Georgia Tech pulls away in 2nd half for 77-64 win over VCU


Georgia Tech pulls away in 2nd half for 77-64 win over VCU

By CHARLES ODUM, AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA (AP) -- Quinton Stephens sank two 3-pointers in a 14-2 second-half run that gave Georgia Tech the lead, and the Yellow Jackets beat VCU 77-64 on Tuesday night.

Marcus Georges-Hunt led Georgia Tech (7-2) with 20 points. Charles Mitchell had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Josh Heath had 12 points.

VCU (5-4) led 34-31 early in the second half before a powerful follow jam by James White launched Georgia Tech's run. White had another basket in the run, which left the Yellow Jackets with a 45-36 lead they would not lose.

A 3-pointer by Doug Brooks helped VCU close the deficit to 49-48 before Georgia Tech scored eight unanswered points to again stretch the lead to nine points.

Justin Tillman led VCU with 18 points. Melvin Johnson had 17. The Rams made only 6 of 27 3-pointers.

The Rams were playing their third Atlantic Coast Conference opponent, following losses to Duke and Florida State.

Mitchell's offensive rebound and basket stretched Georgia Tech's lead to double figures for the first time at 61-50.

There were five ties in a low-scoring first half. VCU overcame poor shooting, especially on 3-pointers, by outscoring the Yellow Jackets 18-12 in the paint for a 27-27 halftime tie.



Coach Will Wade gave 6-foot-10 sophomore forward Michael Gilmore his third start this season. Gilmore scored the first points of the game with an inside basket, but it was his only points of the game. ... The Rams made only 1 of 10 3-pointers in the first half.


VCU was playing its second straight game in Atlanta, following a 76-71 loss to Florida State at Philips Arena on Dec. 6.


VCU hosts Cincinnati on Saturday.

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Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

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Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

After testing the NBA Draft waters, Georgetown center Jessie Govan decided to return to the Hoyas for his senior season.

Govan announced his intention to return on Instagram a week before the final commitment deadline.

Returning to the Hoyas is definitely a boost to the program that will be in their second year under head coach Patrick Ewing.  At 6-10, Govan was the team’s leading scorer (17.9 ppg) and rebounder (10.0 rpg) averaging a double-double last season.

Paired alongside power forward Marcus Derrickson, the Hoyas were nearly unstoppable in the paint. Derrickson though decided to forgo his senior year and signed with an agent after the season.

Had Govan decided to leave that would have meant over 56 percent of the team’s scoring and rebounding would have departed (to graduation or professional pursuits) in a handful of months. Not the best outlook for a 15-win team that went 5-13 in the Big East.

Instead Ewing gets back his leading scorer that many believe he can mold as a young protégée. While in the draft process without an agent Govan had workouts with the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks. Both are valuable experiences that he will bring to a relatively young Georgetown squad.

Having Govan for one more year will bridge Ewing’s second season to transfer big-man, Omer Yurtseven to his first year of eligibility in 2019. They were set up to having a walk-on and two sophomores being the only returning Hoyas over 6-6 for the upcoming season.


Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State


Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

The pieces are starting to come together for Patrick Ewing.

On Monday the Georgetown Hoyas picked up perhaps the biggest (literally and figuratively) target of the transfer market, Omer Yurtseven.

From North Carolina State, the transfer from Istanbul Turkey will have two years remaining of eligibility. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he is not allowed to play for the 2018-19 season.


Standing at 7-0, the center helped power the Wolfpack to an NCAA tournament bid this past season. Averaging 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks a contest, Yurstseven earned All-ACC Third Team honors in the 2017-18 season. He also touted a 58.3 shooting percentage and was not afraid to pull it up from deep either (22 made three-pointers).

NC State lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 8 Seton Hall, but he was limited due to foul trouble with only two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes of play.

Initially, he is the option to fill the void that Jessie Govan will leave, whether that is during this offseason or next. Already the team has lost power forward Marcus Derrickson

Yurtseven will just be another frontcourt talent for Ewing with the Hoyas.

It was widely reported that he was considering playing options, both in the United States and abroad before this announcement. Easily he has the talent to go in first round of the NBA Draft whichever year he declares.

On the same day, the Hoyas also announced the signing of four-star guard James Akinjo.