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REGIONAL ROUNDUP: Ga. Tech, FSU, Auburn men win; Georgia, Ga. Tech woman roll

Photo by Stanley Leary

Photo by Stanley Leary

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt knew it was just a matter of time until his Yellow Jackets found a way to score.

Zachery Peacock scored 18 points to lead four Georgia Tech players in double figures and the Yellow Jackets put on a shooting clinic in the second half to rout Kennesaw State 80-55 on Tuesday.

"The first half was a case of us just not executing," said Hewitt. "In the second half I thought we did a much better job executing and getting the ball where we wanted to be."

Peacock was a perfect 8-for-8 from the field and 2 of 2 from 3-point range. He also had seven rebounds.

"It surprised me, too. My teammates gave me the ball every time I was open," said Peacock, a senior who was averaging 8.3 points a game off the bench after being a starter for most of his career."

Brian Oliver had 14 points for the Yellow Jackets (9-2). Gani Lawal added 11 points and 10 rebounds for his sixth double-double and Derrick Favors had 11 points.

The Yellow Jackets, who dropped out of the rankings at No. 22 after Sunday's 66-59 overtime loss to Florida State, hit on 13 of their first 15 shots in the second half, including 4-for-4 on 3's to take a 61-36 lead with 8:21 left on a 3-point basket by Oliver.

"Zach has been very consistent for us all year," said Hewitt, adding he told Peacock to shoot more after not shooting much in the first couple of games.

"When he does that, he opens up the floor and takes our basketball team to a whole new dimension," said Hewitt.

Georgia Tech, which led only 27-16 at halftime, made 19 of 29 shots overall to blow the game open in the second half. The Yellow Jackets were 7 of 10 on three-point attempts. Their biggest lead was 31 at 79-48 with 1:59 left to play.

Kurtis Woods led Kennesaw State (4-7) with 18 points. Spencer Dixon added 12 and Markeith Cummings had 10.

Peacock led the Yellow Jackets with eight points on 4 of 4 shooting and five rebounds in the opening half. Kennesaw State's leading scorer freshman Cummings went 0-for-6 from the field and had only three points at intermission.

"Bottom line, we couldn't make shots to begin with. You need to make shots along gthe way to keep your confidence up," said Kennesaw coach Tony Ingle.

The Owls were 5-of-26 (19 percent) in the opening half.

"Georgia Tech played good defense, but we had some looks. It would have been more interesting if we had made a few more shots early," said Ingle.

The Yellow Jackets biggest first-half lead was 13 points at 23-10 with 2:44 left after Tech went on a 10-0 run. Brian Oliver hit back-to-back 3s in the run.

Tech hit on 11 of 28 (39 percent) at the break but wound up shooting 30-for-57 (53 percent) for the game, including 9-for-18 3's (50 percent). The Owls made only 5 of 26 (19 percent) and hit only 1 of 9 3's in the opening half and wound up hitting 20 of 59 (34 percent), including 9 of 25 3's (36 percent).

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FSU ROUTS TENNESSEE-MARTIN:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State's offense finally got out of its slump.

Freshman Michael Snaer scored a career-high 18 points to lead Florida State to a 95-68 win over Tennessee-Martin on Tuesday night.

Florida State's offense, which had broken the 80-point scoring barrier only once since November 21, eclipsed 90 points for the first time this season. It was the first time this year -- and the first time since December 22, 2007 -- that the Seminoles scored at least 90 points in a game.

Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said he wasn't ready to hang his hat on that offensive performance, but liked the energy he saw.

"We moved the ball and made good decisions," Hamilton, who faced his alma mater for the first time in his 21-year coaching career, said. "That's what I'm excited about, and I feel that'll give us the chance to reach the offensive potential we have."

The Seminoles (11-2) outscored the Skyhawks (1-9) 23-2 in the game's first 8:11, as Tennessee-Martin shot just 36.8 percent from the floor. It was the ninth time this season Florida State held an opponent under 37 percent shooting.

Florida State shot 54.4 percent from the floor, its best night since shooting 59.7 percent against Mercer on November 21.

Snaer said the Seminoles got their offense rolling by picking up the pace. The Seminoles scored 24 fast-break points and 35 points off turnovers.

"We just focused on everybody getting out and running," Snaer said. "The point guards just pushed it and got it up the floor quick. It was easy for us to get open looks when we moved the ball around."

With its defense, Florida State shutdown the Skyhawks from the opening tip, shutting down the low post and disrupting the Tennessee-Martin's passing lanes. Florida State outscored Tennessee-Martin 23-2 in the game's first 8:11, forcing the Skyhawks to miss their first eight shots.

Snaer was one of six Seminoles to score in double figures. Xavier Gibson scored 12 points and Terrence Shannon 11. Jordan Demercy, Deividas Dulkys and Chris Singleton each added 10.

Tennessee-Martin's Marquis Weddle finished with a game-high 27 points

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AUBURN BOUNCES BACK AGAINST ALABAMA STATE:

AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn's Brendon Knox said the Tigers had a wake-up call during Sunday's loss to Sam Houston State.

Tuesday's game against Alabama State brought some much-needed confidence.

Knox scored a career-high 18 points off the bench to lead the Tigers in a 94-78 win over the Hornets.

Senior DeWayne Reed, Auburn's leading scorer at 16.1 points per game, fouled out with 2:13 left but still finished with 15 points in 23 minutes.

Lucas Hargrove added 14 points while Tay Waller chipped in 13 in Auburn's largest offensive output of the season.

In the Tigers' 107-89 loss to Sam Houston State, which dropped them under .500, Knox fouled out after just 9 minutes.

"Sam Houston was such a big disappointment, so we needed this game to rebound," Knox said. "We needed it just to get established. We're going into the SEC and we have to be ready for that."

Auburn (6-6) pulled away in the first half with an 11-2 run and led by as many as 16 points with 5:10 to go before halftime.

Reed's lay-in as time expired gave the Tigers a 46-33 halftime lead.

"Knox is our best inside scorer," said Auburn coach Jeff Lebo. "We kept Knox in the game and I thought he was good inside. We wanted to do that last game, but he fouled out in 5 minutes."

Alabama State (2-8) hung around most of the game, thanks to 12 offensive rebounds in the first half and 10 second-chance points to none for the Tigers.

After shooting 0-for-12 from the 3-point line, the Hornets made 10 of 13 to finish the game.

"We needed to take our time and get good shots," said Alabama State coach Lewis Jackson. "We didn't always do that."

Menji Mundadi, the Hornets' leading scorer, finished with 15 points after getting into early foul trouble.

Mundadi committed his third foul with 30 seconds left in the first half, which forced the Hornets to start the second half with him on the bench.

Mundadi scored nine points after the break while Tramaine Butler added 14 for the Hornets.

Alabama State committed 30 personal fouls.

"We told him (Mundadi), he got that foul trying to force a shot instead of just letting the game come to him," Jackson said. "It kind of affected us, but defensively we didn't do the job we wanted to do."