116 points for Georgia Tech?

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - JANUARY 22: Head coach Brian Gregory of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets speaks with an official  during the second half  against the Virginia Cavaliers at the John Paul Jones Arena on January 22, 2015 in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Virginia Cavaliers defeated Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 57-28. (Photo by Tommy Gilligan/Getty Images)

Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory had little room to complain Friday night with the Yellow Jackets trouncing Cornell 116-81 in the season opener for both teams. (Photo by Tommy Gilligan/Getty Images)

There are plenty of ways that Georgia Tech’s 116-81 season-opening win over Cornell at McCamish Pavilion can be discounted.

The Big Red were picked to finish last in the Ivy League. The Yellow Jackets simply outmatched Cornell physically. It’s what should happen when an ACC team plays a team from the Ivy League.

On the other hand, 116 points is … 116 points. Tech surpassed the previous high score in coach Brian Gregory’s tenure, 92 points against Florida A&M in 2011, with 8:40 left in the game. It was the fifth-highest scoring game in school history. Last season, Tech averaged 63.3 points and three times were held under 50 points.

It was the most points scored against Cornell in the school history, a stretch of 2,594 games. The record had held by Penn in 1972 (111 points).

“I said on the radio, ‘I guarantee there ain’t one person who was at the game or listening on the radio that ever thought they’d hear the Georgia Tech team coached by Brian Gregory just scored 116 points,’” Gregory said after the game. “That’s a guarantee.”

On opening night, it was an indication that the pieces that Gregory has assembled – transfers Adam Smith, Nick Jacobs and James White along with returnees such as Marcus Georges-Hunt and Quinton Stephens – could be far more effective at putting the ball through the basket than his previous teams.

“We had several players in double figures, so that’s fun,” forward Charles Mitchell said following a 10-for-11 shooting night from the floor. “That’s fun basketball.”

Running effectively, owning the glass and moving the ball with precision and deftness, the Jackets shot 60.3 percent from the field (47 for 78), the highest rate in Gregory’s 127-game tenure. They had an absurd 30/6 assist/turnover ratio. Tech’s best ratio last year was 14/7 (Vanderbilt).

Last season, only one Division I team scored more than 116 points in a game against a Division I opponent. Indiana scored 116 against Mississippi Valley State.

Team Opponent Score Final record
Iona Delaware State 126-76 26-9
Indiana Mississippi Valley State 116-65 20-14
Illinois Coppin State 114-56 19-14
VMI Western Carolina 113-111 (2 OT) 11-19
UCLA Montana State 113-78 22-14
Duke Presbyterian 113-44 35-4
Western Carolina VMI 111-113 (2 OT) 15-17
Kentucky Auburn 110-75 38-1
Northwestern State Central Arkansas 110-108 19-13
Davidson Montana 110-99 24-8
NC-Wilmington VMI 110-93 18-14


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