@GTMBB Drops Houston 81-62 in NIT
Adam Smith scores 20 points
ATLANTA (AP) Adam Smith scored 20 points and Georgia Tech pulled away in the second half to beat Houston 81-62 on Wednesday night in an opening-round NIT game.
Devonta Pollard led Houston (22-10) with 21 points. Damyean Dotson had 14. Rob Gray Jr., who averages a team-leading 16.3 points, had only nine. The Cougars made only 2 of 13 3-pointers.
Georgia Tech led 41-32 at halftime and kept the lead in double figures after Georges-Hunt made two free throws to open the second half.
The Yellow Jackets, who have won seven of nine, are playing in the postseason for the first time in five seasons with coach Brian Gregory.
The Cougars improved from a 13-19 finish last season but couldn't keep pace with the hot-shooting Yellow Jackets, who shot 52.5 percent (32 of 61) from the field. Georgia Tech also dominated the boards with a 39-25 advantage in rebounds.