ATLANTA — Having had eight days off because of semester exams, Georgia Tech was a little rusty. Kennesaw State, though, had been off even longer.
Robert Carter Jr. recorded his fourth double-double of the season with 15 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 74-57 victory over visiting Kennesaw State on Monday night.
Trae Golden had 15 points and four assists for the Yellow Jackets (8-3), while Daniel Miller finished with 14 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots.
“It was over a week, so we were anxious,” Golden said. “It was good we got back in the flow.”
Tech hadn’t played since Dec. 7, but Kennesaw had been off since Dec. 1 for exams.
“I thought for about 32 minutes out there we did and very good job, but you’ve got to play all 40 minutes,” Kennesaw coach Lewis Preston said.
Andrew Osemhen, averaging just 3.1 points, came off the bench to lead Kennesaw (3-8) with 13 points, 10 coming in the first half. Orlando Coleman scored 12 for the Owls.
Kennesaw shot just 38 percent from the floor and was 13 for 28 from the foul line.
“You can’t leave 15 free throws on the road and expect to win,” said Kennesaw coach Lewis Presto, who also bemoaned his team’s poor shooting overall. “We missed wide open shots and we missed quite of few of them.”
Jason Morris, coming back from foot surgery, played in his first game this season for Tech, but didn’t score in four minutes of action.
“I thought we did some things well, but we weren’t as consistent as I would like to be,” Gregory said.
NO. 8 DUKE 85, GARDNER-WEBB 66
In Durham, N.C., freshman Jabari Parker scored 21 points to help Duke beat Gardner-Webb.
Andre Dawkins added a season-high 18 points for the Blue Devils (8-2), who were playing their first game in nearly two weeks. Duke’s offense came out strong and shot 50 percent with nine 3-pointers, maintaining a double-digit lead for most of the game even though they didn’t do a lot to slow the Runnin’ Bulldogs’ own hot shooting.
Duke led by 14 points at halftime en route to earning its 108th consecutive home nonconference victory.
Jerome Hill scored a career-high 22 points to go with nine rebounds to lead Gardner-Webb (6-6), which shot nearly 63 percent in the opening half before cooling off and finishing at 54 percent for the game.