Georgia Tech Basketball: Yellow Jackets Easily Beat Florida A&M in Opener

Matt PowersCorrespondent IIMarch 29, 2017

ATLANTA - JANUARY 09:  Mfon Udofia #0 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets celebrates in the final seconds of their 71-67 win over the Duke Blue Devils at Alexander Memorial Coliseum on January 9, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Playing without leading returning scorer Glen Rice Jr. due to a three-game suspension, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets still had little trouble putting away Florida A&M in their season opener and debut of new coach Brian Gregory.

After taking a 43-29 lead into the half, the Yellow Jackets came out strong in the second half, outscoring the Rattlers 49-30 and making the final a 92-59 blowout victory.

The best news is that junior point guard Mfon Udofia played very well on his way to scoring 15 points and dishing out six assists to only one turnover. Udofia has been up and down throughout his college career, and although it's only one game against inferior competition, Udofia may be ready to turn the corner under the new coaching staff.

Arkansas State transfer Brandon Reed added 16 points on six-of-eight shooting, but he also turned the ball over six times. Reed, who was the Sun Belt Freshman of the Year two seasons ago, proved he does in fact belong at this level.

Top recruit Julian Royal scored 10 points to go with six rebounds and four assists in just 21 minutes in his college debut, while the rest of the frontcourt also had solid games. Daniel Miller had 12 points and seven rebounds; Kammeon Holsey had six points and seven rebounds; and Nate Hicks added five points, seven rebounds and two blocks in only 13 minutes.

The Yellow Jackets held the Rattlers to only 38% shooting and 28% from beyond the arc in a strong defensive performance under Gregory.

Tech's next game will be on Monday against Delaware State in a tuneup before playing Saint Joseph's in the first round of the Charleston Classic on Thursday.