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Georgia Tech routs The Citadel 73-41

Georgia Tech routs The Citadel 73-41

ATLANTA (AP) Kammeon Holsey scored 14 points, Robert Carter pulled down 10 rebounds and Georgia Tech's defense stifled The Citadel in a 73-41 rout on Saturday.

Marcus Georges-Hunt had 12 points on 4 of 5 shooting from beyond the arc in the first half for the Yellow Jackets (8-2), who won their fourth straight and improved to 6-0 at home.

Matt Groselle and Lawrence Miller each had nine points for The Citadel (3-7), which shot 25.4 percent from the floor for the game. Stephen Elmore finished with eight points and 10 rebounds.

Carter had nine points and Julian Royal added eight for Georgia Tech, which shot 43.7 percent.

Kentucky transfer Stacey Poole, who became eligible after the first semester, made his debut for Georgia Tech and scored all of his seven points in the second half. He also had five rebounds.

The Yellow Jackets' biggest lead was 36 points with 6:19 to play.

Georgia Tech made of nine of its first 13 shots and led 20-3 before the game was nine minutes old as the Bulldogs started 1-for-10. The Citadel got within 22-10, but Georgia Tech then went on a 17-0 run and the lead was 41-16 at halftime.

The Citadel shot just 19.4 percent in the first half and was 1-for-11 from behind the 3-point arc at intermission and 3-for-22 for the game. Van Scyoc missed eight 3-point attempts.

Ten players scored for the Yellow Jackets.

Georgia Tech played its second straight game without Jason Morris, who is battling plantar fasciitis. The junior wing, a key reserve, is averaging 4.9 points per game.

The Yellow Jackets have home games against Fordham next Saturday and UT-Chattanooga on Jan. 2 before opening ACC play by hosting Miami on Jan. 5.

Georgia Tech's losses are to California in the DirecTV Classic at Anaheim, Calif., and at No. 10 Illinois.

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WATCH: Rui Hachimura punishing Spurs interior defense with dunk and two layups

WATCH: Rui Hachimura punishing Spurs interior defense with dunk and two layups

As Rui Hachimura continues to grow and take his lumps at the NBA level, one important point of development for the Wizards' rookie will be finishing through contact at the rim. 

The Wizards play the Hornets on Friday at 7 p.m. EST on NBC Sports Washington.

On Wednesday night against the Spurs, Hachimura hit a nice hook shot over LaMarcus Aldridge and then finished through traffic after attacking a closeout a few plays later. He entered the game shooting nearly 70 percent at the rim, a major reason why he's one of the top-scoring rookies this season. 

Then at the end of the first half, Isaiah Thomas found Hachimura on a back-door cut for the easy slam. Well-timed cuts are a great source of points for young players. 

After the break, the ninth-overall pick flashed a little finesse at the rim for another pretty finish. 

His three-point shooting will have to improve at some point down the line and learning better positioning as a defender is something every rookie has to go through. 

Both of those skills can be improved in the practice gym or in the film room. Finishing at the basket through contact is learned by repetition in-game, so it's a promising sign to see Hachimura take the ball to the rim. 

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When Gregg Popovich thinks the NBA will be ready for a female head coach

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When Gregg Popovich thinks the NBA will be ready for a female head coach

WASHINGTON -- The Wizards hosting the Spurs on Wednesday night brought together two of the 11 NBA teams that currently employ a female assistant coach. The Wizards have Kristi Toliver on their bench and the Spurs have Becky Hammon.

That confluence prompted a question to San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich on the future of women in the NBA coaching ranks and whether a head coaching hire could happen sometime soon. 

The Wizards play the Hornets on Friday at 7 p.m. EST on NBC Sports Washington.

Though it has been five years since he hired Hammon as the first full-time female assistant coach in league history, Popovich is uncertain on exactly when a team will make the leap to hiring a woman to run their operation.

"That depends on people and organizations," he said. 

"It's a process and it doesn't happen quickly. But I think the more women there are [in the game] and as it becomes more commonplace and more the rule, it will then depend on an organization realizing there are women that can do this. Every woman can't, every man can't. But the point is there gotta be enough to choose from and it's gotta be pretty commonplace before I think somebody's gonna pull the trigger."

Popovich believes it will happen, he's just not sure when. The Wizards hiring Toliver last summer was another step in that direction and he believes she and others are showing the basketball world what they are capable of.

"There's no difference between a woman who knows the game and a man who knows the game. It's just another prejudice that probably has to be overcome just like a lot of other prejudices in the world have become less and less as people paid attention to them," Popovich said.

Hammon made the news over the weekend when Popovich was ejected from the Spurs' loss to the Kings and a committee of assistants coached the rest of the game. Popovich was asked why he didn't appoint Hammon to serve in the role for the rest of the game and he told reporters he was "not here to make history." 

Still, though there has never been a female head coach in any of the four major U.S. sports, it seems like the NBA is by far the closest with people like Hammon and Tolliver already knocking on the door.

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