Glen Rice Jr. scored 17 of his game-high 23 points in the first half as Georgia Tech built a big lead early and coasted to a 72-44 win over Siena Wednesday night in Duluth, Ga., avenging a loss in Albany last season. OD Anosike led Siena with 13 points and nine rebounds.
The Saints fall to 2-2 on the season with their second loss in three days. They face defending America East champ Vermont in Burlington Saturday at 1 p.m.
Rice made10-12 field goals, grabbed six rebounds and had three steals in a simply dominating effort. The Yellow Jackets controlled the action on both sides of the floor, shooting 50% from the field, and limiting the Saints to just 30%. Georgia Tech had nine blocked shots and out-rebounded Siena 45-30.
"I thought our kids competed, but we just didn't make shots we usually make," head coach Mitch Buonaguro said. "We missed 12 layups in the first half, if we make half of those it may have been a different game."
The Yellow Jackets took a 37-18 lead to lockerroom, using a 16-4 run to build a 21-9 lead on a Rice 3-pointer with 9:21 to play in the first half.
Siena played Georgia Tech fairly evenly for most of the second half, but got no closer than 17.
Freshman point guard Evan Hymes struggled offensively for the first time this season, converting just 1-9 field goals - a 3-pointer that got Siena on the board just over three minutes into the game. Hymes did have a Siena season-high six assists and turned the ball over just once. As a team, Siena had just 10 turnovers.
Kyle Downey was the only other Saint to reach double figures, scoring 11 points. Davonte Beard had eight points and three steals in 28 minutes off the bench, and classmate Rob Poole added seven points and five rebounds.
Eleven different players scored for Georgia Tech. Kammeon Hosley scored 14 points and made 7-9 field goals to maintain his ACC lead in that category.
The game marked the end of a three-year series between the two schools. The Yellow Jackets evened the all-time series at two games a piece.