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Trio leads Tech past KSU

It had been eight days since the Georgia Tech men’s basketball team played a game, but Robert Carter Jr., Daniel Miller and Trae Golden looked plenty fresh Monday.

The trio combined for 46 points on 15-of-22 shooting in the Yellow Jackets’ third consecutive victory, 74-57 over Kennesaw State at McCamish Pavilion.

In the first meeting between the schools since Kennesaw State pulled off an 80-63 stunner in November, 2010, Tech (8-3) trailed 24-21 with six and a half minutes to play in the opening half, but a long run put the hosts up for good.

Starting with Miller’s jumper at the 6:15 mark, Tech scored the next 15 points, nine coming from Golden, and led 36-24 with a minute and a half to play until halftime.

“I thought the last eight minutes of the first half we played very, very well. And to be honest with you, that ended up being the difference in the game,” Tech coach Brian Gregory told ramblinwreck.com.

With just over four minutes to play in the game, Kennesaw State got to within 59-52 on a three-point play by Yonel Brown. Tech closed the game on a 15-5 run.

Tech’s defense held Kennesaw State (3-8) to just 38 percent shooting, including just 2-of-16 from three-point range.

“(Kennesaw State) didn’t shoot the ball as well from the three as they have been shooting. They shoot a lot of threes and we wanted to take that away from them,” said Gregory. “I thought our defense overall was pretty good, but not as good as it needs to be.”

Andrew Osemhen led the Owls with 13 points off the bench, while Orlando Coleman added 12.

After finishing 3-0 on its homestead, the Yellow Jackets will hit the road for the next four games, starting with a game at Vanderbilt December 21.