ATLANTA (Ticker) -- B.J. Elder scored 17 points and Isma'il Muhammad added 16 off the bench to lead No. 10 Georgia Tech to a 75-62 victory over Saint Louis in the Peach Bowl Classic.
Jarrett Jack added 13 points and Clarence Moore chipped in nine for the Yellow Jackets (8-0), who are off to their best start since they were 10-0 in 1989-90. They are two wins shy of matching the best start in school history, set in 1962-63.
"It's a good win," Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt said. "We knew Saint Louis was going to make us work, especially on the defensive end of the floor."
Will Bynum had six points in 18 minutes in his Georgia Tech debut. The transfer from Arizona was forced to sit out the first eight games due to eligibility rules.
"I thought he'd be a little rusty," Hewitt said. "He played 18 minutes. I'd like to see him get a little more. He and Isma'il are two guys who can provide a lot of energy off the bench."
The Yellow Jackets had won their first seven games by an average of nearly 26 points. This win was by the smallest margin this season and the first by fewer than 16 points.
"I am surprised," Hewitt added. "We're playing quality competition."
Josh Fisher led the Billikens (3-3) with 14 points. Reggie Bryant added 13 and Tom Frericks had 10.
Although Georgia Tech led just 32-29 at the half, they used a 16-4 run for a 48-33 advantage with 15 minutes remaining in the game. Bynum's 3-pointer with 10 minutes left increased the lead to 63-42.
Saint Louis has lost three straight, including the last two to top 10 teams. They lost to No. 7 Arizona last week.
"I should start by saying that Georgia Tech deserves a lot of credit," Saint Louis coach Brad Soderberg said. "They are exceptionally good. We have not defended well against West Virginia, Arizona or Georgia Tech in the last three games. If we want to improve this program and its image, we have to execute better."