— ATLANTA (AP) — Robert Carter Jr. had 13 points and 11 rebounds Monday night in Georgia Tech's easy 75-41 win over Alabama State, and the freshman power forward's first career double-double came as no surprise to Hornets coach Lewis Jackson.
The 3-pointer the big guy stroked? Now, that was a bit different.
Alabama State (1-9) trailed just 13-10 after freshman Bobby Brown hit a 3-pointer with 12:03 left in the first half. But from there, the Yellow Jackets (7-2) scored the next nine points — including Carter's trey — in starting a 19-2 run en route to a 40-20 halftime lead that was never in danger.
"We knew we had a tall order coming in ... because at just about every position we were giving up size," the Alabama State coach said. "Carter can crash the boards, shoot it from outside, nice post moves. It was just a tough cover for us."
A few days ago, the 6-foot-8, 245-pound Carter lamented having made just 3 of 17 3-pointers because, "I'm known as a skilled (power forward)."
He hit the only trey he tried against the Hornets and made several other nifty plays as the Yellow Jackets moved to 5-0 in nearly new McCamish Pavilion on the strength of their power game and balance.
Georgia Tech had a 51-30 rebounding edge and a 40-10 advantage in points in the paint.
Carter had a hand in much of that on his way to career highs in rebounds and assists (three) while blocking two shots. "My daddy always preached to me if I want to be a great player, I have to do extra, do more things," he said after making 6 of 9 shots.
The Yellow Jackets had 20 assists, their most since Brian Gregory took over as coach before last season. This was also their biggest margin of victory under Gregory.