Falcons Fall to Georgia Tech
By PAUL NEWBERRYAP Sports Writer
ATLANTA (AP) - Luke Schenscher scored 15 points and No. 3 Georgia Tech overcame Air Force's slow-paced offense for a 64-42 victory Saturday.
The Yellow Jackets (6-0), who try to run at every opportunity, were forced into a game that was totally out of character. They attempted a season-low 40 shots and failed to make a 3-pointer for the first time since 1987.
But Georgia Tech still managed to dominate, leading 32-12 at halftime and holding the Falcons (6-3) to just under 28 percent (15-of-54) from the field.
The 7-foot-1 Schenscher towered over everyone, taking full advantage of the mismatch. He made 6 of 9 shots, had three blocks and grabbed eight rebounds, leading the Yellow Jackets to a commanding 35-22 edge on the boards.
Georgia Tech was averaging more than 63 shots per game. Air Force stretched out the shot clock on nearly every possession with its Princeton-style offense, but that merely kept the score from getting totally out of hand.
The Yellow Jackets were held to their second-fewest points of the season and nearly 16 below their average.
Georgia Tech attempted only two 3-pointers. The streak of 546 games with a 3-pointer was third longest in the NCAA, trailing only the current streaks of UNLV (574 entering Saturday) and Vanderbilt (573 entering Saturday).
Air Force was hopelessly overmatched in size and quickness. That was epitomized at the center position, where Schenscher held a five-inch, 40-pound advantage over Nick Welch, who still managed to lead the Falcons with 16 points.
He didn't get much help. No other Air Force player scored more than six.
Tech's Anthony McHenry had four blocks, including one that he swatted into the stands on Matt McCraw's drive to the hoop.
Air Force's Tim Keller, a 6-3 guard who did most of his shooting from beyond the arc, tried to get inside a couple of times - with dismal results. Schenscher stuffed one shot without even jumping, then Theodis Tarver also blocked Keller near the basket.
Overall, the Yellow Jackets had nine blocks.
The Yellow Jackets managed only 16 points off the fast break, but they did get loose a few times. With just over 2 minutes remaining, Will Bynum drove for a thunderous, one-handed slam that seemed to release all the frustrations of playing Air Force's slowdown offense.
Georgia Tech committed five turnovers in seven possessions early in the second half, allowing the Falcons to get within 41-28. That was as close as they got.
Other than a one-point win at Illinois-Chicago, Georgia Tech has won its other five games by an average of nearly 31 points.
B.J. Elder, with 11 points for the Yellow Jackets, was the only other player in double figures.