Wednesday, December 2, 2009
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Gwinnett Daily Post
ATLANTA -- Freshman Mfon Udofia scored a career-high 26 points and Georgia Tech beat Siena 74-61 on Wednesday night.
Derrick Favors, who is also a freshman, finished with 16 points and eight rebounds for the Yellow Jackets (5-1), winners of four straight. Norcross grad Gani Lawal added 15 points and nine rebounds.
Clarence Jackson led Siena (4-3) with 19 points. The Saints, who have dropped two of three, never led and had no other players score in double figures.
Udofia, a point guard from nearby Miller Grove High School in Stone Mountain, also had seven rebounds. His 10-foot runner with 4:06 remaining gave Georgia Tech a 68-54 lead.
Favors, a 6-foot-10 forward from nearby South Atlanta High, hit a layup to put the Yellow Jackets up 54-47 with 8:44 left in the game.
The closest Siena came in the second half was three points on freshman O.D. Anosike's layup at the 13:40 mark, but Udofia followed with a 3-pointer to make it 46-40.
Georgia Tech went from the 6:07 mark of the first half on Iman Shumpert's 3-pointer without a point until Udofia's 3 with 1 second remaining made it 32-28.
Siena swingman Edwin Ubiles, who averages 11 points, couldn't play because of a leg injury.
The two schools were playing for the second time and first since 1994, when the Saints knocked the Yellow Jackets out of the NIT.