a 47-19 lead.
That Yellow Jacket lead ballooned to 50-20 before a Miller drained a 3-pointer at the 13:52 mark for the second Citadel field goal of the half.
After an Elmore layup made for a 52-25 difference, Georgia Tech responded with a 7-0 run that was capped off with a Miller dunk in transition.
Led by Groselle's six points, The Citadel outscored Georgia Tech 12-8 over the next 5:18 of the contest to make for a 67-37 score.
The Yellow Jackets allowed just four Bulldog points in the final 2:35 of the frame, highlighted by a Janeil Jenkins trey, as they earned their fifth all-time victory over The Citadel.
Behind the combination of Georges-Hunt (12 points) and Holsey (8 points), Georgia Tech took a 25-point lead into the intermission.
The Yellow Jackets finished 17-of-38 (44.7%) from the floor, including a 5-of-14 (35.7%) performance from beyond the arc. Georges-Hunt and Holsey shared the team-high in made field goals in the opening frame with four, however Georges-Hunt held the scoring edge as all of his made field goals came from 3-point range.
Georgia Tech also held a 15-3 edge in second chance points due in large part to a 28-18 edge in rebounds.
The Citadel struggled to find its offensive flow in the opening half after hitting just 6-of-31 (19.4%) from the field. Facing a double-digit deficit for a large part of the first half, the Dogs turned to their 3-point game which resulted in just 1-of-11 (9.1%) shooting.
Elmore and Miller scored four points apiece, tying for the team-high, as Elmore led the way with a pair of field goals.
Elmore also made his presence felt on the glass with five rebounds, tying teammate Mike Groselle for the team-high.
After falling in an early 7-0 hole, The Citadel's Ashton Moore hit a jumper from the foul line to put the Bulldogs on the board at the 17:08 mark.
Less than a minute later, Groselle trimmed the Yellow Jacket lead to 7-3, only to see Georgia Tech put together a 13-0 run over the next 4:42 of the contest to open up a 20-3 advantage.
Janeil Jenkins found Van Scyoc deep in the corner, who buried a 3-pointer and halted The Citadel's scoreless streak at the 12:10 mark. Just over a minute later, Quinton Marshall followed with a layup to keep the Dogs within striking distance at 22-8.
The Citadel's fourth point in the paint came from Elmore, who put the Bulldogs into double figures as the Ramblin' Wreck held a 12-point advantage, 22-10.
A trio of 3-pointers by Georges-Hunt over the next 3:27 of the half extended the Yellow Jacket lead to 39-10, providing the largest cushion of the half.
Lawrence Miller responded for the Cadets with four consecutive points, but Georgia Tech ended the half with a 41-16 lead.
The Bulldogs will enjoy a nine-day Christmas break before returning to action on Jan. 1 to face Clemson at Littlejohn Coliseum at 4 p.m. on ESPN3.