UPDATED: Tech blows past Citadel, 73-41

Updated, 8:15 p.m. – Georgia Tech wanted The Citadel to come to McCamish Pavilion so badly the school even agreed to pay for its bus ride to and from Atlanta on top of writing a $75,000 check.

Saturday’s game made the reason for Tech’s interest fairly clear. The Yellow Jackets claimed an easy win that provided plenty of playing time for their reserves in a 73-41 win over the Bulldogs. It was Tech’s fourth consecutive win, the first time the Jackets have done that since the 2009-10 season.

“We’re making some progress, there’s no doubt about it,” coach Brian Gregory said. “And we still have a long way to go.”

The Citadel, which entered the game No. 347 out of 347 Division I teams in RPI according to realtimerpi.com, never had a chance against a Tech team that has loaded up on relative weaklings in its final five games before the start of ACC play in January.

Playing before an unusually revved-up holiday crowd of 7,769 that was supported by hundreds of walk-up customers, Tech improved to 8-2 while The Citadel fell to 3-7.

With another efficient all-court performance from freshman forward Robert Carter, Tech led 20-3 less than eight minutes in. After a 17-0 run later on, the margin grew to 39-10 with 3:19 to play in the half. Carter scored nine points on 4-for-7 shooting to go with a team-high 10 rebounds and three steals. A little more than 10 minutes into the game, almost four minutes of which he’d spent on the bench, Carter already had six points and six rebounds.

“I wanted to start out by just being aggressive and just going ahead and making a good start,” Carter said. “I was pretty good at doing that (Saturday), and then Kam (Holsey) and the rest of my teammates came in and continued to pick it up.”

Holsey led all scorers with 14 points on 7-for-10 shooting to accompany seven rebounds in only 16 minutes of play. He led a punishing effort on the glass, as Tech outrebounded The Citadel 51-33. After losing the rebounding battle for five consecutive games, Tech has won the past two, no small matter to Gregory.

While guard Jason Morris missed his second consecutive game with plantar fasciitis, all 11 available scholarship players received double-digit minutes, including newcomers Stacey and Solomon Poole. Solomon, an early-enrollee freshman guard who made his debut Monday against Alabama State, showed some flair in the second half by rebounding a Citadel miss and driving the length of the floor for a basket. He started Tech’s next possession with a steal and led a break that culminated with an alley-oop pass to guard Chris Bolden for a dunk.

Stacey, a guard who transferred from Kentucky in January and played his first game for the Jackets on Saturday, missed his first six shots and finished with seven points and five rebounds.

“Just an intensity guy,” Carter said. “He comes in, he’s always screaming, yelling. He’s ready to play defense.”

The Citadel lost all chance to stay in the game by shooting 3-for-22 from 3-point range, including 1-for-11 in the first half.

“This is a very good Georgia Tech team,” said Bulldogs coach Chuck Driesell, son of the coaching legend Lefty Driesell. “Big, they’re long, they’re athletic, they gave us problems offensively.”

Tech began its holiday break after the game and will return to campus Dec. 26. The Jackets’ next game will be Dec. 29 against Fordham at McCamish.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

54 comments Add your comment

steve furney

December 22nd, 2012
6:11 pm

Robert Carter Jr. is the real deal.

Jacket Detective

December 22nd, 2012
6:32 pm

Someone did a good job picking our cupcakes so we can give our bench a lot of time.
Next year I’d like a little more formidable group but these easy wins are fine for where we are now.

Resume builder right there....

December 22nd, 2012
6:38 pm

Hopefully GT can take advantage of the next two games. Wins there will look great come march. lol.

Woofy One

December 22nd, 2012
6:50 pm

This is the “Dean’s list” team.

Buzz2011

December 22nd, 2012
6:55 pm

Scary good GT team….

UGA = Yawn

December 22nd, 2012
6:56 pm

8-2 . . . . Hell Yeah! Way to go Jackets!!

UGA = Yawn

December 22nd, 2012
6:59 pm

Jacket Det – drinking too much egg nog??? We’ve already played Tulane, California, St Marys, Illinois and Georgia. Although UGA is down this year, those are 5 legitimate teams. So our schedule has not really been that weak. Everyone plays these types of games early. We’re fine. I think better than most expected. o need to change the schedule next year.

