Georgia Tech scores 101 in Bahamas opener

Charles Mitchell scored 18 of his 28 points in the second half, leading five Georgia Tech players in double figures as the Yellow Jackets defeated the Atlantis All-Stars, 101-60, Thursday night at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium in Nassau.

Ready to play after 24 hours of soaking up sun and surf, Tech scored early and often in both its half-court offense and in transition, building a 32-12 lead after the first quarter and a 57-27 bulge at halftime. The Jackets hit 38 of 67 shots from the floor (57 percent), including 6 of 11 from three-point range, and assisted on 21 of their 38 field goals.

Mitchell, a senior from Atlanta, went 10-of-12 from the floor and 8-of-9 from the free throw line and took 10 rebounds in the game. Quinton Stephens, a junior from Atlanta, scored 17 points, hitting 6-of-9 from the floor, including both of his three-point attempts. Corey Heyward, a junior from Duluth, Georgia, added 13 points, while Tadric Jackson, a sophomore from Tifton, Georgia, scored 12 and Josh Heath, a junior from Tampa, Florida, chipped in with 10 points and five assists.

Tech scored 101 points without senior forward Marcus Georges-Hunt and graduate transfer guard Adam Smith, who are sitting out the three games on this trip protecting injuries. They rank No. 7 and 8 in 2014-15 scoring average among returning players in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Head coach Brian Gregory started Heath and Jackson at the guards, Stephens at small forward, with Mitchell and Ben Lammers at the post positions, promising to shuffle the starting five for each game this weekend. Lammers, a sophomore from San Antonio, Texas, grabbed a team-high 14 rebounds and scored nine points on 2-of-4 shooting.

Travis Jorgenson recorded six assists and did not turn the ball over in 22 minutes off the bench.

The Yellow Jackets have a community service activity planned for Friday morning, then return to the court to face the Providence Storm Saturday at 6:30 p.m.