Jacobs shines, Tech goes undefeated in Bahamas

Senior Nick Jacobs scored a game-high 31 points Sunday, helping Georgia Tech overcome a 12-point first-half deficit and outlast the CTG Knights, 77-69, at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium. The win completed an undefeated trip to the Bahamas for the Yellow Jackets.

The CTG Knights presented a bigger, more athletic team and a more physical style of play than either of Georgia Tech’s first two opponents on the island. They took a 20-8 lead midway through the opening period before head coach Brian Gregory called a timeout. The Jackets scored the next six points to trail 20-14 at the end of the period.

Jacobs, a 6-8 post player from Atlanta, scored 10 of his 14 first-half points in the second quarter as the Jackets caught up to the Knights and the two teams exchanged leads. Travis Jorgenson, who finished the game with nine points and four assists, drove the lane for a layup as the buzzer sounded, giving Tech a 36-35 lead.

Gregory’s team led by as many as six points in the third period before a late three by Trevon Grant cut the margin to 56-54 at the close. Jacobs scored eight in the quarter, going 6-for-6 from the free throw line. The Jackets pulled away in the fourth, outscoring the Knights 21-15 behind eight more points from Jacobs and seven from Jorgenson, who made all four of his free throws in the final minute to ice the game.

Jacobs went 11-of-15 from the field in the game, and 9-of-10 from the free throw line, and he was the only Jacket in double figures. Seven other players scored, with Tadric Jackson adding nine, Charles Mitchell eight and Josh Heath six.

Tech shot 43 percent from the floor (30-of-69) and 1-of-13 from three-point range, and outrebounded the Knights 42-37.

The Jackets have one more day on the island before returning home Tuesday.