ATLANTA -- For Mount St. Mary's, the problems were the same, but this time the competition much different.
Georgia Tech, ranked 14th in the country, opened up a big lead early and then staved off a second-half Mount rally for a 79-62 victory last night.
In each of its first four games, the Mountaineers have struggled offensively in the first half, but were able to stay close with a strong defensive effort and managed to win three.
The Yellow Jackets, winners of seven in a row after a season-opening loss to Michigan, were too big and too quick for the Mountaineers.
The hosts used their superior size in building a 42-22 halftime lead. Starting center Ivano Newbill scored seven of the team's first 11 points, and his backup, Eddie Elisma, contributed eight of his 11 points in the opening 14 minutes.
Meanwhile, Mount St. Mary's only offense for the first 15 minutes was sophomore Riley Inge. The 6-foot-4 guard had nine of the team's first 12 points before suffering leg cramps late in the half.
"I think we may have been a little stage-struck," said Mount coach Jim Phelan.
Georgia Tech extended its lead to 55-29 when point guard Travis Best hit a three-pointer with 16:25 left.
Phelan then turned to his more experienced front-court players and brought in junior Matt Meakin and senior Chad Stull.
Stull was an immediate presence on the defensive end, and Meakin scored seven to ignite a 20-5 Mount run to cut the deficit to 60-49 with 7:52 left.