Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 12/7/11
There was some ugly basketball Wednesday night at Stegeman Coliseum by Georgia Tech (5-4) in the first half and by Georgia's shooters (4-5) in the second half. For Georgia Tech, it was very, very beautiful. The Yellow Jackets played a more aggressive man-to-man defense in the second half, forcing Georgia to try and beat them from the outside. They could not. Adding to the home team's frustration, their defense was unable to hold off Georgia Tech big men Daniel Miller and Kammeon Holsey, forcing them to go zone and opening the door for the Jackets outside game, which also worked. The combination resulted in a 68-56 victory for Georgia Tech (5-4). The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Yellow Jackets and was the first in 14 tries at Stegeman Coliseum, ending a 35-year drought there. "We just wanted to make them shoot over us," said Tech Head Coach Brian Gregory, who was six years old the last time the Yellow Jackets emerged from Stegeman with a win, back in 1976. "Our defense right now is one guy guards the ball and four guys cover. In the first half it was too much one-on-one defensively. In the second half the guys did a better job of helping out." Georgia (4-5) lost its fourth straight game and second in a row at home. The Bulldogs made only 8 of 26 shots (30.8 percent) in the second half and hit only 17 for 49 for the game (34.7) percent for the game, while making only six of 23 three-point attempts (26.1 percent). "Their defense in the second half was better than our offense," said Georgia Head Coach Mark Fox. "Our interior play is very poor right now. We're not getting any interior scoring and so we're settling for outside shots and that is an issue with our team right now." The struggles on the interior led to the domination of Tech bigs Daniel Miller and Kammeon Holsey, who combined for 22 points on 11-for-14 shooting and keyed a 34-14 edge in points in the paint. "It's just getting it done in the post," said Miller, who got it done on both ends, as he had a game-high nine rebounds and four blocked shots one more than the entire UGA team. "The men were guarding behind us and I'm playing really well with Kam right now." "It was getting the ball inside, knowing they can't guard us one-on-one," said Holsey, who was 6-for-9 from the field. "Just making quick moves and decisive moves. In the second half, Fox went to a zone to try to collapse on the Tech bigs. But that backfired as Jason Morris, who was 0-for-3 in the first half, got hot. "They were tremendous and I think that's the biggest reason they had to go zone," said Morris, who hit four of five shots, including two of three from three and ended with a team-high 15 points. "Because of Kam and Daniel. When they went zone and the ball went inside they collapsed and that left myself, Brandon and Glen wide open to knock down the kick-out three." The Yellow Jackets scored the first six points of the second half, then used a 12-0 run later in the half to take a 43-33 lead. Guard Brandon Reed scored five of his 12 points in the run They lead would eventually reach 16. "It's our goal to come out with a sense of urgency in the second half," said Robinson. "We didn't do that tonight. " Georgia never found an answer for Tech's big men or for their own cold shooting. The Bulldogs, who came in as the SEC's lowest-scoring and poorest-shooting team, shot 39 percent in the first half vs. Tech's 42.9, but led 29-25 at intermission because of Gerald Robinson's 16 points. Robinson was 6-for-9 in the first 20 minutes. The rest of the Bulldogs were 3-for 14. In the second half, Robinson cooled off, shooting 1-for-6, but no one else heated up. "We did a better job of shrinking the court and not letting him get those lanes to drive," said Gregory. "Sometimes our big guys have to get credit for stopping the guards because they did a job on the ball-screen action. Our big guys are getting so much better moving their feet and being able to move up on the court and that was a big thing. "But guards Mfon Udofia and Glen Rice, I challenged those guys at halftime," Gregory added. "I told them we need some guards to stop some people and they did a good job of that in the second half." They also started forcing Georgia turnovers. The Bulldogs committed eight of them in the second half double their first half total and were outscored 13-5 in points of turnovers in the second 20 minutes. Georgia Tech had even caught up in foul-shooting margin, as Georgia had an 8-0 edge in free throws made and a 13-1 bulge in free throws attempted at intermission but ended up making only one more free throw and attempting two fewer foul shots. "This is quite an accomplishment tonight," said Gregory. Many great players have come in here and haven't been able to win. Tonight was special."
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