GT in CT

December 22nd, 2012
7:07 pm

As of yesterday, Tech’s strength of schedule was 185.

OldGold1964

December 22nd, 2012
7:17 pm

Steady as she goes, GT,,,,, steady and solid. Good payoffs result from putting a good day’s work, and paying attention to business at hand. 8-2 and improving nicely!

(so for who are thinking, but won’t mention it: Duke plays “cupcake” Elon; Kentucky plays “cupcake” Northwoor, and Transylvania; Kansas playes “cupcake” Emporia State, Washburn, Belmont. and so on, and so on, etc…… ) Give The Citadel some credit and respect for showing up and competing.

UGA = Yawn

December 22nd, 2012
7:52 pm

GT in CT ; 185 is fine. We’re not Kentucky

Tulane and UGA are legitimate teams?

December 22nd, 2012
8:02 pm

what are you smoking? Teams ranked 189 and 258 are not legit. The delusion is outstanding. We’ve not beaten a good team yet. Yeah, everyone plays cupcakes. We play 9 of them.

Paul in NH

December 22nd, 2012
8:03 pm

Sagarin has GT’s schedule (for games played so far) at 326. GT has played 3 good teams and is 1-2 in those games.
They have made a nice start to the year but let’s not get too carried away – we’ll find out in the first 5 ACC games what they are made of.

collegeballfan

December 22nd, 2012
8:06 pm

We will find out how good this team is when they play in the conference on the road.

Big win for Mercer.

Important win for UGA.

JDawg

December 22nd, 2012
8:18 pm

I went to the game with my 8 year old son. Free tickets, and his first college basketball game. Thanks for the memories, but my gosh, sitting among socially inadequate geeks and hearing the cheers and moronic dorky conversations was about all that I could stomach. The Pep Band singing Christmas carols when they were shooting free-throws on two different occasions was cutting edge. I thought for a minute I was at Cameron. I can’t imagine having to go to every college game year in and year out with you. Geekville USA. Wow.

DumbDawgs

December 22nd, 2012
8:26 pm

JDawg – you should have gone to the uga barn for that game instead. No doubt you and the other dozen folks who showed up would have been carrying on intellectual conversations while watching outstanding basketball. I’d take Geekville USA over Dumbass UGA any day of the week.

Get Georgia's team out ofj the Athens jail

December 22nd, 2012
8:54 pm

Hey jdwag
What’s the dwags record? Why don’t your intellectually superior son about how pathetic your team is?

Go jackets

December 22nd, 2012
9:06 pm

I think I saw you and your son at the game. Wasn’t he the one with his finger up his nose and trying to learn how to count to 3? With an intellect like that, your kid will fit right in at the dawg school?

Supersize that order, mutt

December 22nd, 2012
9:17 pm

LOL @ Go jackets

Supersize that order, mutt

December 22nd, 2012
9:18 pm

Actually JDawg paid us a compliment. He compared the Mac to Cameron. Nothing to be ashamed of there.

Yurtle_the_Turtle

December 22nd, 2012
11:02 pm

JDawg is probably like 90% of all Bulldawg fans…too stupid to actually attend the school and only hope to achieve in life by belittling those of us who are above him mentally and financially.

JDawg

December 22nd, 2012
11:15 pm

Yeah Turtle, my only goal in life is to call my self a turtle. Your moniker itself says it all. I went to an Ivy League school for my under-grad, and UGA for PHD. My mental and financial capacity are not a relevant subject matter in this forum, even though I have no doubt that you are a genius millionaire philanthropist who employs millions of people in 3rd world countries. I don’t hope to achieve by belittling, but I recognize geeks when I see and hear them. If only I could have gone to GT.

Dubious

December 22nd, 2012
11:46 pm

These cupcake games will hurt Tech if they are on the bubble come March. Just ask Va Tech. It will be nice to have some tougher games at home in Nov/Dec in the years to come. Perhaps future early games can include some SEC schools asin years’ past. Since the Jackets played Illinois on the road in the B1G-ACC challenge this year hopefully Tech will be at home in that venture next year. I was at the game today. There was a significant walk up crowd, sonething not seen in many years on The Flats.

