Josh Pastner preaches energy as Georgia Tech prepares for Lamar

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Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner hopes the energy his team showed on Friday will be there again on Monday when the Yellow Jackets host Lamar University in Atlanta.

Georgia Tech (1-1) bounced back from an opening-night loss to Miami (Ohio) to dominate Stetson 77-52 on Friday. Lamar (1-1) lost to the Redhawks 104-75 on Saturday.

"It's all about energy," Pastner said. "(Against Stetson) our energy was great and when we play with great energy, we're a good basketball team."

Georgia Tech's Jordan Usher had his second career double-double with 14 points and a career-high 11 rebounds in the win.

"Jordan was so energized and that makes a world of difference," Pastner said.

Tech regained its outside touch against Stetson. After making only 4 of 17 in the opening loss to Miami, the Yellow Jackets were 9-for-19, with four different players scoring from distance and freshman Deebo Coleman knocking down four.

"I do like this team. We're only going to get better," Pastner said. "A lot of guys just need experience, they need time. There could be some peaks and valleys this year, but we need to be hitting on all cylinders when we get to ACC play."

Lamar is in its first season under coach Alvin Brooks, who led the team to the 1980 NCAA Sweet 16 as a player and is a member of the school's Hall of Fame. Brooks had a successful run as head coach and associate head coach at Houston before returning to Lamar this season. The Cardinals beat Wiley College 67-50 in the opener, but were outmanned by Miami.

Lamar, picked to finish 10th in its first season as a member of the Western Athletic Conference, has six returning letter winners and 10 new faces. Transfer Jordyn Adams (12.5 points) and Kasen Harrison (12 points, 6.5 rebounds) have been the team's early leaders.

"Year one in a rebuild is not always great, but I've been part of some programs where year one was good," Brooks said. "I think we have the makings here to create a lot of excitement."

--Field Level Media