Georgia Tech beats Tulane in arena's debut

GEORGIA TECH 79, TULANE 61

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A sellout crowd at Georgia Tech's new basketball arena, McCamish Pavilion, stands for the national anthem. The Yellow Jackets opened their season with an 18-point victory over Tulane on Friday night.  RICH ADDICKS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
RICH ADDICKS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
A sellout crowd at Georgia Tech's new basketball arena, McCamish Pavilion, stands for the national anthem. The Yellow Jackets opened their season with an 18-point victory over Tulane on Friday night.

ATLANTA — Kammeon Holsey, who didn’t start because of an ankle injury, scored 18 points and Georgia Tech opened its season by beating Tulane 79-61 on Friday night.

Georgia Tech opened its new McCamish Pavilion, built on the site of the Yellow Jackets’ old Alexander-Memorial Coliseum.

Josh Davis led Tulane (0-1) with a career-high 27 points. Ricky Tarrant had 18.

Holsey, a junior forward, came off the bench less than 5 minutes into the game and immediately assumed a lead scoring role for Georgia Tech (1-0), which returns all five starters.

Brian Gregory opened his second season as Georgia Tech’s coach by starting freshmen forwards Marcus Georges-Hunt, who had 14 points and seven rebounds, and Robert Carter, Jr., who had nine points and seven rebounds. Another freshman, Chris Bolden, made two 3-pointers and had 10 points.

Junior center Daniel Miller had 10 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for Georgia Tech. Miller helped the Yellow Jackets Georgia Tech take a commanding 47-23 advantage in rebounds.

The Yellow Jackets pushed their lead to double figures for the first time, at 20-10, on a jumper by Bolden. Georgia Tech led 39-30 before the Green Wave closed to within five points, at 41-36, on a basket by Davis early in the second half.

Georgia Tech took control with a 19-7 run. Holsey had a three-point play as part of his run of seven
consecutive points during the run.

Davis made 12 of 15 shots for Tulane, but some of his teammates struggled from the field. Jordan Callahan made only 2 of 12 shots for four points. Center Tomas Bruha, who had only four rebounds, made only 2 of 7 shots for 4 points.

Georgia Tech had more than 140 former players, managers and trainers back for the game, including its first All-American, Roger Kaiser, and all-time leading scorer Rich Yunkus. Among other former players recognized at halftime were John Salley, Matt Harpring, Kenny Anderson and Dennis Scott.

Former coaches Bobby Cremins and Dwayne Morrison joined the players on the court.

Tulane took a 57-52 home win over Georgia Tech last season.

Georgia Tech announced a sellout, listed at 8,600.

DOGS WIN OPENER

ATHENS, Ga. — Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 17 points, Nemanja Djurisic added 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead Georgia to a 68-62 win over Jacksonville on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.

Georgia scored its last field goal with 6:19 remaining and hit just 24 of 38 free throw attempts. The Bulldogs struggled against the Dolphins’ full-court pressure and were sluggish on defense as Jacksonville shot 61.3 percent from the field in the second half.

Keith McDougald finished with 13 points for Jacksonville.

– Associated Press


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