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Georgia Southern Eagles vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Pick & Prediction NOV 26TH 2021

Complete McCamish Pavilion Atlanta
821Eagles Georgia Southern
822Yellow Jackets Georgia Tech
OP
133.5
-12.5
CU
133.5o -108
-9 -110
ML
ML: 400
ML: -500
Partials
1 2
39 20 0 0
27 34 0 0
Score
59
61
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After missing a game with the flu, Georgia Tech star Michael Devoe is expected to return Friday for the Yellow Jackets when they host Georgia Southern in a nonconference game.

Devoe, who scored a career-high 37 points in a win against Georgia on Nov. 19, has emerged as one of the nation's best guards. He's averaging 22.8 points on 58.9 percent shooting from the field and a blistering 65 percent from 3-point range, to go along with 5.8 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game.

Yet, when he was out, the Yellow Jackets (4-1) didn't miss him too much as they rolled over Charleston Southern, 85-70. Jordan Usher had a career-high 24 points to go along with 10 rebounds, while Kyle Sturdivant had a career-high 17 points for the Yellow Jackets.

"We are going to deep clean the locker room and just try to get healthy, because we have a really tough game against Georgia Southern," Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner said. "We need to get healthy before Friday. As much as we need to practice, we need to get healthy."

Georgia Tech never trailed against the Buccaneers and led by as many as 17 points en route to a fourth straight win since a season-opening loss to Miami of Ohio.

Georgia Southern (4-1) is coming off its first loss of the season, a 70-52 setback at Wofford on Sunday in Spartanburg, S.C.

Andrei Savrasov managed 10 points as the only Eagle to score in double figures, though Prince Toyambi added nine points and a team-high six rebounds, and Elijah McCadden scored eight points off the bench.

Savrasov averages a team-high 13 points and six rebounds per game, while McCadden averages 9.3 points.

"Our team is becoming even more unselfish on both ends of the court," Georgia Southern coach Brian Burg told reporters. "They have bought into the identity of collectively getting stops on defense. They are executing the game plan and you can see the growth in maturity as well especially in the way they approach practice.

"We understand that it is a long season, and we are trying to get better every day."

--Field Level Media

Georgia Southern Eagles vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Recap NOV 26TH 2021

Michael Devoe scored 15 of his game-high 26 points in the second half as Georgia Tech held on for 61-59 victory over visiting Georgia Southern in a nonconference on Friday in Atlanta.

Devoe, who missed Monday's victory over Charleston Southern with the flu, was a game-time decision on Friday. But the standout guard who entered the contest averaging 22.8 points and five assists per game led the Yellow Jackets' second-half comeback from a 12-point halftime deficit.

After Devoe's free throw gave the Yellow Jackets (5-1) a 61-59 lead with seven seconds remaining, the Eagles' Elijah McCadden missed a 3-pointer with two seconds remaining and Jordan Usher secured the rebound for Georgia Tech.

Devoe finished the game 8-for-16 from the floor, including 5-for-9 from 3-point range, while Kyle Sturdivant had 11 points and five rebounds for the Yellow Jackets.

Georgia Tech, which also got 10 points and six rebounds from Rodney Howard, scored 28 points off 16 Eagle turnovers. Usher added nine points and a game-high 10 rebounds,

Georgia Tech shot 41.2 percent (21-for-51) from the field, including 7-for-20 (35 percent) from 3-point range, but it went just 12-for-24 from the free-throw line.

The Yellow Jackets made their final push after Georgia Southern (4-2) tied the game at 50 with 8:25 left. Devoe's 3-pointer on the ensuing possession sparked a 9-2 run that culminated with Devoe's two free throws with 3:20 left.

Trailing 39-27 at halftime, the Yellow Jackets opened the second half on a 16-3 run to take a 43-42 lead on Devoe's steal-and-layup with 13:15 remaining.

Cam Bryant and McCadden each had 14 points and seven rebounds for Georgia Southern, while Kamari Brown added 13 points and six rebounds.

The Eagles shot 42.1 percent (25-for-57) from the floor and 26.3 percent (5-for-19) from 3-point range. But the Eagles' undoing was at the free-throw line, where they went just 6-for-13.

Georgia Southern dominated the first half en route to a 39-27 lead.

Bryant and Brown each scored 11 points for the Eagles, who shot 55.2 percent (16-for-29) from the field and 40 percent (4-for-10) from beyond the arc.

Georgia Tech shot 34.6 percent (9-for-26) from the field and 40 percent (4-for-10 from 3-point range.

--Field Level Media

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