ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Georgia Tech bounced back from a tough loss behind a strong first half by its big man.
Luke Schenscher scored 10 of his 14 points in the first half and Isma'il Muhammad added 16 as No. 9 Georgia Tech posted a 90-48 rout of Charleston Southern.
Schenscher had just five points on 2-of-5 shooting in the Yellow Jackets' lone blemish, an 85-73 loss to Gonzaga in the Las Vegas Showdown on Saturday. The Australian center came out aggressive in this one, scoring eight points in the first five minutes to give Georgia Tech (8-1) a 16-9 advantage.
"There were a lot of lessons from that (Gonzaga) game," Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt said. "Tonight you saw us start the game by getting the ball inside to Luke. I thought we did a very poor job of that against Gonzaga. We made a point in our film sessions to establish him."
Schenscher finished 6-of-8 from the field, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked two shots.
Muhammad added nine points in the opening half as the Yellow Jackets shot 61 percent (14-of-23) to grab a 43-27 lead at the break.
Georgia Tech matched its efforts in the second half, breaking out with a 13-2 run behind eight points by Jarrett Jack in the first five minutes. Despite Hewitt liberally using his bench, the Yellow Jackets shot 61 percent (17-of-28) to finish with their most lopsided victory of the season.
"I thought we played much better in the second half," Hewitt said. "That might be the best half of basketball we've played since the first half of the Air Force game. We'd better start putting some good halves together because it's going to get hot and heavy here pretty soon."
Jack scored 13 points and Anthony Morrow chipped in 11 for Georgia Tech, which improved to 6-1 all-time against the Buccaneers and 6-0 at Alexander Memorial Coliseum this season.
Kurtis Rice scored 12 points and Nathan Ball added 11 for Charleston Southern (1-6), which absorbed a fifth straight loss.
"I think our team when we settle down to our level, we have a chance to be very good college basketball team," Charleston Southern coach Jim Platt said. "We've faced some very high level of competition and sometimes we've responded well, and sometimes we have responded not so well. We certainly need to do a better job of taking care of the basketball against those type of athletes and we had defensive breakdowns."