Alston, Moore help Georgia Tech rout Florida A&M

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Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018
ATLANTA (AP) -- Brandon Alston scored 15 points, freshman reserve Khalid Moore added a career-high 14 on a perfect shooting afternoon, and Georgia Tech's defense clamped down on Florida A&M on Sunday as the Yellow Jackets dominated the Rattlers 73-40.
Moore entered the game with 16 total points in six games, and scored more than half that in the first half while making all five of his shots for 10 points as Tech (5-3) took a 36-13 lead.
Rod Melton Jr. paced Florida State A&M (3-8) with nine points, but the Rattlers had a hard time getting off clean shots. They made just 34.8 percent (16 of 46) against a Tech defense that entered No. 6 in the nation in field-goal defense (36.3 percent allowed).
Florida A&M also turned the ball over 25 times, and Tech converted those miscues into 31 points. The Jackets are now 8-0 all-time against the Rattlers.
Moore warmed up in the middle of the first half, when the forward scored 10 straight Tech points, including back-to-back 3-pointers - his first of the season - to start the streak.
His last basket in that run, a 12-foot jumper, was the first of a 13-0 run that the Jackets used to close the half for a 23-point lead.
The Rattlers missed their final eight shots of the half, and paid a price for sloppy ball-handling as Georgia Tech converted 13 Florida A&M turnovers into 19 points before intermission. Other than reserve guard Kamron Reaves, who scored six points on 3-for-4 shooting, the rest of the Rattlers were just 3 for 17 in the half.
Florida A&M: The Rattlers couldn't get the long ball going. They entered the game making 6.6 3-point shots, but didn't hit one Saturday until junior guard Justin Ravenel, a native of the Atlanta suburb of Lithonia, hit one with 13:23 left in the game for his only points. The Rattlers finished 2 of 11 from beyond the arc.
Georgia Tech: The Jackets were balanced, and junior center James Banks III turned in a solid game in his second start with six points, four rebounds, five assists, four blocks and a steal.
Florida A&M: The Rattlers' next six games will also be on the road, beginning Dec. 17 at Utah.
Georgia Tech: The Jackets will be off for more than a week before playing host to Gardner-Webb on Dec. 17.