Georgia Tech took on cross-town foes Morehouse College at McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta, GA on Jan.29 for some Tuesday night hoops. The Yellow Jackets’ got the 82-54 win over the Maroon Tigers. Both teams used this game as a tune-up for the second half of their seasons.
The story of this game was turnovers and inside play. The Yellow Jackets’ forced the Maroon Tigers into nineteen turnovers, and they scored 29 points off those nineteen turnovers. They also dominated the inside with 42 points in the paint and outrebounded the Maroon Tigers 45-30. The Yellow Jackets’ head coach Josh Pastner spoke about the importance of this tune-up game before the team gets into the second half of conference play:
“Two reasons, we had an opportunity with Jordan [junior transfer guard] being eligible mid-year, I knew we had to get that extra game in after he became eligible. Plus, we had two byes this year, so instead of taking two byes one of them, we could play someone and weren’t able to find a power five. So, we weren’t going to get one of those especially this late in the year because everyone is in league play, we felt it was best to help another program locally make it a community event and it was good for Morehouse and us.”
The Maroon Tigers came into this matchup, notching an emotional win in their previous game against across the street rivals, Clark Atlanta University, on Jan. 25. That win put the Maroon Tigers at 9-9 overall on the season and 6-4 in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Maroon Tigers head coach Grady Brewer also spoke on the tune-up match.
“In practice, you are not as good as you think you are, and every time you think you are as good as you are not, I am going to show you the film of Georgia Tech vs. Morehouse. Hopefully, that humbles you to listen because kids today at every level just really think they are right about everything but you got to be coached.”
Morehouse has a week off before they return home on Feb.3 to take on in-state and conference rivals Savannah State University. Georgia Tech hits the road on Feb. 1 to take on conference opponent, Notre Dame.