SCUS USC Upstate Spartans 63
USC Upstate Spartans USC Upstate Overall (5-10)
ATS (0-0)
O/U (0-0)
January 02 2019
- ESPN3
GT Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 79
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Georgia Tech Overall (8-5)
ATS (5-1)
O/U (1-5)
Final
Money Line Total: Spread ATS
12
USC Upstate Spartans OFF OFF OFF
2538
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets OFF OFF OFF
3346
Final
Money Line Total: Spread ATS
SCUS OFF OFF OFF
GT OFF OFF OFF
Recap

ATLANTA (AP) — After earning a starting position to open the season, Evan Cole spent almost two months trying to fully recover from an ankle sprain.

The sophomore forward is healthy again, just in time for the start of Georgia Tech's Atlantic Coast Conference schedule.

Cole scored a career-high 16 points, Michael Devoe matched his high with 14, and Georgia Tech pulled away with a 9-0 run that started in the closing minutes of the opening half to beat South Carolina Upstate 79-63 on Wednesday night.

"It was tough going from working my tail off all fall and earning a starting position to getting hurt," Cole said, adding "I feel good."

Georgia Tech (8-5) led the full second half in its final warmup for its ACC opener against Wake Forest.

Cole missed seven of nine games after spraining his left ankle against Tennessee on Nov. 13. He came off the bench against SC Upstate but could eventually work his way back into the starting five.

"Possibly," said coach Josh Pastner. "We'll see how that goes."

Malik Moore led SC Upstate (5-10) with 18 points. Deion Holmes had 12. The Spartans couldn't overcome 30.8-percent shooting from the field, including only 7 of 31 (22.6 percent) 3-pointers.

"If you can't make those wide-open shots on the road, you're not going to win," said Spartans first-year coach Dave Dickerson.

After leading 26-25, Georgia Tech scored the final seven points of the first half for a 33-25 halftime advantage. Curtis Haywood II, who had 10 points, sank a 3-pointer, followed by a steal and a layup, to highlight the closing run. Devoe opened the second half with two free throws, stretching the streak to 9-0 for a 35-25 lead.

SC Upstate answered with eight straight points but couldn't again pull even.

Spartans freshman center Nevin Zink fouled out with 5:28 remaining after scoring six points.

BIG PICTURE

SC Upstate: The Spartans, who started three freshmen, fell behind in the first half when they made only 2 of 16 3s and three of eight free throws. They improved their free-throw shooting in the second half to finish 16 of 26. "Playing on an ACC court, that's just tough for us and the inexperience we have," Dickerson said.

Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets continue to use a deep bench, with nine players logging more than 10 minutes. Pastner may shorten his rotation for the ACC schedule, but he's making no promises. "I prefer to keep a shorter rotation but we'll do what we need to do to find a way," he said.

BANKING ON BANKS

The Yellow Jackets won easily despite only four points from James Banks III, who posted double-doubles in four of his previous six games, including 14 points and 14 rebounds in a win at Arkansas. "James has to be better for us. I told him that," Pastner said, adding that Banks was "like a lottery pick" against Arkansas "and then this game he was sort of out of it. ... That's part of his maturation. He has to be a counter. He's good enough to do that."

MISSED JAM

Georgia Tech led 53-42 when Malik Moore had a steal and an open path to the basket before banging an attempted jam off the back of the rim. Khalid Moore scored at the other end of the court, followed by a quick basket from Brandon Alston to give the Yellow Jackets their biggest lead at 57-42.

UP NEXT

SC Upstate: The Spartans begin their first year in the Big South when they visit Presbyterian College in their conference opener on Saturday.

Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets will play their first two conference games at home. After opening their ACC schedule on Saturday against Wake Forest, the Jackets play host to Virginia Tech on Jan. 9.

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Matchup
USC Upstate Overall
W/L 5-10
ATS 0-0
Pts For 70.3
Pts Against 72.9
Total 0-0
USC Upstate Away
W/L 1-8
ATS 0-0
Pts For 65.1
Pts Against 77.2
Total 0-0
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
Avg. Points For
Avg. Points Against
ATS
Over/Under
Georgia Tech Overall
W/L 8-5
ATS 5-1
Pts For 71.3
Pts Against 61.8
Total 1-5
Georgia Tech Home
W/L 7-3
ATS 2-1
Pts For 74.4
Pts Against 60.6
Total 1-2
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
Avg. Points For
Avg. Points Against
ATS
Over/Under
Scoring
USC Upstate
NameMinFG3 PTFTOff RebRebAstStlBlkTOFouls+/-PTS
Malik Moore (F) 29:005-15 33.3%1-6 16.7%7-12 58.3%2523003018
Deion Holmes (G) 28:004-11 36.4%2-7 28.6%2-4 50%2600003012
Pat Welch (G) 17:003-6 50%3-6 50%0-0 0%000000209
Nevin Zink (C) 12:002-3 66.7%0-0 0%2-4 50%260111506
Everette Hammond (G) 7:003-5 60%0-1 0%0-0 0%120001006
Ross Ryan (C) 16:001-3 33.3%0-0 0%2-2 100%013201104
Josh Aldrich (G-F) 21:000-2 0%0-1 0%3-4 75%140001203
Bryson Mozone (G-F) 17:001-6 16.7%1-4 25%0-0 0%361201303
Brandon Martin (F) 13:001-4 25%0-0 0%0-0 0%000202002
Dalvin White (G) 28:000-9 0%0-6 0%0-0 0%025001000
Jure Span (G) 12:000-1 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%001001100
Thomas Booker (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Jordan Furlough (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Andrew Tate (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Georgia Tech
NameMinFG3 PTFTOff RebRebAstStlBlkTOFouls+/-PTS
Evan Cole (F) 19:006-8 75%1-3 33.3%3-4 75%1520004016
Michael Devoe (G) 34:005-8 62.5%0-1 0%4-4 100%0320120014
Brandon Alston (G) 24:004-6 66.7%1-3 33.3%1-2 50%1410022010
Curtis Haywood II (G) 21:003-6 50%2-5 40%2-2 100%0442013010
Jose Alvarado (G) 26:003-6 50%0-2 0%2-3 66.7%054002008
Khalid Moore (F) 20:003-5 60%0-0 0%2-2 100%001101108
Abdoulaye Gueye (F) 13:003-4 75%0-0 0%0-0 0%054024206
James Banks III (F-C) 23:001-2 50%0-0 0%2-4 50%163033204
Shembari Phillips (G) 7:001-1 100%1-1 100%0-0 0%001001303
Moses Wright (F) 12:000-4 0%0-1 0%0-2 0%020010100
Kristian Sjolund (F) 1:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Evan Jester (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Shaheed Medlock (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Sylvester Ogbonda (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Malachi Rice (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Avi Schafer (C) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000