Rice’s return sparks Georgia Tech

Glen Rice Jr. scored 19 points, 15 in the second half, and Georgia Tech surged back from an early 13-point deficit to stop Virginia Commonwealth 66-53 in the Charleston (S.C.) Classic on Friday night.

Rice is Georgia Tech’s leading returning scorer and rebounder, but he did not play in his team’s first three games because of a suspension by coach Brian Gregory for team rules violations.

With the Jackets trailing 38-33, Rice hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Yellow Jackets a lead that they would not surrender.

Quotable

  • “[Rice] gives us more depth on the perimeter and, two, we get more guys who can make plays for each other.” -Gregory.
  • “I was pretty happy because players don’t like to sit out. I was a little nervous in the beginning, but thanks to my team, they helped me get back in it.” – Rice
  • “Beating them, it made us feel good. But what felt the best was knowing we stuck together as a team even when they threw their best punch.” – Rice

Notes

  • Rice hit 7 of 11 field-goal attempts. He tied for the team high with eight rebounds and four assists.
  • VCU, an NCAA tournament surprise a season ago when it made the Final Four, fell to 1-2. The Rams had won six in a row against teams from BCS conferences before losing in Charleston on back-to-back nights.
  • Georgia Tech will play LSU in the fifth place game at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

7 comments Add your comment

Burdell 90

November 19th, 2011
10:45 am

5150 UOAD

November 19th, 2011
10:57 am

Good to have Glen back. Now keep your nose clean and do what the coach tells you to do.
Good Win.

5150 UOAD

November 19th, 2011
11:03 am

ken are you doing a Live Game Blog for the TECH Duke game?

Crazy Robert

November 19th, 2011
11:59 am

STOMP LSU!!! GO JACKETS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

moboman

November 19th, 2011
7:05 pm

What a difference inbounding and breaking the press. Looks like a different team.

Sane Robert

November 19th, 2011
8:37 pm

Welcome back Glen.

[...] PostBasketball to Complete Classic Against Georgia TechLSUSports.netRichmond Times Dispatch -Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)all 192 news [...]