COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: Tech wins; Auburn, No. 6 UNC stunned

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A friendly rivalry between teammates Gani Lawal and Derrick Favors means trouble for opponents of No. 21 Georgia Tech.

The two big men each scored 18 points and added three blocks apiece Friday to lead the Yellow Jackets (2-1) to a 70-62 victory against George Mason on Friday in the consolation round of the O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

"We push each other to see who can get the most rebounds, score the most points," Favors said. "Me and Gani just try to play hard."

Favors scored six of his points in a 13-0 run, capped by one of his dunks, that gave the Yellow Jackets a 43-23 lead with 15 minutes to play. The Patriots (2-2) got no closer than six points the rest of the way.

George Mason coach Jim Larranaga said he could not remember a game in which his team had been dunked on so many times.

"The two big guys just manhandled us inside," he said. "I'll have to watch the tape to see how they were able to do it so easily."

Georgia Tech tallied 12 assists and coach Paul Hewitt said his team made fewer mistakes compared with its first-round performance in a 63-59 loss Thursday to No. 18 Dayton.

"The big thing today is our point guards played with poise and got the balls in to them in the right spots," Hewitt said.

George Mason led, 17-9, on a 3-pointer by Andre Cornelius with 9:54 left in the first half, but the Yellow Jackets then went on a 15-0 run that featured two dunks from Favors and one from Lawal. Georgia Tech led, 27-19, at halftime.

Lawal had a game-high 14 rebounds for Georgia Tech, which, as he noted, gave him the edge over Favors for the day.

"When we're on, we really dominate," Lawal said. "When our hands are up and we're active, it's hard for anyone to score on us."

UCF 84, AUBURN 74:

Kirk Speraw wasn't overly impressed about the history his team made. The Central Florida coach was just happy about another victory.

A.J Tyler had 19 points and eight rebounds as UCF defeated Auburn, 84-74, at the Glenn Wilkes Classic on Friday night.

The Knights entered the game 0-27 all-time against SEC teams.

"I was just proud of our guys," said Speraw, in his 17th year at UCF. "The effort that they had, especially early. A good win for this team. History, I don't know. I'm just worried about this team."

Taylor Young and Dave Diakite had eight first-half points apiece for the Knights (3-0), who opened the game with a 13-0 run en route to a 41-24 lead at intermission. Each finished with 12 points.

Auburn (1-2) got 22 points from Frankie Sullivan and DeWayne Reed added 15.



Ryan Wedel had 15 points and Seth VanDeest added 13 to lead Drake past Georgia State at the Glenn Wilkes Classic on Friday.

Joe Dukes scored 20 points and Trae Goldston had 16 for Georgia State (1-2).

Craig Stanley hit a pair of free throws to complete a short surge that put Drake (1-2) ahead, 49-35, nine minutes into the second half. VanDeest's short jumper made it 55-37 with seven minutes remaining.

Goldston and Dukes scored all the points during a 12-2 run, which got Georgia State within 61-56 in the final minute of play.