Jan. 7, 2015
• Opening tip: won by Georgia Tech (Jackets have won 10 of 14 opening tips this season)
• First subs for Georgia Tech: Sampson, Heath and Stephens for Mitchell, Jorgenson and Bolden at 16:06 in the first half
• On the floor for Georgia Tech at the end: Bolden, Georges-Hunt, Jorgenson, Stephens, Mitchell
• Series record vs. Syracuse: 3-3 overall; 1-1 at Syracuse; Neutral 1-1; 1-1 at home
• Current series streak: Syracuse (1)
• Georgia Tech is now 6-2 at McCamish Pavilion this season and 34-23 at home under coach Brian Gregory
• Georgia Tech’s next game: at Wake Forest, Jan. 10, 12 p.m. (ACC Network/ESPN3)
• Tonight’s win for Syracuse was its first appearance on the campus of Georgia Tech. While Tech has one victory of the Orange at home, that game as played at Philips Arena.
• The two teams volleyed all night long with 14 lead changes and nine ties. Georgia Tech held the longest lead of the game by four at the 14:29 mark of the first half. Overall, Tech led the game for 18:17 minutes while Syracuse 14:03 and it was tied for 7:17.
• Tech is now 4-3 vs. teams ranked in the top 100 of the RPI this season.
• Syracuse’s 46 points is the second fewest points Georgia Tech has allowed to an ACC opponent under Brian Gregory (45 to Clemson, also in a loss, last Feb. 4 is the fewest).
• Tech’s field goal percentage (26.3) is the lowest in a game under coach Gregory. Previous low was 29.3 against Virginia on Jan. 19, 2012.
• Syracuse needed a buzzer-beating jumper by Rakeem Christmas to take a 28-27 lead into half time. Tech is now 1-2 when trailing at the half and 12-36 under coach Gregory.
• Tech’s starting lineup for the last two games has been Marcus Georges-Hunt and Charles Mitchell at forward, Demarco Cox at center, Chris Bolden and Travis Jorgenson at guard. Only Marcus Georges-Hunt and Charles Mitchell have started all 14 games for Tech this season.
• Tech out-rebounded Syracuse 43-33, and has won the boards in 13 of 14 games this season (tied Northwestern). But Tech fell to 8-5 when out-rebounding the opponent this season and 44-30 when doing so under Brian Gregory. The Jackets rank fourth in the nation in rebound margin.
• Tech had 19 offensive rebounds and ranks 17th nationally in offensive rebounds per game. But the Jackets converted those into only nine points. Syracuse scored 10 points off its 11 offensive boards. Tech has scored just 52 points on 74 offensive rebounds in its five losses this season, 130 points on 130 offensive boards in its wins.
• Georgia Tech held Syracuse to 34.6 percent from the field Wednesday night. The Orange had been averaging 45.4 percent from the field.
• Tech went 12-15 from the free throw line (80 pct.) and is 37-for-44 in its last three games, 44-for-54 in its last four and 53-for-67 in its last five. However, the Jackets have attempted just 17 free throws per game over that span, compared to 23 per game over its first nine games.
• Tech lost for the first time this season (7-1 record) when attempting more free throws than its opponent. Under Brian Gregory, Tech is 36-14 when attempting more free throws.
• Tech has yielded 36 threes in 164 attempts (22 pct.) in its nine wins this season, 37 threes in 94 attempts (39.4 pct.) in its five losses this season.
• Tech used 10 players on the roster tonight with eight scoring, one in double-figures. Brian Gregory has used at least nine players in every game this season, at least 10 in seven games.
• Tech trailed 42-41 at the 5-minute mark of the second half for the fifth time this season and is 1-4 in those games. Tech is 7-48 when trailing at the 5-minute mark of the second half under Brian Gregory.
• Tech has averaged 12.6 assists over its last eight games, only 10.6 per game in its first six games.
• Tech committed 12 fouls, its fewest of the season.
• Tech was 7-for-18 combined on three-point field goals in consecutive wins against Rhode Island and Northwestern. Since then, in seven games, the Jackets are 24-for-130 (15.6 pct.).
• Tech has lost its first two ACC games for the third straight year.
• Charles Mitchell scored 17 points with 11 rebounds for his fifth double-double this season, and the 10th of his career. He has 23 career double-digit scoring games (seven this season), 17 double-digit rebound games.
• Marcus Georges-Hunt went 4-for-5 from the free throw line and has made his last 23 of his last 24 attempts over Tech’s last five games.
• Georges-Hunt surpassed 800 career points against Syracuse. He scored nine points and failed to reach double figures for just the fourth time this season, breaking a streak if five straight games in double digits.
• Georges-Hunt also corralled six rebounds and has 29 in his last four games (7.3 pg).
• Starting point guard Travis Jorgenson had four assists and three turnovers and two seals, continuing an impressive run. He has 28 assists and just eight turnoversin his last six games, 34 and 11 over his last eight games, and 43 and 19 for the season. Point guard teammate Josh Heath has 45 assists and 22 turnovers for the season.
• Jorgenson made his 12th start of the season at point guard and played 23 minutes. He has averaged 24.8 minutes in Tech’s last six games after averaging 17.4 over his first seven games as Tech coaches have limited his minutes after missing last season with knee surgery. He missed the Alabama A&M game and played just 17 minutes off the bench against IPFW after experiencing soreness in the knee.