Football team faces Tigers; hoops undefeated

Jon Barash

The football team will play at Clemson Thursday night in what is potentially an ACC elimination game for the Yellow Jackets. Tech is technically in first place in the ACC Coastal, but are tied in the loss column with Miami and Virginia Tech, which each beat Tech.

Clemson will be a tough out for coach Paul Johnson’s crew, as the Tigers are at the top of the conference in many statistical categories. Quarterback Tajh Boyd is second in passing with 2,620 yards while receiver Sammy Watkins is tops in the conference with 982 receiving yards. Defensive end Vic Beasley leads the league with 10 sacks.

TECH WINS TWO …

Tennessee-transfer Trae Golden led all scorers with 16 as Tech beat Delaware State 68-50 Monday to improve to 2-0. Marcus Georges-Hunt scored 12 points and grabbed eight boards while Robert Carter, Jr. had 11 points and five blocks. The Yellow Jackets led 31-18 at the half before Delaware State cut it to eight with 5:29 left in the game.

Tech opened the season Friday with a

88-57 win over Presbyterian. the victory was coach Brian Gregory’s 200th in his career. Georges-Hunt scored 17 points and added nine rebounds while Carter had 13 points and 10 rebounds.

The Jackets travel to Athens Friday to take on arch-rival Georgia (2-0). Tech has won the last two meetings against the Bulldogs.

GREGORY EXTENDED …

Tech coach Brian Gregory has signed a one-year extension to push his contract through the 2017-2018 season.

“I’m very thankful to President Peterson, Mike Bobinski, and the Georgia Tech Board of Trustees for their confidence in my leader- ship and their support of our program,” said Gregory. “I’m proud of the foundation we are creating academically, in the community, and on the court. I am also extremely excited about our future success and humbled by the commitment made by this great institution.”

Gregory began his career on the Flats in 2011-2012, when his team finished 11-20. Last season the Jackets went 16-15.

“With this extension we recognize Brian’s leadership and progress in re-building the Tech basketball program over the past two years,” said athletics director Mike Bobinski. “Under his direction, we have greatly improved the team’s academic standing and have seen positive growth on the court.”

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