The Thunderbirds were held to season lows in points, field goal percentage and rebounding, but held the lead late in the first half and trailed by just eight points at the break after the Yellow Jackets closed the period on an 8-0 run.
SUU battled back from an early 14-6 deficit to take a 17-16 advantage on a jumper from Marquelle Funk halfway through the opening period, and went ahead 27-25 after Carli Moreland knocked down a pair of free throws late in the half. Georgia Tech got six points from senior guard Tyaunna Marshall in the last three minutes however and went into the locker room up by a count of 35-27.
The Jackets upped their advantage to 13 early in the second before scores from Lori Parkinson and Andrea Jones had the Thunderbirds back within seven as they trailed 42-35 four minutes into the period.
Georgia Tech responded by outscoring SUU 22-9 over the next seven minutes to pull ahead 64-44. The lead grew to 85-55 with 1:21 remaining before the T-Birds put up the last five points of the game to set the final tally at 85-60.
Marshall led Georgia Tech with a game-high 21 points and 10 rebounds while freshman Kaela Davis scored another 19 for the Jackets. Southern Utah got 13 points from Jones on 4-9 shooting and Moreland finished with 10 points to go along with six rebounds. SUU shot 31.5 percent from the field and 18.8 percent from 3-point territory, but was 23-29 at the foul line. The Yellow Jackets outrebounded the T-Birds by a count of 51-27 and shot over 46 percent from the floor.
The loss sends the Thunderbirds to a consolation game appearance against host team LIU Brooklyn on Saturday, which dropped a 71-57 decision to McNeese State. SUU and the Blackbirds will tip things off at 12:00 p.m. (MT) with the championship following at 2:30. Coverage of Southern Utah basketball is available online at www.suutbirds.com.