Marquette beats Georgia Tech for third place in Fort Meyer’s tip-off game

That was more of what head coach Shaka Smart would like to see from his Marquette men’s basketball team.

Balanced rating. Better shot selection. opportunistic defense.

The Golden Eagles looked sharp from the jump ball and drove to an 84-60 win over Georgia Tech in Wednesday’s third-place game of the Fort Myers Tip-Off at the Suncoast Credit Union Arena.

After MU (4-2) struggled against Mississippi State’s strong defense in the tournament’s opener, things looked much smoother and more efficient against Georgia Tech (3-2).

“I liked the way our boys reacted,” Smart told broadcasters Steve “The Homer” True and Tony Smith on ESPN Milwaukee’s post-game radio show. “That was our theme for the game.

“At the end of the day, four, five, six guys were crying in the locker room because they were so upset about losing Mississippi. The reality is, when you’re in a tournament, you need to turn the page quickly. “

Box Score: Marquette 84, Georgia Tech 60

Kam Jones leads an equal goal for Marquette

The Golden Eagles opened the game on a 14-2 run, with Kam Jones downing two three-pointers.