NEW ORLEANS — Marcus Georges-Hunt scored 19 points to lead Georgia Tech over Tulane 76-68 on Saturday night.
Georges-Hunt had 15 points in the second half and made key plays down the stretch after the Green Wave cut Georgia Tech’s lead to 67-64 with 3:34 remaining. Georges-Hunt’s layup with 2:13 to play stretched the Yellow Jackets’ lead to 69-64, and he took a charge on Tulane’s Malik Morgan with 1:39 remaining to help seal the game.
Georges-Hunt shot 7 of 13 from the floor, including 5 of 9 in the second half. Charles Mitchell had 14 points with 14 rebounds for his eighth double-double in as many games. Nick Jacobs and Adam Smith had 13 points apiece for Georgia Tech (6-2).
Louis Dabney led Tulane (5-4) with 15 points on 5-of-18 shooting. Morgan scored 14 points and made all six of his field-goal attempts.
Georgia Tech finished on 43.5 percent shooting, and 38.2 percent from the floor after halftime, but outscored the Green Wave 37-30 in the second half.
Leading 42-41 with 16:41 to play, Georgia Tech went on an 11-2 spurt to take its first double-digit lead on a 3-point play by Georges-Hunt.
The Yellow Jackets used a 17-4 run to take a 23-15 lead with 10:35 to play in the first half, but Tulane answered with eight straight points to tie the game, and the Green Wave trailed 39-38 at halftime only after a Jacobs layup with 46 seconds to play put the Yellow Jackets in front.
Georgia Tech’s Charles Mitchell’s eight straight double-doubles are the most to open a season for a Yellow Jackets team in the ACC era. No player had a string of double-doubles longer than five games at any point in a season prior to Mitchell’s run.
The Green Wave outrebounded their opponents in seven of its first eight games, and had a 48-47 rebounding advantage over the Beavers.
NICHOLLS STATE 89, LOYOLA 74: In Thibodaux, Ja’Dante Frye poured in 22 points and T.J. Carpenter add another 19 points and Nicholls State held off NAIA in-state rival Loyola.
Coming off a win over Division III Louisiana College, Nicholls State (2-3) built an eight-point lead by intermission and extended its record in the series to 15-2. The Colonels have not lost to Loyola-New Orleans since 1970.
Liam Thomas scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Nicholls State, which shot 50.8 percent from the field (31 of 61), including 8 of 27 (29.6 percent) from distance.
The Wolfpack got 28 points from Jalen Gray and 22 from Johnny Gray Jr. while shooting 40.9 percent from the field (27 of 66) and 5 of 19 (26.3 percent) from beyond the arc.
The Wolfpack pulled down 14 offensive rebounds in the game and collected 13 steals.
BALL STATE 66, UNO 52: In Muncie, Ind., Jeremiah Davis was 6 of 7 from the floor for 13 points to lead Ball State to its sixth straight victory.
Jeremie Tyler nailed 3 of 6 from long range for 11 points and Franko House had 10 points and eight rebounds. Bo Calhoun grabbed 12 rebounds for the Cardinals.
Ball State (7-2) is off to its best start since the 1999-2000 team started 8-1.
The Cardinals trailed throughout the first half until Tyler nailed two straight treys and Bo Calhoun hit another 3-pointer for a 26-20 lead.
They never trailed again, but UNO tied at 37 when Christavious Gill hit a jump shot with 13:18 left. Ball State answered with a 13-4 run to pull ahead 50-41 at the 7:23 mark and coasted to the win.
Gill led UNO (2-5) with 12 points.
UNO 109, TRINITY BAPTIST 46: In New Olreans, UNO set a program record for widest rebounding margin and scored 78 points in the paint in routing Trinity Baptist at the Lakefront Arena.
The Privateers (2-3) out-rebounded the Eagles by 52 (67-15), breaking the record of a plus-36 rebounding margin set in 1985.
The Privateers also scored over 100 points for the first time since 1999.
Five players landed in double figures as the Privateers shot 62.8 percent from the field for the first half and 54.7 percent for the game. UNO went 12-of-14 at the free-throw line and had 27 second-chance points. Trinity Baptist was held to just one offensive rebound in the contest.
Halie Matthews and Randi Brown led UNO with 14 points each. Kayla Mundy scored 13 points while Bria Platenburg and Shania Woods each added 10.
Trinity Baptist was led by Rebeca Lizotte, who scored 17 points but was held to three after halftime. Juliana Calice added 12 points.
LOUISIANA TECH 58, NICHOLLS STATE 55: In Thibodaux, Tia Charles scored a game-high 20 points in her season debut including a 3-pointer that gave the Nicholls State a late four-point lead over Louisiana Tech, but the Colonels were held scoreless for the final four minutes as the Lady Techsters came away with the win at Stopher Gym.
The loss dropped Nicholls to 2-5 on the season and 1-17 all-time against Louisiana Tech. The victory moved Louisiana Tech to 4-3 on the year.
Hope Pawlowski had 12 points and five steals off the bench for Nicholls, while LiAnn McCarthy scored 10 points in her first start of the season.
Brandi Wingate scored a team-high 16 points for Louisiana Tech, while Tiara Davenport finished with 14 and 12 rebounds.