Kammeon Holsey scored 14 points, Robert Carter pulled down 10 rebounds and the Yellow Jackets defeated The Citadel 73-41 on Saturday to improve to 6-0 at home.
Georgia Tech (8-2) played most of its home games at Philips Arena last season and neither the crowds nor the results were very good. That has changed now.
“I hope the winning streak continues,” coach Brian Gregory said.
Marcus Georges-Hunt had 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc in the first half and the Yellow Jackets held the Bulldogs (3-7) to 25.4-percent shooting.
“It’s starting to feel a lot like a home advantage,” Gregory said. “Our support is starting to gain some momentum. The crowd was a huge lift for our guys. You want to create an atmosphere where it is one of the toughest places to play.”
Matt Groselle and Lawrence Miller each had nine points for The Citadel. Stephen Elmore finished with eight points and 10 rebounds.
“I thought we played really good defense,” Gregory said. “We’re making some progress. There is no doubt about.”
Carter had nine points and Julian Royal added eight for Georgia Tech, which shot 43.7 percent.
“They’re going to be able to go home for a few days now, but they had some business to take care of first,” Gregory said. “They did it.”
Georgia Tech made of nine of its first 13 shots and led 20-3 before the game was nine minutes old as the Bulldogs started 1-for-10. The Citadel got within 22-10, but Georgia Tech then went on a 17-0 run and the lead was 41-16 at halftime.
“Those are the type of teams you have to get off to a good start,” Carter said of the Bulldogs. “You have to put them away early.
The Yellow Jackets’ biggest lead was 36 points with 6:19 to play.
“That’s a very good Georgia Tech team,” Bulldogs coach Chuck Driesell said. “Their defense really bothered us. This is a learning experience for my guys to come into this environment.”
The Citadel shot just 19.4 percent in the first half and was 1-for-11 from behind the 3-point arc at intermission and 3-for-22 for the game. Matt Van Scyoc missed eight 3-point attempts and was 1-for-13 shooting overall.
Kentucky transfer Stacey Poole, who became eligible after the first semester, made his debut for Georgia Tech and scored all of his seven points in the second half. He also had five rebounds.
Ten players scored for the Yellow Jackets.
Georgia Tech played its second straight game without Jason Morris, who is battling plantar fasciitis. The junior wing, a key reserve, is averaging 4.9 points per game.
The Yellow Jackets have home games against Fordham next Saturday and Chattanooga on Jan. 2 before opening ACC play by hosting Miami on Jan. 5.
Georgia Tech’s losses are to California in the DirecTV Classic at Anaheim, Calif., and at No. 10 Illinois.