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Updated: Tuesday, November 30, 2004 11:29 PM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(4) Georgia Tech 99, Michigan 68

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Behind a record-setting performance by B.J. Elder, Georgia Tech swarmed its way to an impressive victory.

Elder scored 18 of his career high-tying 27 points in the first half to lead the fourth-ranked Yellow Jackets to a 99-68 rout of Michigan in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

Holding a slim 10-9 advantage 3:02 into the contest, Georgia Tech (4-0) went on a 20-0 run over the next 4:17 behind four points each from Elder and Jarrett Jack. Later in the half, Elder converted four 3-pointers and a layup within a 3:10 span to push the lead to 55-26 with just over a minute remaining.

Elder, a senior guard, set an ACC-Big Ten Challenge record with seven 3-pointers on nine attempts and the Yellow Jackets established an event record with 13 3-pointers in 24 attempts.

"Every defense we tried they seemed to have an answer for," Michigan coach Tommy Amaker said. "I know they shot the ball extremely well, they shot it from three and then they got layups and it became a track meet and it was no match for us."

Will Bynum scored 18 points, making 3-of-6 from the arc, and Jack added 16 and 11 assists without a turnover for the Yellow Jackets, who finished with 28 assists and collected 11 steals.

"The game is a lot easier when you make shots," said Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt about his team's 60 percent (39-of-72) shooting performance. "You've got to give Will Bynum a lot of credit for creating momentum early on."

The Yellow Jackets also created numerous easy baskets behind a stifling defensive effort. Holding the Wolverines to 39 percent (12-of-31) from the field and forcing 12 turnovers, Georgia Tech exploded with 20 fast-break points in the first half.

"I think every coach wants to start out like that, but those plans don't work out all the time," Hewitt said. "We just felt that our defensive pressure is good enough and our depth is good enough that we can force people to make plays."

Courtney Sims scored 17 points but Daniel Horton, playing against Jack in a marquee matchup, mustered just four points and had eight turnovers before fouling out with 11:33 remaining for Michigan (3-3).


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