ATLANTA — Daniel Miller blocked seven shots in his first game and Georgia Tech overcame poor shooting to defeat Charleston Southern 52-39 in the season opener for both teams on Friday night.
Mfon Udofia had 12 points and Brian Oliver and Glen Rice Jr. each scored 10 for the Yellow Jackets, who held the Buccaneers to 26.9 shooting and forced 29 turnovers.
Georgia Tech, which shot 28.8 percent from the floor, was 3 for 22 on 3-point attempts. Charleston Southern was 4 for 24 from behind the arc.
Johathan Brooks scored 14 points and had 11 rebounds for Charleston Southern, which fell behind by 11-0 to start the game and trailed by as many as 20 points in the second half.
Miller, a 6-foot-10 redshirt freshman, had five points, six rebounds and three steals. Georgia
Tech was outrebounded
Four of the five starters scored in the Yellow Jackets' 11-0 opening run as Charleston Southern went nearly six minutes without a point. But soon Georgia Tech went as cold as the visitors, who had 20 first-half turnovers.
The score was 23-13 at halftime, with the Yellow Jackets shooting 22.9 percent and Charleston Southern hitting 24 percent. Georgia Tech was 1 for 13 from behind the 3-point arc and the Buccaneers were 1-for-10.
The Yellow Jackets scored the first eight points after intermission and had built a 39-19 lead by midway in the second half before the Buccaneers started cutting into the gap.
Georgia Tech went to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season while posting a 23-13 record. But the Yellow Jackets lost Derrick Favors and Gani Lawal early to the NBA and are picked to finish near the bottom of the ACC this season.