Published Sunday, December 30, 2012
BY GUY CURTRIGHT
ATLANTA (AP) – One of the low points of Georgia Tech's 11-20 season a year ago was a loss at Fordham. The improved Yellow Jackets got their payback Saturday night.
Daniel Miller and Robert Carter Jr. each scored 14 points and Georgia Tech scored 17 straight points in the second half en route to a 73-48 victory over Fordham on Saturday night.
"We lost to Fordham last year and it was a bad game," Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory said. "I kind of let the guys remember that for the last three or four days."
The victory was the fifth straight for the Yellow Jackets (9-2) and improved their record at new McCamish Pavilion to 7-0. They lost to Fordham 72-66 last Dec. 29 in New York.
"They are a much better defensive team then they were last year," Fordham coach Tom Pecora said. "I think Georgia Tech is moving in the right direction. . They were much more aggressive."
Miller, just missing a double-double, had nine rebounds. The 6-foot-11 junior also blocked two shots.
"After the game, I congratulated Daniel Miller," Pecora said. "He's become a really good player. . I think he has a bright future."
"Probably just being more aggressive," Miller said of his improvement. "Just getting the confidence to go up strong to the bucket."
Miller even threw in a first-half skyhook.
"He's been working on it and he unleashed it," Gregory said of the shot.
Georgia Tech shot 55.5 percent in the second half (16 of 29) and 50 percent for the game (29 of 58) despite a slow start.
The Yellow Jackets committed just eight turnovers and had 20 assists - seven by Mfon Udofia.
Branden Frazier scored 17 points and Chris Gaston had 16 for Fordham (3-10), which shot 28.1 percent (16 of 57) and was 4 for 19 from beyond the 3-point arc. Last season, Gaston had 23 points and 17 rebounds against Georgia Tech and Frazier contributed 19 points and six assists.
Gaston scored Fordham's first eight points of the second half Saturday, but Georgia Tech went on a 21-2 run to turn a 41-35 lead into a 62-37 advantage with 8:15 left.
The last 17 points came in a row, with seven players scoring. The Yellow Jackets used all 14 players and got points from 12.
Frazier's three straight 3-pointers gave Fordham a 14-13 lead with 8:09 remaining in the first half. But Georgia Tech quickly got the lead back on a basket by Carter and the Yellow Jackets' advantage was 35-25 at halftime.
Jason Morris, who had missed the previous two games because of plantar fasciitis, hit two of the Yellow Jackets' three 3-pointers late in the half after Georgia Tech had started 0 for 6 from behind the arc.
Morris, who had nine points, was 3 for 3 from behind the arc for the game.
"In practice I just tested (my foot), trying to play more normal and not even worry about pain," Morris said.
Carter and Miller each had eight points in the first half. Georgia Tech started the game 4 for 15 from the floor, but closed the first half making 9 of 14 shots.
Frazier, the Rams' leading scorer at 16.8 points per game, had 10 at the break, but the Rams shot just 28.6 percent (8 of 28). Gaston, who entered averaging 14.3 points, made just 1 of 8 shots and had four points.
Georgia Tech hosts Chattanooga on Wednesday in its final nonconference game before beginning Atlantic Coast Conference play next Saturday at home against Miami.
The Yellow Jackets' two losses came at No. 12 Illinois and against California in the DirecTV Classic in Anaheim, Calif.
Fordham, which had won two of its previous three games, plays Monmouth at home on Monday in a nonconference game.
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