NCAAB Game Recap - Bethune-Cookman at Georgia Tech
Sun Dec 1, 2019 6:00 PM EST

MD
84
Marq
63
F
Wake
66
Ariz
73
F
LaSal
72
Vill
83
F
TexAM
62
Fairf
67
F
Mercer
66
Canis
76
F
N DA
56
Campbl
58
F
Maine
40
UConn
64
F
CenCT
71
UMassL
73
F
LongB
79
Penn
95
F
South
65
Tul
82
F
URI
81
WVU
86
F
(N/A)
57
SacHr
101
F
GrgWas
65
SCar
74
F
MD-ES
45
Ford
66
F
Hof
91
HolyC
69
F
Mont
63
NM
72
F
Vermt
52
Yale
65
F
JackSt
52
AF
76
F
Charl
56
UCF
77
F
UNCW
54
Stan
72
F
S UT
51
LoyMa
61
F
SIU
60
StLou
69
F
Temp
66
David
53
F
Niag
65
Norf
61
F
UtVal
61
ColSt
92
F
GaSo
72
FlGlf
57
F
BethC
65
GaTec
68
F
IL-C
70
FlAtl
71
F
PorSt
76
OrSt
81
F
Bingha
65
LoyMD
77
F
Prov
80
Pepp
77
F
Harv
62
USC
77
F
SJSU
64
UCLA
93
F
NebOm
66
StMar
75
F
InWor
56
Portl
65
F
USD
61
StBon
70
F
(N/A)
41
HI
58
F
Tows
Corn
Canc

Dec 1, 2019, 6:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Bethune-Cookman (5-3)

36

29

65

Georgia Tech (3-2)

34

34

68

Devoe's late score pushes Georgia Tech past Bethune-Cookman
Sun Dec 1, 2019 9:46 PM

ATLANTA (AP) Michael Devoe was hardly surprised when his number was called late Sunday night, and he delivered with a three-point play with seven seconds left to push Georgia Tech to a 68-65 win over Bethune-Cookman as the Yellow Jackets survived dreadful free throw shooting.

The sophomore guard, who is the most highly-regarded recruit that Tech head coach Josh Pastner has landed in four years, drove the left side and banked a short shot off the backboard.

That wasn't new. He's averaging 23.5 points per game. Then, he made his free throw, which was uncommon in a game where the Yellow Jackets (3-2) made just 9-of-19 in the second half to give the Wildcats (5-3) hope for one of the biggest upsets in program history since transitioning to Division I in 1980.

Devoe's 27 points in McCamish Pavilion helped offset Bethune-Cookman's Cletrell Pope, who posted his 29th career double-double with 20 points and 19 rebounds.

"Coaches drew up a play. I'm confident in myself, my teammates are confident in me as well and I made a great play to win the game," said Devoe, who made 11-of-16 shots, including Tech's only two 3-pointers.

Bethune-Cookman led 36-34 at halftime, and the teams traded the lead several times through the second half before Devoe's critical score.

Pope tied the game for the final time with 31 seconds left when he grabbed an offensive rebound off a Malik Maitland miss and dunked in one motion.

He grabbed a whopping 11 offensive rebound on a night when the Wildcats had 20. Pastner suggested that Tech did a poor boxing of boxing out Pope when Jackets center James Banks III went to block shots, which was often. The senior had 12 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high eight blocks.

Wildcats coach Ryan Ridder wasn't surprised by Pope. The senior forward was tabbed MEAC preseason player of the year.

"I've never coached somebody like him," Ridder said. "He's got a great motor, number one. He plays really hard. He's really wiry and strong. He's got a great second bounce. He's just relentless. When the shot goes up, it's like an all-you-can-eat buffet. He wants as much as he can get."

Moments after Pope's final dunk, Tech took a timeout and the Jackets then ran clock before Devoe drove for the winning score. Pope fouled out on the play, and Devoe made the free throw shot to close the scoring.

A 3-point shot by Bethune-Cookman's Leon Reed bounced high off the rim as time expired.

Tech's Moses Wright had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the junior's first career double-double. Isaiah Bailey scored 14 for the Wildcats, but just three in the second half when he made 1-of-6 shots.

Bethune-Cookman controlled early action, moving to a 20-10 lead on Bailey's 3-point shot from the top with 10:30 left in the first half as the Wildcats were hardly puzzled by Tech's 1-3-1 zone defense. That basket came off a pass from Maitland following on offensive rebound.

TIP-INS

Bethune-Cookman: The Wildcats out-rebounded Tech 40-32 but couldn't carry their hot shooting from the first half to the second, when they made just 11-of-38 shots after dropping 15-of-30 before intermission.

Georgia Tech: The Jackets were out of sorts early, and that probably had to do with the fact that junior point guard Jose Alvarado missed his third straight game with a severely sprained ankle, and Banks did not start for what Pastner said was, "just an internal matter." Banks first entered the game with 13:44 left in the first half and in the second half had 10 points, seven rebounds and seven blocked shots.

SENIOR STRENGTH

Georgia Tech probably won't play a more experienced team than Bethune-Cookman, which starts four seniors and plays six. Seniors accounted for 53 points and 35 rebounds, and they give hope to the Wildcats that they might earn the first NCAA Tournament bid in program history. "Those six seniors have thrown out their egos," Ridder said. "They have one mission and that's to get better every day and find a way to win."

UP NEXT

Bethune-Cookman: The Wildcats will play the fifth of eight consecutive games away from home on Tuesday night at Stetson.

Georgia Tech: The Jackets will play host to Nebraska on Wednesday as part of the Big Ten-ACC Challenge.

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Leaders

Bethune-Cookman PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
H. Smith 0 0 1 0 0 0
J. King 0 0 0 0 0 0
Georgia Tech PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
A. Price 0 0 1 0 0 0
S. Phillips 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

BethC GaTec
Points For 65 68
Field Goals 26/68-38% 26/50-52%
Three Pointers 4/9-44% 2/10-20%
Free Throws 9/11-82% 14/25-56%
Offensive Rebounds 20 10
Defensive Rebounds 20 22
Rebounds 44 35
Blocks 2 9
Steals 5 3
Turnovers 12 13
Personal Fouls 23 15
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sun Dec 1 BethC 65 @ GaTec 68 J. Preaster 3 E. Cole 4

Game Information

Stadium: McCamish Pavilion, Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 4,552
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