Coming into the night, it was certainly assumed that Georgia Tech would roll past Presbyterian in the 2013-2014 season opener, and that is exactly what the Yellow Jackets did.
It was a back and forth opening half in McCamish Pavilion, and Tech led by just a short 34-32 margin nearing halftime. However, the Jackets began to break things open with an 8-0 run to close the half with a 10-point lead at 42-32, and from there, the home team was off to the races toward the decisive, 31-point final margin.
Marcus Georges-Hunt led the way for Tech with 17 points and 9 rebounds, and he was flanked by Robert Carter, Jr., who put up a double-double in the game with 13 points and 10 rebounds. This is extremely encouraging, especially on the part of Georges-Hunt, as he is considered to be the best returning player for Brian Gregory, and the “1-A” to newcomer Trae Golden as the best player on the roster.
Speaking of Golden, the transfer from Tennessee had a nice debut in a Tech uniform, scoring 12 points on 5 of 9 shooting and tallying 3 assists in 23 minutes. It wasn’t an explosive start, but Golden was certainly in control of the action, and that is a definite positive.
There will be much tougher nights for the Jackets this season, but it’s always a pleasure to begin the season with a pull-away victory. Next up for Georgia Tech is a date with Delaware State on Monday, so stay tuned as that game approaches.