Originally created 11/10/99

Georgia Tech falls in exhibition



ATLANTA -- Mark Sanford scored 32 points to lead the hot-shooting California All-Stars, offsetting a 26-point performance by Georgia Tech's Jason Collier in a 95-85 exhibition victory over the Yellow Jackets Tuesday night.

Collier also grabbed 16 rebounds as Tech dominated the boards, 51-29, but the All-Stars connected on 40 of 67 field goal attempts, or 59.7 percent, including 7-for-14 from 3-point range.

Tech managed only 28-for-71 from the field, or 39.4 percent, and was 5-for-24 on 3-point attempts.

Alvin Jones scored 20 points and had 11 rebounds for Tech, which trailed 50-42 at halftime despite scoring the last 10 points of the first half after falling behind 50-32 with 2:43 left in the period.

In the second half, the Jackets closed within 55-49 on a Collier basket with 17:51 to play, but could get no closer.

"We got off to a horrible start, but we're very fortunate that this doesn't count," said Tech coach Bobby Cremins. "We cannot afford to play like that; we've got to come out fired up and ready.

"We're trying to put some combinations together and study some things. I saw some really good things. We made a nice comeback, but we've got to play a lot better than that. We've got to loosen up and shoot the ball better."

Jason Floyd had 10 points and eight rebounds for the Jackets, while Tony Akins scored nine points and Clarence Moore had eight.

Eddie Shannon had 19 points and nine assists for the All-Stars.