Georgia Tech Tops Sam Houston State, 81-73
Lammers leads five Yellow Jackets in double figures with 19 points
ATLANTA (AP) Ben Lammers scored 12 of his 19 points in the first half as Georgia Tech built a 20-point lead and held on for an 81-73 win over Sam Houston State on Tuesday night.
Georgia Tech (3-1) led 40-20 at halftime only to watch Sam Houston State pull within 55-47 on Jamal Williams' layup with 8:49 left, but the Jackets answered with a 10-2 run and held on from there.
The Bearkats pulled within seven points late, but did not seriously threaten
John Dewey III had 15 points and Dakari Henderson scored 12 for SHSU (2-2).
Sam Houston State was within two after Aurimas Majauskas' layup with 10:31 left in the first half before the Jackets pulled away with a 17-point run. Lammers scored nine, grabbed four rebounds and blocked three shots in that span.
Sam Houston State: Head coach Jason Hooten had to be happy with the way his team battled back after being overwhelmed in the first half, but the Bearkats ultimately were out-sized and overmatched.
Georgia Tech: The Jackets have to be pleased with the way they shot the long ball (season-high 6 3s on 11 attempts) after a horrendous start to the season from beyond the arc. Head coach Josh Pastner knows they have to bridge the gap between their productivity from 3-point range in the first game and move closer to Tuesday's numbers.
Sam Houston State: The Bearkats host Idaho on Friday.
Georgia Tech: Senior point guard Josh Heath, who missed the Jackets' first four games while suspended for violating team rules, will be eligible for the last of five consecutive home games to open the season Saturday against Tulane.