NCAAB Game Recap - Elon at Georgia Tech
Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:30 PM EST

Winth
61
StMar
59
F
CAPoly
67
NDSt
74
F
(N/A)
55
IUPUI
72
F
USC-Up
64
NCC
73
F
KennSt
62
Mercer
74
F
(N/A)
72
Buff
109
F
GaSo
77
NFla
80
F
Presb
80
VMI
77
F(OT)
Kent
84
Tows
80
F(OT)
(N/A)
44
Stony
91
F
(N/A)
51
UNCG
109
F
BGSU
75
Jacksn
59
F
FlGlf
49
Dart
55
F
Drake
59
Cin
81
F
Samf
63
Belm
95
F
Elon
41
GaTec
64
F
S NO
33
McNee
104
F
(N/A)
70
SeLA
77
F
TXAMC
66
Vand
71
F
HowPa
42
TexPA
93
F
ULMo
57
TexAM
63
F
DeP
93
Iowa
78
F
AlaAM
52
UAB
74
F
FlAtl
59
Alab
78
F
BethC
61
NebOm
90
F
Yale
79
USF
84
F(OT)
FlaAM
82
SDak
85
F
Pacif
67
HI
72
F

Nov 11, 2019, 7:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Elon (2-1)

13

28

41

Georgia Tech (2-0)

25

39

64

Georgia Tech rolls past Elon on rough shooting night
Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:35 PM

ATLANTA (AP) Georgia Tech was mostly ice cold early, but Michael Devoe was hot all night on the way to tying his career high with 22 points to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 64-41 win over Elon on a night where both teams had a tough time finding the basket.

The Yellow Jackets (2-0) were particularly stingy on defense, holding Elon to 21.6 percent shooting (16-of-74), but they struggled in the first half in the absence of junior point guard Jose Alvarado. He missed the game with a sprained right ankle.

Devoe made 7-of-11 shots, including 3-of-4 3-pointers and 5-of-6 free throws. His teammates were 13-of-42.

The Phoenix (2-1) entered the game as one of the nation's top 3-point shooting teams, connecting for 44.4 percent in their first two games. But they made just 3-of-30 3-pointers Monday, and when they tried to take the ball inside, Tech's James Banks III was usually waiting.

The senior center blocked six shots to go along with 11 points and seven rebounds.

And on defense, Tech absolutely stifled Elon, whose first two wins came against Division II programs Mars Hill and Milligan.

That defense helped the Jackets hold off Elon despite the home team shooting just 30.4 percent in the first half. The Phoenix under first-year head coach Mike Schrage, an Atlanta native, collapsed their defense into the paint to make scoring that much more difficult.

"I would just say it was execution," Devoe said. "We weren't running things properly, but we had a great defensive game today."

That the Jackets did, and Banks - a member of last year's All-ACC defensive team - was right in the middle of it.

Elon made just 3-of-30 3-point shots, and after trailing 25-13 at halftime, the Phoenix fell irreparably behind when Tech opened the second half with a 16-4 run capped by consecutive jumpers by junior transfer guard Bubba Parham.

The Jackets blocked 10 Elon shots on a night when the Phoenix seemed to either launch the ball from distance, and miss, or attack the basket only to be rejected.

"I thought we tried to challenge Banks a little too much," Schrage said. "I think we have a good shooting team. We shot really well in the last two games, obviously against different opponents than Georgia Tech."

Tech made just 7-of-23 shots before intermission in McCamish Pavilion, yet led 25-13 because the Phoenix made just 6-of-32 shots.

Marcus Sheffield, an Atlanta-area native who transferred to Elon after graduating from Stanford, led the Phoenix with 12 points and eight rebounds yet he made just 6-of-19 shots.

The Jackets pulled away in the second half with more crisp offense and Tech won this one with defense.

"That's who we are, what we do and what we're about," said Tech coach Josh Pastner. "We had to guard at a really high level against a team that came in fifth in the country in 3-point shooting. So, really proud of our defensive intensity."

TIP-INS

Elon: The Phoenix had absolutely nothing go right in the course of play, and made it to the free throw line just 10 times, hitting on six.

Georgia Tech: The Jackets don't have much to be proud of after this one outside of their defense. They made just 7-of-24 3-pointers and turned the ball over 17 times in a game where they were not anywhere near as impressive as in their season-opening 82-81 win at North Carolina State last Tuesday.

HITTING THE BOARDS

Pastner forever harps on the importance of his guards rebounding, and he got plenty out of his backcourt Monday. Freshman guard Asanti Price grabbed 10 boards off the bench, and the 5-foot-10 Parham added six. Sophomore forward Khalid Moore did a little bit of everything, scoring eight points with nine rebounds, five assists and three steals.

UP NEXT

Elon: The Phoenix travel to face Michigan on Friday.

Georgia Tech: The Jackets are off for more than a week before playing at rival Georgia on Nov. 20.

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Leaders

Elon PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
B. Daugherty 0 0 0 0 0 0
C. Scott 0 0 0 1 0 0
Georgia Tech PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
C. Boyd 0 0 1 1 0 0
M. Rice 0 0 0 0 1 0

Team Comparison

Elon GaTec
Points For 41 64
Field Goals 16/74-22% 20/53-38%
Three Pointers 3/30-10% 7/24-29%
Free Throws 6/10-60% 17/27-63%
Offensive Rebounds 15 6
Defensive Rebounds 31 43
Rebounds 52 50
Blocks 0 10
Steals 5 7
Turnovers 14 17
Personal Fouls 22 17
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - GaTec Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Mon Nov 11 Elon 41 @ GaTec 64 Z. Ervin 1 M. Wright 2

Game Information

Stadium: McCamish Pavilion, Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 4,624
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