ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Even without the benefit of a 3-pointer for the first time in more than 17 years, third-ranked Georgia Tech had no problems with Air Force.
B.J. Elder scored nine of his 11 points in the first half when the Yellow Jackets built a 20-point lead en route to a 64-42 victory over Air Force in the nightcap of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Classic.
Georgia Tech (6-0) won its previous five games by an average margin of 26.4 points, and leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring defense, field goal percentage defense and rebounding.
Air Force (6-3) was completely throttled by the Yellow Jackets' defense, hitting just 4-of-20 shots in the first half, including 1-of-13 from the arc. The Falcons finished the game shooting 28 percent.
Meanwhile, Georgia Tech converted 60 percent from the field, but attempted just 40 shots, including only two 3-pointers.
Shooting from the arc is a major component of Georgia Tech's offense with guards Jarrett Jack, Will Bynum and Elder, but the Yellow Jackets didn't convert a 3-pointer for the first time since March 6, 1987 against Virginia - a span of 546 games.
"This was a different kind of game for us, it was good for us to go up against a team with a different style of play," Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt said.
Running a Princeton-style offense, Air Force used most of the time on the shot clock on each possession. But center Nick Welch was the only player to have success, finishing with 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting. The rest of the Falcons were 9-of-46 from the field.
"We all know how good Georgia Tech is," Air Force coach Chris Mooney said. "They made the (NCAA) finals last year and most of their players are back, so this is a championship contender. They are a very fast team."
Georgia Tech blocked nine shots, including four by Anthony McHenry and three by center Luke Schenscher, who finished with 15 points and eight rebounds in 23 minutes.
The Yellow Jackets raced to a 20-6 lead in the first 11 minutes and increased the advantage to 32-12 at halftime.
Air Force pulled within 41-28 with 12 minutes left, but got no closer.