Originally created 02/15/99

Louisville too much for Yellow Jackets



LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- When Louisville gets out in transition and runs the floor, size doesn't matter.

Marques Maybin scored 17 points to lead four players in double figures as Louisville raced past Georgia Tech 78-58 on Sunday.

Georgia Tech's 7-foot combination of Alvin Jones and Jason Collier was no match for the quicker, more athletic Cardinals (14-7). Louisville scored 22 points off 22 Georgia Tech turnovers and racked up 23 assists en route to its fourth straight victory.

"We scored off the transition and got the ball to the open man, and you get a lot of easy shots when you can do that," Louisville coach Denny Crum said. "The 23 assists is a real telling sign for this team. That's been a key for us all season."

Alex Sanders had 16 points, Tony Williams 15 and Cameron Murray 13 as the Cardinals pushed the ball up and down the floor at every opportunity, wearing out the slower, more deliberate Yellow Jackets (14-11).

Collier, who came into the game averaging 18.2 points a game and 28 in Georgia Tech's previous two games, was held to a season-low six points on 1-of-9 shooting from the field. Jones scored 18 points and pulled down 16 rebounds to lead the Yellow Jackets.

"Coming into the game, we had the normal fears playing a team as big as they are," Crum said. "We tried to keep the ball out of the hands of their big people and let their other people beat us. I think we did a good job of that."

For the game, Georgia Tech shot 39.6 percent from the field. Take away Jones' 8-of-10 performance, and the Yellow Jackets shot a paltry 31 percent.

"We obviously did not play well, but give Louisville a lot of the credit for that," Georgia Tech coach Bobby Cremins said. "They came right out and took us out of our game. Their defense really, really intimidated us.

"This game we really just weren't there. That wasn't Georgia Tech at our worst -- but it was bad."