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Tech men top Presbyterian

POSTED: January 18, 2008 5:04 a.m.
ATLANTA — Anthony Morrow knew very little about the Presbyterian College before the season.

Suffice it to say he knows plenty about the Blue Hose now.

"We had to get over the fact that it was Presbyterian-Georgia Tech," he said. "We had to look at it like it’s a game and we’ve got to come in and take care of business. Once we did that, we started pulling away."

Morrow scored 16 points and freshmen Moe Miller and Gani Lawal 13 each in Georgia Tech’s 77-64 victory over Presbyterian on Sunday.

The Yellow Jackets (7-6) led by 17 on Alade Aminu’s dunk with 16:26 remaining, but Presbyterian only trailed by two on Josh Johnson’s 3 with 3:33 remaining.

Tech answered with another 3 by Morrow, a steal and dunk by D’Andre Bell and a basket by Lawal to make it 71-62 with 1:54 left.

The Blue Hose (1-19), playing their first season in Division I before debuting next year in the Big South Conference, have lost 11 straight games, all on the road.

Pierre Miller had 18 points for Presbyterian, which never led after Al’lonzo Coleman’s free throw made it 19-17.

The Blue Hose were playing their third game in five days against an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent, losing by seven at North Carolina State and by 12 at Wake Forest.

Coleman finished with 15 points. Johnson and Pat Kiscaden each had 12 for Presbyterian, which has an enrollment of 1,200 that ranks second-lowest behind Centenary in Division I.

The strategy of Presbyterian coach Gregg Nibert, to run down the shot clock before attempting 3s, worked efficiently and the Jackets struggled offensively. Tech scored just two points, a layup by Zack Peacock, during a nine-minute stretch in which the Blue Hose cut the lead from 15 to two.

Miller, Johnson and Kiscaden finished the game a combined 14-for-27 on 3-point attempts. The Blue Hose have taken 500 shots beyond the arc this season, 137 more than their opponents.

"We have to make the 3 to win," Nibert said. "If we had made 15 3s against Wake and one or two more against N.C. State, we have a chance to win those games. We shot the ball really well."

Tech was coming off a two-point home loss against Florida State, falling to 0-1 in the ACC. The Jackets, who have won three of four, visit Georgia on Wednesday.

For Tech coach Paul Hewitt, the improvement of Moe Miller, a second-team point guard, is steadily coming after he suffered a strained back that sidelined him for three games in November.

Miller, who played 24 minutes to starter Matt Causey’s 10, finished with one assist, hit all four of his free-throw attempts and had no turnovers.

"Every time I see him in the cafeteria or around the building, I say, ‘Just don’t turn the ball over, Moe,’" Hewitt said. "He looks at me and recites it back, ‘I know, coach. Don’t turn the ball over.’"

Morrow, a senior guard, believes the team’s younger players are ready to face the Bulldogs this week.

"It’s a huge game for us, especially for our young guys like Gani, Moe and Lance (Storrs)," Morrow said. "(Beating Presbyterian ) will give them a lot of confidence going into a rivalry game like that."Notes: Tech outrebounded the Blue Hose 31-20, led by Lawal’s game-high nine and five by Morrow. ... Lewis Clinch, who had seven points for Georgia Tech, scored in single digits for the second straight game. The junior guard entered with a 13.1 scoring average, second on the Jackets behind Morrow’s 14.9. ... Coleman attempted 13, making nine, of the Blue Hoses’ 16 free throws. ... Tech is now 7-0 against Presbyterian. This was their first meeting since 1981-82.


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