ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Jarrett Jack scored 20 points and No. 4 Georgia Tech forced 21 turnovers in a season-opening 74-37 rout of Alabama State.
In the first meeting between the two schools, the Yellow Jackets proved to be too much for the defending Southwest Athletic Conference champions. Georgia Tech raced out to a 13-0 lead and had 13 blocks and 11 steals.
Jack was 5-for-8 from the floor, including 3-of-5 from the arc. He made 7-of-8 free throws and added four rebounds and three assists in 29 minutes.
B.J. Elder added 15 points for Georgia Tech (1-0), which stretched its lead to 18 points in the first half and outscored the Hornets, 43-21, over the final 20 minutes.
"Our constant pressure maybe wore them down a little bit," Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt said. "Early on, we came out with a lot of energy. The sign of a veteran team is what you saw tonight. We didn't shoot the ball well, but we kept up the defensive energy."
Alexander Oliver led Alabama State (0-1) with 11 points and Joel Bosh added nine. Bosh is the younger brother of former Yellow Jacket and current Toronto Raptor Chris Bosh.
"With just about 11 minutes to go in the game, we were down by 12 with the basketball and we turned the ball over. From that point it just went downhill," Alabama State coach Rob Spivery said. "You know how it is, if you don't score any points, eventually the other team is going to go ahead and I thought that's what happened."
The 37 points allowed by the Yellow Jackets was the fewest since they held Wofford to 37 on January 31, 1977. The Hornets were limited to 25.5 percent shooting (13-for-51) and were outrebounded 51-33.
"Today just showed them that they can be a great, not a good, but a great defensive team," Hewitt said. "When you have five seniors and guys not worrying about how many points they score, you can focus on defense and getting out in transition, and then everyone will get their fair share of touches."