Georgia Tech wins its first home game of 2019

ATLANTA — In the team’s first home game of the 2019 season, the Georgia Tech men’s basketball team cruised to a 64-41 victory over Elon Monday night at McCamish Pavilion.

For the Yellow Jackets, Michael Devoe finished with 22 points, James Banks III had 11 and Evan Cole had nine.

Meanwhile for Elon, Marcus Sheffield had 12 points and Kris Wooten and Federico Poser each contributed with eight points.

At the end of the first half, Georgia Tech held a 25-13 lead over Elon.

During the first 20 minutes, the Yellow Jackets were shooting 30 percent from the field and the shooting struggles also showed at the free throw line with the team going 6-for-15. For the Phoenix, the team also struggled from the field as they shot a low 19 percent and were 1-for-14 from the 3 point line.

In the first half, both teams held several scoring droughts that extended for a long period of time. For the Phoenix, the team went 9 minutes and six seconds without scoring a basket, while for the Yellow Jackets, the team’s longest drought was three minutes and 54 seconds. 

At the half, Michael Devoe was Georgia Tech’s leading scorer with 10 points, followed by James Banks III with eight and Evan Cole with 4. 

Meanwhile for Elon, Marcus Sheffield had six, Hunter McIntosh had three points and Hunter Woods and Simon Wright each had two. 

With Elon leading 6-4 at the beginning of the half, the Yellow Jackets went on a 13-0 run and the team led 17-6 but a quick seven point run by the Phoenix, Elon cut the deficit to a four-point game.

The Yellow Jackets quickly responded and finished the first half on a 8-0 run to extend its lead back to 12 points before heading into the locker room.

In the second half, the game became more of a back-and-forth kind of matchup with both teams knocking down baskets but a 7-0 run by Georgia Tech early in the second half gave the team a 20-point lead and they never looked back.

The scoring run was led by five points from Devoe and a slam dunk by Asanti Price. 

Halfway through the second half, Tech was able to put together another scoring run, this time an 10-0 where Moore, Banks, Devoe and Wright contributed and extended the team’s lead to 52-26.

Towards the end of the game, Elon put together a 10-2 run but the run was too little, too late for the Phoenix.

The Yellow Jackets will play its next game against state-rival UGA Nov. 20 in Athens. 

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