After the excitement of the season opener in the new McCamish Pavilion had worn off, Wednesday’s game against Presbyterian was subdued.
There was no sellout, no former players lining the tunnel as the team headed to the court, or students turned away from an overflow floor-side section.
A crowd of 5,733 — about 3,500 less than Friday’s opener for Tulane — came curious to see how the Yellow Jackets would fare without the momentum of a year’s worth of anticipation. For 20 minutes, it wasn’t good.
But a halftime adjustment made them better against the zone, and the Yellow Jackets responded with an 18-0 run on their way to a 52-38 victory.
“For us to be who we want to be eventually, that stuff can’t matter,” said coach Brian Gregory, when asked about a letdown. “You put on that (Tech) jersey there are certain things that you do, and it doesn’t matter where you’re playing, who you’re playing, if the place is bonkers like it was on Friday or not so much like today. … It’s Georgia Tech basketball. You’ve got to play a certain way. And we’re not there yet.”
– Carroll Rogers