Originally created 11/22/05

Jackets cruise by Phoenix at home



ATLANTA - Anthony Morrow scored 16 points, and freshman guard Lewis Clinch added 14 points off the bench to lead five Georgia Tech scorers in double figures as the Yellow Jackets coasted to an 81-69 win over Elon on Monday night.

The Yellow Jackets (2-0), who started four sophomores and a junior, lost all five starters from last season's 20-win team that lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Sophomore Morrow led those returning with 5.7 points a year ago.

The other Yellow Jackets in double figures were sophomores Ra'Sean Dickey with 13 and Zam Fredrick with 12 and junior Mario West with 11.

Georgia Tech, whose biggest lead was 22 points at 46-24 late in the first half, led 53-34 at halftime with Morrow scoring 14 of his 16 points and Clinch adding 10.

The Yellow Jackets broke it open midway in the opening half.

Leading 15-13, Tech went on a 22-4 run with Morrow scoring nine points for a 37-17 lead with just over seven minutes left before intermission.

Elon (1-1) was led by Chris Clalko, who had 16 points, 12 in the first half. Scottie Rice added 14.

Georgia Tech shot 25-for-53 (47 percent) from the field, but went only 7-for-19 in the second half after hitting on 18 of 34 shots (53 percent) in the first half.

Elon's defense was much better in the second half, but the Phoenix never got closer than 10 points at 75-65 on a pair of free throws by Brian Waters with 2:25 left.

Clinch then made four free throws, and Fredrick added two down the stretch to maintain the lead.

In Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands, freshman guard Mike Mercer scored 19 points to lead Georgia at the Paradise Jam.

Billy Humphrey added 15 points and had 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs, who took third place in the six-team round-robin tournament.

Both teams shot well as Georgia made 50.9 percent of its shots and Eastern Kentucky made 48.2 percent.

Jason McLeish led the Colonels with 17 points. Matt Witt added 13 points and eight assists.

In Clemson, S.C., Akin Akingbala led four Tigers in double figures with 19 points in a rout.

James Mays had 18 points, Vernon Hamilton had 15 points, and Shawan Robinson added 10 as Clemson (2-0) raced to a 15-point lead at halftime, then poured on 59 points in the second half.

All 13 Clemson players got in the game, and 12 of them scored.