ATLANTA (AP) -- Jeremis Smith scored 18 points and pulled down 13
rebounds as Georgia Tech took a 92-67 victory over Jacksonville on
Freshman point guard Paco Diaw started his first game in place
of Zam Fredrick, who scored seven points and handed out six
Smith hit eight of 12 shots from the field, including a
thunderous dunk that made it 82-60 with 5:36 remaining.
Georgia Tech, which has won two straight and three of four,
outscored Jacksonville 40-11 in the paint. The Jackets, who last
played Dec. 10 in an 82-72 victory over Tennessee State, have won
36 of their last 45 games against teams outside the Atlantic Coast
The Dolphins committed 24 turnovers, leading to 32 points for
Georgia Tech. Many of Jacksonville's miscues came against the
Yellow Jackets' full-court press.
Jacksonville, coached by former Tech assistant Cliff Warren,
lost its fifth straight. The Dolphins (1-7) were coming off a
101-58 loss Sunday at No. 5 Florida.
Antonio Cool scored 22 points to lead Jacksonville, which never
drew any closer than 14 points after he hit a 3-pointer from the
left side with 8:53 remaining.
Marcus Allen added 15 points for the Dolphins, who play Georgia
Southern on Dec. 29 before facing Mercer in their third Atlantic
Sun Conference game.
Jacksonville is 1-1 in the Atlantic Sun after beating North
Florida and losing to Florida Atlantic in a three-day stretch
earlier this month.
After Cool cut the lead to 71-54, Smith answered by scooping in
a basket before Frederick's eight-footer in the lane put the
Jackets up 75-57.
Tech visits Air Force Wednesday before hosting Bethune-Cookman
Dec. 31 and Vanderbilt on Jan. 3. The Jackets, who beat Virginia in
their ACC opener earlier this month, resume conference play when
Boston College plays in Atlanta on Jan. 8.