ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Jarrett Jack has earned a reputation as one of the top playmaking guards in the country. He demonstrated his scoring skills Sunday.
Jack scored 16 of his 18 points in the first half as No. 4 Georgia Tech pounded Georgia, 87-49, in the 181st game between the in-state rivals. The win represents the largest margin of victory for Tech in the series.
Jack averaged 5.6 assists per game and quarterbacked the Yellow Jackets to the NCAA title game last season. But he averaged 33 points a game as a junior at Mount Zion Christian Academy and broke Rockets star Tracy McGrady's single-game scoring record with a 56-point performance.
"I know it's early, but I don't think I've ever been around a guy (Jack) who has played at such a high level from the first day of practice," Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt said. "He's been playing unbelievable basketball, and I just hope it continues."
Jack made all six shots from the floor in the first half, including three from the arc, and gave Tech a 43-30 halftime lead when he drove the left baseline and converted a layup as time expired.
Tech then blew the game open with a 12-0 run to start the second half and held Georgia to 19 points and five field goals after the break.
"Coach really got on us at halftime," Jack said. "He thought we were getting beat off the dribble too much."
"As well as we can score, the thing that I'm always talking to our guys about is focusing on the defensive end of the floor and making sure we rebound the basketball," Hewitt said. "When you do those things, the points are going to come. At halftime, I thought we could have done a better job defensively in the first half."
Jack finished with 18 points on 7-of-7 shooting in just 29 minutes. The junior, who averaged 11 points per game and shot 45 percent in his first two years, is averaging 14.8 this season and shooting 62.5 percent. Barely a 30 percent 3-point shooter coming into the season, Jack has made half of his 16 attempts.
"I've been working on my 3-ball over the course of the summer," Jack said. "They were laying off me so I just took the shots."
B.J. Elder scored 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting and Luke Schenscher added 12 and 14 rebounds for the Yellow Jackets (5-0), who have won their first five games by an average of 26 points.
Georgia Tech made sure that a repeat of last season did not recur. The Yellow Jackets, 12-0 and ranked third in the country, were dumped, 83-80, in double overtime by the Bulldogs. But this isn't the same Georgia (1-3) club.
Gone are four senior starters and the starting lineup this season consists of three freshman and two sophomores. Their lack of experience showed.
The Bulldogs shot just 34 percent (15-of-44) and were outscored 74-36 after being tied, 13-13, with 13:55 remaining in the first half.
"Some of the older guys took it personally after the loss last season," Jack said.
Levi Stukes scored 17 on 7-of-14 shooting for the Bulldogs.
"I thought that in the first half we hung in there, but in the second half, Tech just ran away from us," Georgia coach Dennis Felton said. "Obviously, they are a powerful team and the game simply got away from us. But, I tell you what - we did some really good things in this game. The first 14 minutes we did a lot of good things to keep it close and we competed very well."
Georgia Tech leads the all-time series, 99-82 but Georgia had won three of the last four.