Golden, a senior guard who transferred from Tennessee over the summer to be closer to his ailing father in metropolitan Atlanta, finished 7-of-10 shooting, but he and the Yellow Jackets (2-0) had just a single-digit lead late before closing well against the Hornets (1-1).
Sophomore forward Marcus Georges-Hunt had 12 points and eight rebounds for the Yellow Jackets, and fellow sophomore forward Robert Carter Jr. added 11 points and blocked five shots.
Delaware State junior forward Tyshawn Bell was the only Hornet to score in double figures with 15 points.
The Hornets stayed within striking distance by holding their own in the rebounding battle (Georgia Tech won by a modest 30-28 count), hitting a few 3-pointers (6 of 22) and preventing the Yellow Jackets from getting out and running as much as the home team did in an 88-57 season-opening win Friday over Presbyterian.
MIAMI 81, GEORGIA SOUTHERN 80 (OT)
In Miami, Manu Lecomte’s two free throws with 9 seconds remaining gave Miami an overtime victory over Georgia Southern.
Jelani Hewitt had an opportunity at a game-winning basket for the Eagles but his 30-foot shot with 2 seconds left bounced off the rim.
Donnavan Kirk scored 18 points and had 10 rebounds to lead Miami. Rion Brown scored 15 points as the Hurricanes overcame a season-opening loss against St. Francis on Friday night.
Hewitt scored a game-high 27 points to lead the Eagles (1-1).