ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Luke Schenscher put his height advantage to good use for Georgia Tech.
Schenscher netted a career-high 22 points as the sixth-ranked Yellow Jackets cruised to a 74-41 rout of Alabama A&M.
The 7-1 Schenscher is described by coach Paul Hewitt as one of the team's hardest working players, although he has often been the target of fans expecting more. Earlier this year, Hewitt called a radio show to defend Schenscher.
Alabama A&M (2-4) had no player taller than 6-8 and that allowed Schenscher to shine. The junior center from Australia made 10-of-14 shots and also grabbed five rebounds.
"Luke played big," Hewitt said. "He has always shown good touch around the basket, and he really took advantage of the size mismatch he had by posting up strong."
The Yellow Jackets' 9-0 start is their best since winning 10 straight to open the 1989-90 campaign. Georgia Tech has won by an average of over 25 points per game.
Georgia tech snapped an early 6-6 tie with 13 straight points, triggered by a pair of 3-pointers by Will Bynum, and built a 49-15 halftime bulge. Playing his second game since transferring from Arizona, those were Bynum's only two baskets in 20 minutes.
"I think people are starting to see why our players and our coaching staff have been so excited about him becoming eligible," Hewitt said. "He's still a little rusty. He's an explosive player."
The blowout allowed Hewitt to rest his starters and no Yellow Jacket played more than 26 minutes. Ten of Georgia Tech's 12 players scored and Robert Brooks and Clarence Moore provided some quality minutes off the bench, combining for nine points and 10 rebounds.
Jarrett Jack keyed the defensive effort with six steals as Georgia Tech forced 28 turnovers. Alabama A&M (2-4) shot only 25.5 percent (13-of-51).
"It's really what we expected," Bulldogs coach L. Vann Pettway said. "We knew they were going to be an aggressive team and our kids got intimidated in the first half because of their pressure."
The Yellow Jackets have captured all three meetings with the Bulldogs.