Dubious

December 22nd, 2012
11:46 pm

These cupcake games will hurt Tech if they are on the bubble come March. Just ask Va Tech. It will be nice to have some tougher games at home in Nov/Dec in the years to come. Perhaps future early games can include some SEC schools asin years’ past. Since the Jackets played Illinois on the road in the B1G-ACC challenge this year hopefully Tech will be at home in that venture next year. I was at the game today. There was a significant walk up crowd, sonething not seen in many years on The Flats.

Lol

December 22nd, 2012
11:50 pm

Lol ignore the trolls guys. UGA basketball BLOWS so they like to go on our boards and try to belittle ours. Just ignore it.

heartgoestogtmoneygoestoduke

December 23rd, 2012
12:35 am

Where did u go for undergrad jdawg? Brown??? LMAO! I love when people say ivy league but not which one.

GT GRAD

December 23rd, 2012
1:05 am

JDawg typed the following: “I went to an Ivy League school for my under-grad, and UGA for PHD. My mental and financial capacity are not a relevant subject matter in this forum…..”

Yeah right……odds are he never attended college, he is a HUGE Georgia “Go DAWGS” football fan and he has a job that he absolutely hates. This moron obviously gets a huge kick out of calling GT students “geeks” and “dorky”………probably because he works for someone who he considers to be a dorky geek and he cannot stand his everyday life (is it possible that his boss is a GT graduate that gave him his “free” tickets to the GT vs. Citadel game???). Sorry for the negative response, but this dude’s comments simply rubbed me wrong……..JDAWG needs to grow up especially IF he is actually a mature/responsible/successful person! Try to be a good role model for your son!

The truth is that a GT degree is well respected and most honest people would admit they are generally impressed with GT graduates. UGA “Go DAWGS” fans are a dime a dozen and most people do not respect or hold them in high regard……….a UGA degree might land you a job with an established person who attended UGA; however, don’t be fooled or convinced that a degree from UGA is well repected. If JDAWG is smart, he will prepare his son and try to convince him it is in his best interest to attend GT………if the young man is capable and fortunate enough to be accepted after highschool of course!!!!

I actually graduated from GT in December of 1990, I absolutely love my life, I own my own company and I am married to a beautiful woman who attended UGA…….I can assure you these four claims are 100% accurate and truthful!

Merry Christmas to everyone!

Thomas Brown

December 23rd, 2012
1:44 am

Biff Pocoroba

December 23rd, 2012
1:51 am

JDawg probably enjoyed UGA’s early game last week where they bussed in hundreds of elementary school kids for the game. I guess since the UGA students won’t even bother to show up, they had to get someone to come in and watch.

Buzz Me

December 23rd, 2012
6:43 am

JDawg is assistant manager at WAFFLE HOUSE. He was a custodian at the Ivy league school and his PHD stands for Phony Hallucinating Dawg. Nuff said! UGA’s basketball team is horrific and Mark Fox couldn’t carry CBG laundry…or Hewitt’s for that matter.

NOVAJacket

December 23rd, 2012
7:46 am

Judgments made about any college basketball arena’s atmosphere based on games played between semesters cannot be taken seriously. I’ve been to half a dozen other ACC schools (including UNC and Duke) for games during this time for the very reason that you could easily get tickets, and I can tell you it’s a much different crowd than normal.

GTJohn

December 23rd, 2012
8:27 am

“Thanks for the memories, but my gosh, sitting among socially inadequate geeks and hearing the cheers and moronic dorky conversations was about all that I could stomach.”

Not sure why you stuck around?

The “dorky” conversation just went over your pointed head.

I hope you did not impart your “words of wisdom” to your child. If you did, then that goes a long way to explain the social problems in our society.

Next time tell the boss “no thanks” when offered free tickets.

Go jackets

December 23rd, 2012
8:38 am

Hey guys, it’s Christmas, be charitable. The poor kid had to suffer a cheapskate dad who would not drive to take him to see his team (even though thousands of elementary kids attended free), he had to listen to his dad complain about something ( he could not criticize the team he was watching since they were superior to his own gang of mutts so he complained about the fans and Christmas carols)’. His dad went to an “ivy league” school where there was probably no defined course of study so he chose courses that “interested” him and as a result he does not know kich about anything. The kid knows he won’t get much for Christmas since waffle house cut back his Dad’s hours. Just pray the mom has something going for her or this kid will be on welfare by the time he is 21.

GTJohn

December 23rd, 2012
8:50 am

“I went to an Ivy League school for my under-grad, and UGA for PHD.”

