South Georgia Tech's Octavius Green simply took over Wednesday night in the Jets' meeting with region foe Albany Tech, scoring 17 off his 22 points in the second half.
ALBANY — ALBANY -- Albany Tech's shots fell early, but South Georgia Tech's shots fell when it mattered late.
The Jets outshot the Titans in the second half Wednesday in GCAA men's conference play and pulled out a gritty 77-66 win that all Albany Tech until the final five minutes.
"They kind of left us around and then we made a couple more plays in the last five or six minutes than they did," Jets' head coach Steven Wright said.
South Georgia Tech went on a 13-0 run in the final 3:20 and shot 55 percent in the second half to pull away and improve to 18-4 overall and 8-4 in league play.
The Jets took their first lead of the game on Octavius Green's layup with 7:01 left only to see ATC retake the lead on a Melzie Johnson bank shot high off the glass and two free throws from Nouhoum Boucoum for a 61-59 lead with 5:58 remaining.
Then the big three from Americus -- Green, Anthony Ethridge and Stedmon Lemon -- let loose.
Down 66-64 at the 3:34 mark, Lemon drained a jumper to start the 13-0 run. Ethridge followed with two free throws and an inside basket off an assist from Lemon to pull away. Green scored 17 off his 22 points in the second half.
"Somebody had to step up (late) and I thought that had to be me," said Green, who added 13 rebounds and remains the leader in the country in rebounding. "It was just effort. Defensive effort, going after the glass."
Etheridge had another monster game with 26 points and seven boards. Lemon added 15 and eight assists.
The Titans (7-14, 3-8 GCAA) led by as many as nine in the second half after jumping out to a 14-3 lead eary behind a Boucoum's 18 points.
"They kind of got in a groove... and we just didn't come to play," Titans' head coach Sylvester Patterson said. "We got a couple of bad calls. The referees have been awful all year. It's nothing new. That's been the talk of the league."
Former Dougherty star Arabian Williams added 14 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in the loss.
Albany Tech goes to Atlanta Metro Saturday. South Georgia Tech is off a week before playing at Georgia Highlands.
South Georgia Tech women 51, Albany Tech 37: The Lady Jets got 14 points and 10 boards from Nikki Blackburn to defeat South Georgia Tech. Kadriana Howard added 12 for SGT (14-8, 7-5 GCAA).
The Lady Titans were led by Lashay Lettingham's 15 points. Toni Grier added 10 for ATC (10-11, 3-8 GCAA).