ATLANTA (Ticker) -- B.J. Elder scored 23 points as third-ranked Georgia Tech routed Arkansas-Little Rock, 79-54, in a game marred by a serious injury to Yellow Jackets freshman Jeremis Smith.
With under two minutes remaining, Smith dislocated his right kneecap and had to be taken off the court on a stretcher. He likely will be lost for the remainder of the season.
"This is very difficult for a lot of reasons," Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt said. "You never want to see that happen to anyone, but especially to someone who works as hard as Jeremis does and loves to play as much as he does."
After escaping with a 60-59 victory against lightly regarded Illinois-Chicago on Monday, the Yelllow Jackets put away this one early, racing to a 23-2 lead midway through the first half.
The Trojans (1-2) missed 10 of their first 11 shots and shot only 29 percent (9-of-31) in the opening half.
"Early on, I thought our defense carried us but it's hard to dissect that game right now," Hewitt added. "As far as our team is concerned, we'll figure out a way to band together."
Georgia Tech extended its cushion to 32-8 on Jarrett Jack's jumper with six minutes left in the first half. Jack just missed a triple-double with 10 points, nine rebounds and nine assists.
Elder, a national Player of the Year candidate, made 8-of-17 shots, including 4-of-7 3-pointers.
Isma'il Muhammad added 13 points for the Yellow Jackets, who are 136-8 at home against non-conference opponents since the 1981-82 season.
"Georgia Tech is so explosive and so athletic from the guard spots, and then you've got (Luke) Schenscher (eight points, five rebounds) on the inside to deal with," Trojans coach Steve Shields said.
Georgia Tech cooled off, allowing Arkansas-Little to briefly climb back into the game. The Yellow Jackets shot 47 percent (32-of-68) and committed 17 turnovers that the Trojans converted into 20 points.
Arkansas-Little Rock closed within 38-21 at the intermission but got no closer than 13 in the second half. The Trojans shot under 33 percent (20-of-61) for the game.
"We knew we were going to face a hungry team tonight, especially coming off the Illinois-Chicago game," Shields added.
Brandon Freeman scored 18 points and Zach Wright added 13 points for Arkansas-Little Rock, which lost its second straight game to a top-10 opponent on the road. The Trojans were coming off a 90-65 loss at Oklahoma State.