ATHENS, Ga. — Trae Golden scored 19 points, including a 3-pointer to cap Georgia Tech’s 12-2 run to open the second half, and the Yellow Jackets beat Georgia 80-71 on Friday night for their third consecutive win in the state rivalry.
Golden’s 3-pointer gave Georgia Tech a 55-40 lead less than 4 minutes into the second half and the Yellow Jackets kept the lead in double figures most of the second half. Senior center Daniel Miller had 14 points and 13 rebounds for Georgia Tech (3-0), which dominated play inside.
Georgia Tech has three wins in a row in the series for the first time since 1992-94, including two consecutive wins in Athens. The Yellow Jackets won in Athens two years ago for the first time since 1976.
Charles Mann led Georgia (1-1) with a career-high 24 points. Mann made each of his four 3-point attempts.
Miller and forward Kammeon Holsey, who had 10 points and 12 rebounds, helped Georgia Tech take a 16-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. The Yellow Jackets outscored the Bulldogs 40-28 in the paint and held an overall 49-40 advantage in rebounds.
Marcus Georges-Hunt had 11 points for Georgia Tech.
Kenny Gaines had 13 points for the Bulldogs. No other Georgia player scored in double figures.
Golden, a senior transfer from Tennessee, has provided valuable experience to Georgia Tech’s backcourt. Golden started 58 of his 96 games at Tennessee.
He needed no introduction to Georgia, which was a Southeastern Conference rival in his three seasons at Tennessee.
Georgia sophomore forward Brandon Morris was held out for the second consecutive game for undisclosed disciplinary reasons. Morris started 20 games as a freshman and was a projected starter this season.