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Men's Hoops Falls at Georgia Tech in NIT First Round

ATLANTA - University of Houston senior forward Devonta Pollard totaled 21 points in the final game of his collegiate career as the Cougars dropped an 81-62 decision to Georgia Tech on Wednesday night inside McCamish Pavilion in the NIT First Round.

Leading the Cougars to the first NIT appearance in 10 years, Pollard led all players with his point total on 10-of-17 shooting from the field. The Porterville, Miss., native also grabbed three rebounds while dishing out three assists in the loss.

With the loss, the Cougars ended the 2015-16 season with a 22-10 record under Head Coach Kelvin Sampson. The 2015-16 team became only the 15th in school history with 22+ wins in a single-season and enjoyed a 9-game improvement from 2013-14, tying for 12th nationally.

Hitting 50 percent of its shots in the first half, Georgia Tech jumped out to a 41-32 halftime lead. After falling behind 31-22, the Cougars rallied to within 31-28 when sophomore guard Rob Gray, Jr., sank a layup with 4:23 remaining.

Unfortunately, the Yellow Jackets closed out the opening half on a 10-4 run for their halftime advantage.

In the second half, Georgia Tech scored the first six points for a 15-point lead and never led by fewer than 13 points the rest of the way.

Junior guard Damyean Dotson posted 14 points with a game-high six rebounds and added two steals, while junior guard Ronnie Johnson came off the bench to score 10 points with a pair of assists.

Georgia Tech guard Adam Smith recorded 20 points with three 3-pointers and four assists to lead the Yellow Jackets. Marcus Georges-Hunt added 19 points with four rebounds and five assists, while Charles Mitchell finished with 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds.


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