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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Jackson State Falls to Georgia Tech 100-70, Will Play at Illinois on Wednesday and Memphis on Thursday

Georgia Tech Jackets' trio overpowers Johnson & Co. (Jackson State)

The Associated Press

What: Jackson State at Illinois
When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.

ATLANTA — Jackson State's lone star was no match for Georgia Tech's "Fab Three" on Monday night.

The Yellow Jackets trio had another easy night in a 100-70 win over the Tigers. And they want to change their nickname.

"The Fab Three,"' Zach Peacock said, shaking his head, "isn't very original."

Peacock and fellow freshmen Thaddeus Young and Javaris Crittenton were among six players in double figures for the 23rd-ranked Yellow Jackets, who raced past Jackson State 100-70 at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

Sophomore Lewis Clinch led Georgia Tech with 16 points.

Senior Trey Johnson was basically a one-man show for the Tigers (0-2), with 33 points, but he couldn't prevent his team from suffering its second blowout loss to start the season. The Tigers were coming off a 96-65 loss at No. 10 Alabama, starting a stretch of 10 straight road games to begin the season. JSU doesn't play at home until Dec. 18.

Georgia Tech, meanwhile, put all three of its star freshmen right in the lineup after going 11-17 last season. So far, so good.

The Yellow Jackets (2-0) have blown out two straight overmatched opponents, following up an 83-49 rout over Elon with another dominating performance. Young and Peacock each had 14 points, while Crittenton, the point guard, chipped in 12 points and 10 assists.

"Their athleticism showed up," JSU coach Tevester Anderson said. "They are very good athletes, they pound it inside a lot and they're just tough to spot up when they're pounding it inside."

The only tense moment for the Yellow Jackets came with about 7 1/2 minutes remaining. Crittenton went up for a dunk and was slammed to the court by Grant Maxey, who was called for an intentional foul.

Crittenton remained down for a few seconds, then hopped up to shoot two free throws.
"It was a little scary," he said. "I felt like a bus hit me."

Said Tech coach Paul Hewitt: "I'm not going to tell you what I was thinking. Let's just say I was glad he was OK."

1 comment:

g said...

Dan Wolken's story in yesterday's paper says the Tigers are preparing for the zone. I sure hope so.

But I fear the team is too attached to the dribble/drive to generate the kickout for the three point shot. And that they will try to drive into the zone.

I sure hope not.

Against the zone, it is choice, sometimes stationary position, precise ball movement, and active screens against the zone, that creates the easy shot.

But I fear Calipari will rely on the kickout three, instead, and there is no evidence that this team can make that shot consistently enough to break the zone.