And I am the King of Prussia.

Wrecker

December 23rd, 2012
8:58 am

King John, LOL!

Wrecker

December 23rd, 2012
8:59 am

I have read many posts about Tech and UGA football stating that academics have no place in blogs about college athletics. I feel justified in telling JDawg to shut up and discuss the game. Where you went to undergrad has no bearing on this game and how pitiful the DWAGS are.

Paul in NH

December 23rd, 2012
9:15 am

JDawg obviously doesn’t understand irony. He went out of his way to come on to a GT blog and talk about people he sat near at a basketball game as “socially inadequate geeks”.
Having an Ivy Leaue education and a PhD from a good school like UGA obviously doesn’t give you good social skills.

Dwag-man

December 23rd, 2012
9:36 am

At least we know math . Everybody nows pie are round n cornbread are square, y’all don’t no nothing.we hate the geeks…….woof woof

The Good Word

December 23rd, 2012
9:40 am

Penn State is NOT an Ivy League school… Quit referring to your man boy slave as your son, Second Miler

Mr BUG

December 23rd, 2012
9:47 am

JDawg – First, I think it is really cool that you took your soon to his first college BBall game at GATECH even though your pedigree is UGA. But did you really think it was necessary to insult TECH students on a TECH blog? Its OK that you think most TECH students are Dork and Geeks, but you don’t have to voice your opinion to TECH students, and then be surprised from the backlash. You don’t think a TECH student whom attends a UGA BBall game and subsequently goes to a UGA blog to insult UGA students won’t be the subject of ridicule and insults? Just say-in.

Freddie Blassie

December 23rd, 2012
9:49 am

G doggie,

PHD, you say. You are Piling it Higher and Deeper alright. It is PhD, not PHD and it does not take a PhD to know that. Gotcha!

Dawgs 2012

December 23rd, 2012
9:56 am

I went to the game also, just to check out the new arena. I have to say the arena is top notch. Probably one of the best places I’ve been to see a college game. The crowd was not very loud, but it was mostly family’s with young kids and not many students due to it being Christmas break. I would go back, and I’m sure the place will be loud for conference play.

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December 23rd, 2012
10:41 am

any chance next time GT can play Bama, Auburn or any other Div I school when not in conference play?

..

December 23rd, 2012
10:41 am

CONGRATS TO CALVIN JOHNSON, TRULY AMAZING

jacket backer

December 23rd, 2012
10:47 am

Dawgs 2012…thanks for the support….The new arena is awesome and a great place to watch college hoops…..Go Jackets!

GTMAN

December 23rd, 2012
11:34 am

Typical dawg fan The Only way they can attend a game is with free tickets. Jdawg, too bad you can’t use your EBT.

carolinajacket

December 23rd, 2012
12:51 pm

This has to be the deepest Tech team ever. It may not have a super star like some of the others, but if these kids stay and work together they should be a really good team. It will probably take a while, but they should get there. There second team (or top five reserves) a very good basketball players. I expect to see some impressive upsets this year.

blackandwhitestripes

December 23rd, 2012
4:28 pm

jdawg should go to ugag basketball game. They pay fans to go.

Pro fan

December 23rd, 2012
5:26 pm

J dawg. I’m a man that likes Ga.Tech and UGA and haing attended game at both, I can assure you the so called geek talk is alive and well at UGA also..Think maybe ,just MAYBE your sitting around College kids?All college kids have a different language than most adults.geeze …As far as Ga Techs schedule goes,I remember last years games were about like this years and Ga.Tech was either losing those or winning by 6 to 10 points..HUGE difference this year..I think Ga.Tech does well in the ACC and probably makes the NCAAs…maybe winning a couple…Thing is Ga.Tech future looks very good in basketball…

juvenal

December 24th, 2012
10:43 am

thanks & Merry Christmas to anyone going to any Tech game who is not a fan of ours, though i have met kids who are UGA football fans & Tech basketball fans….

moboman

December 24th, 2012
3:05 pm

Tech showing promise, defensive tenacity, and depth. BG doing a good job letting the hot hand of the night stay in for more minutes. Looking forward to conference play, but lets temper expectations. We’re still playing a lot of inexperienced guys. Really enjoying the level of play so far though. This team shows more discipline running their offense than we have seen in almost a decade.