Carter, Tech notch victory over Kennesaw State

ATLANTA — Daniel Miller scored 16 points and Shiloh's Robert Carter Jr. tied a career high with 15 rebounds to go with his 15 points as host Georgia Tech defeated Kennesaw State 74-57 in men's basketball Monday night.

A key 20-2 run was enough to Tech to get past the Owls.

Tech (8-3), playing for the first time in nine days, broke open a close game in the final seven minutes of the first half, scoring 17 of the final 19 points of the opening stanza. Trae Golden also scored 15 points for the Yellow Jackets, who won their third straight game.

Carter continued his strong interior play this season.

“(Carter) was a man on the glass," Tech head coach Brian Gregory said. "The thing is, he does that sometimes so effortlessly that you don’t realize how hard he is playing. As a coach, you always want more from guys, you do, but he just got 15 and 15. Do you know how hard that is to do in a game? That’s hard, in only 30 minutes. He had a rebound every two minutes. That’s off the charts. He’s 5 of 7 from the free throw line and he missed that one and one in the second half and that ticked me off a little bit because he’s been shooting the ball better from the line. But that was a good effort from him tonight and sometimes the way he does it you don’t say 'oh he’s really grinding out there.'”

Grayson grad Andrew Osemhen led Kennesaw State (3-8) with 13 points, while Orlando Coleman added 12. The Owls have lost three in a row and four of their past five.

But Osemhen, a 6-foot-9, 270-pound junior, did his part for Kennesaw. He made 5 of 6 field goals and 3 of 5 field goals.

“This is probably the second-best game (Osemhen) has played since I’ve been the head coach, outside of Charlotte last year at home where he had 14 and 10 that game," Kennesaw State head coach Lewis Preston said. "He really just established himself down low, stayed low and kept his hips down. I’m trying to get all our big guys to understand that. We can take a bit of a lesson from Robert Carter, Jr. and Daniel Miller in regards to how they play. Once again you can’t be a big guy at the Division I level and play straight up, standing up. You’re going to get demolished.”

Kennesaw State led 24-21 with less than seven minutes left in the first half, but the Owls missed their next eight shots from the field and the Yellow Jackets took full advantage. Golden scored eight points during the spurt to help Georgia Tech build a 38-26 halftime lead, and Chris Bolden's 3-pointer 12 seconds into the second half capped the run and made it 41-26. It was the only field goal for Bolden, who was 1-for-6 shooting.

Kennesaw State closed within 59-52 on Berkmar grad Yonel Brown's three-point play with 4:14 to play. Georgia Tech did not let the Owls get any closer, as Golden's 3-pointer from the head of the key made it 65-53 with 2:12 left to help the Yellow Jackets pull away.

Brown had eight points and two assits for the Owls.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Georgia Tech improved to 7-1 at home, while Kennesaw State dropped to 1-4 on the road. ... Neither team shot free throws well, with the Yellow Jackets going 18-of-29 and the Owls shooting 13-of-28. ... Kennesaw State, which came in averaging 7.2 3-pointers made per game, finished 2-for-17 from 3-point range.