Michigan 68

(3-3, 0-1 away)

(4) Georgia Tech 99

(4-0, 3-0 home)

    7:00 PM ET, November 30, 2004

    McCamish Pavilion, Atlanta, Georgia

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    MICH 32 3668
    #4GT 59 4099

    Top Performers

    Michigan: C. Sims 17 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Georgia Tech: J. Jack 16 Pts, 6 Reb, 11 Ast, 3 Stl

    Elder ties career-high with seven 3s

    ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia Tech waited until its third home game to unveil a banner commemorating last season's trip to the Final Four.

    Good timing.

    The fourth-ranked Yellow Jackets finally played like a team that could win it all, blowing out Michigan 99-68 on Tuesday night in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

    Georgia Tech (4-0) took control early with a 20-0 run, led by 27 points at halftime and was able to finish the game with a couple of walk-ons on the court.

    B.J. Elder scored 27 points, the bulk of them coming on seven 3-pointers. Will Bynum had 19 points, knocking down three shots from outside the arc. Jarrett Jack had 16 points and was even more efficient setting up his teammates, finishing with 11 assists.

    "All this year, we've been waiting to come out and make a statement," Elder said. "Tonight, we came out and established ourselves."

    Before the game, the school put up a banner at Alexander Memorial Coliseum honoring last season's Final Four team. The Yellow Jackets lost to Connecticut in the national championship game at San Antonio.

    Jack said he's not concerned with what Georgia Tech did last season.

    "We're trying to focus on the future, not the past," he said. Still, "going so deep in the tournament last year, that gave us a cohesiveness you can't coach."

    It sure showed in this one.

    Georgia Tech took control about 3 minutes in. Elder got the big run started with a layup, and the Yellow Jackets fed off their stifling defense to blow out the Wolverines (3-3).

    After shooting just 43 percent in its first three games -- failing to make half the shots in any of them -- Georgia Tech shot 54 percent (39-of-72) from the field, including 13-of-23 beyond the arc.

    "The thing that I'm more proud of thus far is our defensive effort," coach Paul Hewitt said. "And now we're starting to hit shots, and it just raises your defense up to another level. I'm very optimistic about what this team can do."

    Jack and Theodis Tarver also had layups during the spurt, before Isma'il Muhammad and Elder finished it off with dunks. Michigan called two timeouts in a futile attempt to prevent things from getting out of hand.

    "Every defense we tried, they seemed to have an answer for," Michigan coach Tommy Amaker said. "They shot it from 3, and then they got layups, and it became a track meet. It was no match for us."

    After John Andrews' basket pulled Michigan to 10-9, the Wolverines went more than 4½ minutes without scoring. They missed nine consecutive shots and turned it over twice.

    The Yellow Jackets rarely missed, winding up at 60 percent (24-of-40) in the first half in taking a 59-32 lead.

    Elder was unstoppable the entire game, hitting 10 of 12 shots overall, including 7-of-9 from beyond the arc. He kept working himself open and had plenty of good looks at the basket thanks to Jack.

    "It's just a matter of finding the right spots on the floor and spacing," Elder said. "You have to move out there. If you're standing still, you're not going to get open. When I was open, I was knocking shots down."

    Georgia Tech had easy home wins against overmatched teams from Alabama State and Arkansas-Little Rock, but that was sandwiched around a surprisingly close one-point win at Illinois-Chicago.

    Referee Gary Maxwell, who handled the game in Chicago, had a question as he ran by the Georgia Tech bench late in the game.

    "Where was this team last Monday night?" Maxwell asked Hewitt.

    Michigan was at its worst. The Wolverines had been respectable in their first two losses, which included a one-point setback in overtime to No. 21 Arizona.

    Courtney Sims had 17 points for Michigan, which had 18 turnovers and shot just 41 percent. Amaker was especially disappointed with guards Daniel Horton and Dion Harris, who combined to shoot 5-of-19, with 10 turnovers and just four assists.

    "I thought their floor game was horrendous," Amaker said. "We aren't going to be a very good team or even have a chance of competing at the level of the teams we are going to face if those kids don't play better."

    Georgia Tech also got some good news off the court. An MRI confirmed that touted freshman Jeremis Smith did no additional damage when he dislocated his right kneecap in last Friday's victory over Arkansas-Little Rock.

    Smith will likely be out 6 to 12 weeks, but the Yellow Jackets feared the gruesome injury -- which left him sprawled on the court, screaming in agony -- could have been much worse.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 68 99
    FG Made-Attempted 25-61 (.410) 39-72 (.542)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-15 (.267) 13-23 (.565)
    FT Made-Attempted 14-16 (.875) 8-12 (.667)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 35

    2004-05 Season

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