Post-Game Notes: Duke 80, Georgia Tech 71

Feb. 3, 2016

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MISCELLANEOUS NOTES
• Georgia Tech starting lineup: Georges-Hunt, Heath, Smith, Jacobs, White
• First subs for Georgia Tech: Stephens for Georges-Hunt at the 16:39 mark of the first half
• On the floor for Georgia Tech at the end: Georges-Hunt, Jackson, Jacobs, Smith, Stephens
• Opening tap won by Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech has won the opening tap 14 times in 22 games this season, including the last eight straight.
• Series record vs. Duke: Georgia Tech is 23-70 overall, 15-27 at home, 0-2 at McCamish Pavilion, 0-6 under Brian Gregory, 19-59 vs. Mike Krzyzewski
• Current series streak: Duke has won the last nine meetings
• Georgia Tech is 9-4 at McCamish Pavilion this season, 38-25 in its fourth season in the building, 38-25 under Brian Gregory
• Georgia Tech’s next game: February 7, 2016, vs. #17/15 Miami, 1 p.m. ET [ESPNU], McCamish Pavilion, Atlanta, Ga.

TEAM NOTES
• The last time Georgia Tech faced a Duke team without Mike Krzyzewski on the bench was Jan. 7, 1995. Tech won the game 75-68 at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.
• For the third straight game, Georgia Tech’s starting lineup was Josh Heath, Marcus Georges-Hunt and Adam Smith at the guards, Nick Jacobs and James White at the forwards. Marcus Georges-Hunt and Adam Smith are the only Jackets to start every game this season.
• Tech led at the half for the sixth time in nine ACC games this season (40-36), and for the 16th time this season. The Yellow Jackets are 10-6 when leading at the half, 2-4 in ACC games.
• Tech attempted 73 shots from the floor, more than in any game this season except Cornell (78) and Green Bay (75) and made more than 30 for the seventh time this season, but were outscored from behind the three-point line 33-6 and from the free throw line 13-7.
• Tech matched its poorest performance from behind the arc this season (2-for-19, same as game 2 vs. Tennessee). The Jackets were 0-for-11 in the second half and shot 31 percent from the floor overall after intermission. Tech is 25-for-98 (25.5 pct.) over its last seven games.
• Conversely, Duke’s 11-for-23 performance from three-point distance was the best, percentage-wise, by a Tech opponent this season. Only Cornell (13) made more threes.
• Tech committed only six turnovers, the eighth time in the last 12 games the Yellow Jackets have committed fewer than 10. Tech ranks fourth in the ACC and 13th nationally at 10.1 per game (9.3 in conference games). Nationally, the Jackets have improved from 195th in the nation last year.
• Tech and Syracuse each committed 12 turnovers in the game, but the Orange converted the Jackets’ 12 into 16 points, while Tech scored only seven off Syracuse’s miscues.
• Tech was out-rebounded 39-38 for the game, 26-19 in the second half. The Yellow Jackets have out-rebounded 17 of their 22 opponents, with two ties, this season; and six of nine ACC foes. Tech remains fourth in the ACC and is 22nd in the nation in rebound margin (+7.6 per game, +3.7 in ACC games).
• Tech had 16 assists against six turnovers, the 16th time this season and eighth time in nine ACC games the Yellow Jackets were on the plus side. The Jackets are 38th nationally in that category (+1.4 per game both in ACC games and in all games) after finishing the 2014-15 season 244th.
• Tech assisted on 16 of its 31 field goals and has assisted on 51.9 percent of its field goals this season, 50.4 percent in ACC games.
• Tech took 14 offensive rebounds but cashed them in for only seven second-chance points. The Jackets are fourth in the ACC and 27th nationally in offensive rebounds per game (13.8).
• Tech out-scored Duke in the paint, 46-30, the Yellow Jackets’ third-most points in the paint this season (64 vs. Cornell, 52 vs. Georgia Tech).
• Tech was out-scored at the free throw line for the eighth time in nine ACC games (13-7, 7-5 in the second half). Tech won the free throw battle for the only time in ACC play at NC State, hitting 29-of-34 from the line compared to 19-of-24 for NC State. In Tech’s other eight ACC games, the Jackets have been out-scored from the line, 159-91, 116-43 in the second half of those games.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES
Nick Jacobs logged his seventh straight double-digit game, scoring 17 points while hitting 8-of-14 shots from the floor. The red-shirt senior hit 6 of his first 7 shots from the floor and had 12 points at the half. Jacobs has averaged 15.4 points (45-for-85 from the floor) and 6.8 rebounds over that stretch. In ACC games, he has averaged 13.6 points and 7.0 rebounds, and hit an even 50 percent from the floor, 81.8 percent from the free throw line.
Adam Smith scored 17 points in the game, reaching double digits for the 12th time in the last 13 games and for the 18th time this season. He is averaging 16.4 points in ACC games, 14.5 overall this season.
Marcus Georges-Hunt set a new career high for assists (7), eclipsing the six he had set five times before. He committed just one turnover.
Josh Heath and Travis Jorgenson combined for six assists and no turnovers.
Tadric Jackson scored a season-high 15 points; he reached double figures for the third time this season and for the first time since scoring 14 at Georgia on Dec. 19.
• Smith hit just one three in six attempts, and has hit just 25.9 percent (7-for-27) at home in ACC games compared to 47.2 percent (25-of-53) of his three-point tries in Tech’s four ACC road games. He had hit 41.9 percent from behind the arc this season, 40 percent in ACC games.
• Smith leads the ACC in three-pointers per game (3.55 in ACC games, 3.18 in all games).
• Smith has made at least one in every game this season and in his last 24 straight games dating back to last season. He has made at least three treys in 15 games. He has made at least one in 91 of 100 games in his career for a total of 234. His career total would rank sixth all-time Georgia Tech had he played his entire career here.
• In 22 games, Smith has made more three-pointers (70) than Tech’s leader in each of the last six seasons. They are the most since Lewis Clinch accumulated 71 (in 31 games) in the 2008-09 season.
• Georges-Hunt scored 10 points and reached double figures for the 17th time in 22 games this season, 80th time in 116 career games.
• Georges-Hunt went 3-for-4 from the free throw line and is 37-of-41 over his last seven games. He had made 25 in a row during that stretch before missing his final try against Syracuse. He has connected on 84.5 percent of his tries in ACC games, 82.6 percent for the season.

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