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Mitchell scores 16 in Georgia Tech's 69-52 loss to No. 8 Villanova
Yellow Jackets fall in championship game of NIT Season Tip Off
Georgia Tech's Nick Jacobs (32) protects the ball from Villanova's Kris Jenkins (2) during the first half of Friday's game in the championship round of the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament in New York. - photo by Frank Franklin II

NEW YORK — Jalen Brunson and Josh Hart each scored 13 points to lead No. 8 Villanova to a 69-52 win over Georgia Tech on Friday in the NIT Season Tip Off championship game.

Kris Jenkins had 12 points and the Big East Co-Player of the Year Ryan Arcidiacono added nine as Villanova improved to 6-0 this season.

Georgia Tech has lost two of three, and fell to 4-2. Charles Mitchell led the Yellow Jackets with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

The only time the Wildcats trailed came after Marcus Georges-Hunt’s layup 3:36 into the game. The basket gave Georgia Tech a 7-6 lead.

Villanova led 30-23 at halftime, and built the lead to 19 points in the second half following Brunson’s free throw with 6:43 left. The lead never fell below 13 after that.

Villanova fans at Barclays Center began to celebrate the championship after Jenkins and Hart hit back-to-back 3s from the right side a minute apart to give the Wildcats a 64-45 lead with 3:36 remaining.

Brunson and Hart were named to the NIT Season Tip Off All-Tournament team, along with Mitchell, Arkansas’ Anthlon Bell and Stanford’s Rosco Allen. Brunson was also named the Tournament’s Most Valuable Player.


Villanova: The Wildcats were the highest ranked non-conference opponent Georgia Tech had played since it faced Ohio State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Mar. 21, 2010. The Buckeyes were ranked No. 5 in the AP poll coming into that game, which they won 75-66.

Georgia Tech: Friday’s game marked the Yellow Jackets’ third game at Barclays Center. Georgia Tech participated in the 2013 Barclays Center Classic where they lost to Mississippi and St. John’s.


Villanova: visits St. Joseph’s in a Big 5 rivalry game on Dec. 1.

Georgia Tech: hosts Wofford on Dec. 1.

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