Monday, December 14, 2009
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Gwinnett Daily Post
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Georgia Tech aced its first true road test of the season.
Norcross grad Gani Lawal scored 29 points to lead the 22nd-ranked Yellow Jackets to a 95-64 victory over Chattanooga on Monday night.
Derrick Favors had 14 points, Glen Rice added 11 and Mfon Udofia and Maurice Miller had 10 each for the Yellow Jackets (7-1), who ventured about 2 hours from campus.
''They were pretty physical,'' Lawal said. ''We scouted them and we knew they would double hard so we had to be smart, take our time and attack it.''
The Yellow Jackets shot 60.8 percent from the field, including 43.8 percent from 3-point range, and finished with a 35-29 rebound advantage.
Georgia Tech scored 30 points in the paint and had 37 points off turnovers while the Mocs had a total of 30 points combined from both categories.
''We knew we weren't going to score that ball inside,'' Chattanooga coach John Shulman said. ''That's two lottery picks down there in Lawal and Favors and I'm not talking about the Tennessee Lottery.
''We hung in there a bit, but they're just too good.''
Ty Patterson scored 22 points, one off his career high, on 8-of-14 shooting for the Mocs (5-5), while Vanderbilt transfer Keegan Bell added 13 on 5 of 17 shooting.