It was a rough Tuesday night for two local college basketball teams as both Georgia Tech and Georgia fell to conference rivals.
Georgia Tech, which was coming off a thrilling victory over Boston College in which Marcus Georges-Hunt had a go-ahead four-point play with .7 seconds left, couldn’t keep that momentum going as Associated Press No. 5 Duke won 68-51 at McCamish Pavilion.
Jabari Parker had 16 points and 14 rebounds and Rodney Hood added 14 points for Duke (21-5, 10-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), which won its fourth consecutive game overall and seventh straight over Tech.
The visiting Blue Devils came into the game fourth nationally in three-point percentage and it showed Tuesday. Hood was 4 of 6 from downtown, part of a 55 percent (10 of 18) effort for Duke. Duke’s largest lead came at the 15:55 mark of the second half when Hood hit a jumper to make it 50-30. The Yellow Jackets (13-13, 4-9) got as close as 52-40 on a 1 of 2 trip to the free-throw line from Chris Bolden with a little over 10 minutes remaining in the game.
Robert Carter Jr. had a strong game off the bench for Tech, collecting a team-high 13 points to go along with eight rebounds. Kammeon Holsey added 12 points and Bolden, 10 for Tech, which last won against Duke in January, 2010.
Tech will wrap up its four-game homestead when it hosts Clemson Saturday.
Georgia suffered a similar fate as Jarnell Stokes was too much for the Bulldogs in a 67-48 defeat at Thompson-Boling Arena. Stokes, a junior forward, scored 20 points on 9 of 13 shooting and added 11 rebounds for the Volunteers, who avenged a sweep at the hands of Georgia a year ago.
While Stokes was handling the offensive side of things, the Tennessee (16-10, 7-6 Southeastern Conference) defense was stifling in putting an end to Georgia’s four-game winning streak. Kenny Gaines and reserve J.J. Frazier had 13 and 12 points, respectively, for the visiting Bulldogs (14-11, 8-5), and the pair were a combined 9 of 15 from the field, but the rest of the team was just 8 of 35 shooting.
Antonio Barton scored 12 points on 4 of 7 shooting from three-point range, while the SEC’s third-leading scorer, Jordan McRae, was held to eight points below his season average but still contributed 11 points.
Georgia returns to the court Saturday when it visits South Carolina.