ATLANTA — Freshman Marcus Georges-Hunt scored a career-high 18 points and Georgia Tech never trailed while beating Georgia 62-54 on Tuesday night.
Georgia Tech (5-2) has won back-to-back games in the state rivalry for the first time since three consecutive wins from 1992-94. The wins have come in the Yellow Jackets’ first two seasons with coach Brian Gregory.
Mfon Udofia added 12 points for Georgia Tech, including a three-point play with about 1 minute remaining after Georgia cut the Yellow Jackets’ lead to 55-50.
Georgia Tech fans chanted “ACC! ACC!” in the final minute, mocking Georgia fans’ “SEC! SEC!” chant in the Bulldogs’ football win over the Yellow Jackets two weeks ago.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led Georgia (2-6) with 16 points. The Bulldogs had no other scorer in double figures and made only 31.6 percent of their shots (18 of 57) from the field.
Caldwell-Pope has been the Bulldogs’ leading scorer in every game, but the sophomore has had too little support in the team’s disappointing start.
Georgia Tech’s tight man-to-man defense extended beyond the 3-point line, keeping constant pressure on the Bulldogs’ guards. Georgia made only 2 of 17 3-pointers and found it difficult to create open shots close to the basket.
Georgia Tech shot much better from long range, making 9 of 21 3-pointers.
Georges-Hunt set the pace for the game when he blew past Thornton on a baseline drive for the Yellow Jackets’ first basket. Thornton, usually one of Georgia’s top rebounders, was called for his second foul about 5 minutes into the game and sat out the remainder of the half.
Georgia Tech made 6 of 10 3-pointers in the first half to overcome its poor shooting (3 of 16) closer to the basket.
Georges-Hunt’s previous scoring high was 14 points in the season-opening win over Tulane.
Brandon Morris chipped in with nine points for the Bulldogs, who have suffered upset losses to Youngstown State and Southern Miss at home this season. They’ve also lost to Indiana and UCLA in New York.