After a 19-point win against Houston, Georgia Tech beat South Carolina, 83-66, in the second round of the NIT on Monday. The Yellow Jackets (21-14) will face San Diego State in the NIT quarterfinals on Wednesday (25-9) at 9 p.m. ET.
Georgia Tech has won eight of its last 10 games overall, with the last two wins coming by a combined 36 points.
“We just played together,” Georgia Tech senior forward Charles Mitchell said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “Our seniors and our upperclassmen came out and played all-around team basketball and got the win. It was exciting to see. We knew we were going to win, but we didn’t know it was going to be that type of game.”
Georgia Tech dominated the Gamecocks on their home floor, leading 42-28 at halftime to stymy the crowd in Columbia.
“Just the will to win,” Mitchell said, explaining his team’s dominance. “Everybody wants to compete at the highest level. We got an opportunity to play in the postseason, and we just want to take full advantage of that, just try to come out and win every night and prove to everybody that Georgia Tech basketball belongs.”
All five Tech starters finished in double figures, including senior guards Adam Smith, who hit five three-pointers and scored a game-high 21 points, and Marcus Georges-Hunt, who scored 14 points to go with a game-high eight assists.
“When we’re that efficient every night where all five of our starters are scoring like that, I feel like we’re hard to beat,” said Mitchell, who had 12 points and seven rebounds. “It’s going to be hard to stop us.”
The Yellow Jackets will head out West for their matchup with San Diego State. If victorious, they play the winner of George Washington versus Florida in the NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden in New York.
“I’m trying to win out and finish my career on top,” Mitchell said. “That’s what our whole team is trying to do.”