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."