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February 27, 2013

Georgia Tech leaning on freshmen for scoring lead

ATLANTA — Brian Gregory believes his commitment to three freshmen starters will pay off for Georgia Tech in the future.

It hasn't been easy for Georgia Tech to win this year as the only Atlantic Coast Conference team with a freshman as its top scorer.

The Yellow Jackets' two leading scorers are freshmen Marcus Georges-Hunt and Robert Carter Jr. Chris Bolden, a strong 3-point shooter, is the third freshman starter.

Georgia Tech (14-12, 4-10 ACC), which plays Maryland on Wednesday night, has lost two straight. A quick turnaround is needed for the Yellow Jackets to manage a winning record in Gregory's second season as coach.

"It has been a little bit of a challenge because something all freshmen do is have some inconsistency," Gregory said Monday. "We're not only asking them to play 32 minutes a game, but we're asking them to be consistent and sustain over 32 minutes a very high level of performance, and sometimes that's a challenge for younger guys."

Georgia Tech hasn't had two freshmen lead the team in scoring since Javaris Crittenton and Thaddeus Young in 2006-07.

Georges-Hunt, a shooting guard, is averaging 10.7 points per game. He had a slow start to the ACC schedule but has scored in double figures in the last five games.

Carter, a 6-foot-8 forward, is big enough to score near the basket. He's also a strong 3-point shooter and is averaging 9.8 points. He is 11th in the ACC with 6.8 rebounds per game.

Carter has started every game, playing ahead of junior Kammeon Holsey, whose average of 9.3 points per game is third on the team.

"I feel like we'll be a pretty good team in the future," Carter said. "I know we've got to work on some things. We want to finish well and hopefully do well in the ACC tournament, but we feel like down the line we should be a pretty good team."

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