Originally created 12/19/06

Jackets drop Gents



ATLANTA - Centenary College's athletic teams go by the nickname Gentlemen. and Monday night against Georgia Tech, the Gents couldn't have been more genteel or mannerly - although they are unlikely to ask the Yellow Jackets on another date.

Georgia Tech snapped a three-week drought by drubbing Centenary 92-52 before a crowd of 9,191 at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

The victory is the Yellow Jackets' first in three games dating back to a Nov. 28th win against Penn State.

"We've been slipping the last couple of weeks," Jackets swingman Thaddeus Young said. "there's been talk about that. we weren't happy about how we were playing the last couple of games. we came out and played much harder than we've been playing."

The Jackets held a players-only meeting in the wake of their most recent loss, a 73-64 defeat at Vanderbilt 10 days ago. they came to a consensus, guard Anthony Morrow said.

"In order for us to live up to our potential, we have to work hard in practice," he said.

That effort carried over into Monday's game, as Georgia Tech forced 28 turnovers and shot 58 percent from the floor.

The Yellow Jackets' record improved to 7-3 with the victory and gives them much needed momentum going into Friday's game with rival Georgia. the Bulldogs are 7-1, their most recent win coming Saturday against then-no. 16 Gonzaga.

Georgia has won three of the past four meetings with the Yellow Jackets.

Centenary proved an easy mark Monday. the Gents came in with a 4-6 record and were fresh off a 28-point loss Saturday to Southern Methodist. Georgia Tech built a quick double-digit lead behind the shooting of Morrow and Young.

Head coach Paul Hewitt spent the rest of the game experimenting with personnel combinations and honing a full-court pressure defense.

The Yellow Jackets held the gents to 38 percent shooting after allowing their past four opponents to shoot 50 percent or better.

Young led Georgia Tech in scoring with 21 points while Morrow added 14 in his most significant action of the season. A back injury that sidelined him in the preseason limited his minutes in the Jackets' previous nine games.

Morrow played 20 minutes Monday, hitting 5 of 9 shots, including four 3-pointers.

Reach Adam Van Brimmer at adam.vanbrimmer@morris.com.

GEORGIA TECH 92, CENTENARY 52

CENTENARY (4-7) - Starr 7-10 2-2 17, Montague 3-4 0-0 6, Logan 4-7 1-5 9, Hamilton 1-10 3-4 6, Adams 0-3 0-0 0, Stallings 1-4 2-2 4, Baumann 1-6 6-8 9, Bonham 0-1 1-3 1, L.Hill 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-45 15-24 52.

GEORGIA TECH (7-3) - Smith 2-3 2-2 6, Young 9-16 0-0 21, Dickey 1-3 2-2 4, Clinch 6-11 1-1 14, Crittenton 5-8 0-0 14, West 1-3 0-0 2, Faye 2-2 0-0 5, Diaw 0-1 0-1 0, Bell 2-3 0-0 4, Anderson 0-0 0-0 0, Morrow 5-9 0-0 14, Peacock 2-2 1-2 5, Aminu 1-4 1-2 3. Totals 36-65 7-10 92.

Halftime-Georgia Tech 53-25. 3-Point Goals-Centenary 3-13 (Starr 1-1, Hamilton 1-4, Baumann 1-5, Stallings 0-1, Adams 0-2), Georgia Tech 13-27 (Crittenton 4-7, Morrow 4-8, Young 3-6, Faye 1-1, Clinch 1-4, West 0-1). Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-Centenary 25 (Bonham, Logan, Starr 5), Georgia Tech 40 (Aminu, Young 6). Assists-Centenary 12 (Hamilton 5), Georgia Tech 25 (Young 6). Total Fouls-Centenary 13, Georgia Tech 21. A-9,191.