Post-Game Notes: Georgia Tech 88, Lamar 69

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES

  • Georgia Tech starting lineup: Alvarado, Haywood II, Phillips, Cole, Gueye
  • First subs for Georgia Tech: Alston for Haywood II, 14:08-1st half
  • On the floor for Georgia Tech at the end: Alston, Alvarado, Devoe, Haywood II, Wright
  • Opening tap won by Lamar: Georgia Tech won the opening tap 13 times in 32 games last season
  • Series record vs. Lamar: Georgia Tech is 1-0 overall, 1-0 at home, 1-0 under Josh Pastner, 1-0 vs. Tic Price
  • Current series streak: Georgia Tech won the last meeting
  • Georgia Tech is 1-0 at McCamish Pavilion this season, 73-37 in its sixth season in the building, 30-11 under Josh Pastner
  • Georgia Tech is 0-0 on the road this season, 0-0 away from McCamish Pavilion
  • Georgia Tech’s next game: Tuesday, Nov. 13 (9 p.m.) at #6 Tennessee [ESPN2]

 

TEAM NOTES

  • Georgia Tech’s 88 points were the most for the Yellow Jackets against a Division I team since defeating NC State, 90-83, on Jan. 27, 2016 in Raleigh (Tech scored 96 against Division II Tusculum two years ago).
  • Georgia Tech made 12 three-point field goals against Lamar, the most for the Yellow Jackets under Josh Pastner. The Yellow Jackets’ previous high for threes in a game under Josh Pastner was 10 last year against Grambling State (27 attempts), and against NC State and Tusculum in 2016-17. The last time Tech made 12 or more threes in a game was Jan. 2, 2011 (13-of-31 vs. Charlotte).
  • Tech’s 30 attempted threes was a high for the Yellow Jackets under Josh Pastner (previous high – 27 vs. Grambling State and Duke last season). Tech had not attempted 30 or more threes in a game since the 2010-11 season (31 vs. Florida State on Feb. 10, 2011, and vs. Charlotte on Jan. 2, 2011).
  • Tech hit 40 percent of its three-point attempts against Lamar, a mark the Jackets hit eight times in 32 games last season. But Tech hit only 31.8 percent for the season.
  • Tech led Lamar 44-22 at the half, more points than it scored in any first half last season (40 vs. Wright State and Pittsburgh) and a larger lead than it held at the half in any game (35-22 vs. Florida A&M) last season.
  • Tech scored more than 44 points in only three halves of basketball in 2017-18, and seven halves under Josh Pastner. Tech has held a larger halftime lead only twice under Josh Pastner (vs. Florida State, 41-15, and Tusculum, 58-31, both in 2016-17).
  • Tech’s 26 assists were its most since recording 27 against Winston-Salem State on Jan. 3, 2007.
  • Tech took 10 steals and blocked eight shots against Lamar. The Yellow Jackets averaged 6.9 steals and 5.3 blocked shots per game last season.
  • Tech received 41 points from its bench, including a team- and game-high 17 points from Brandon Alston.
  • Tech finished the game at 50.8 percent from the floor (64.3 percent in the second half). The Jackets hit 50 percent from the floor six times last season (2-4 record) and had done so 11 times in the first two seasons (7-4 record) under Pastner.

 

PASTNER’S KEY METRICS

  • Assists to made field goals: Tech assisted on 26 of 32 made field goals (81.3 percent) against Lamar, surpassing its nightly goal of 60 percent. The Jackets assisted on 54.3 percent of their made field goals last season (53.9 percent vs. the ACC), after finishing the 2016-17 season at 62.7 percent (63.2 percent rate in ACC games).
  • Free throws made to opponents’ attempts: Tech connected on 12-of-21 free throw attempts to Lamar’s 18-of-33 (nightly goal of making more than opponent tries not accomplished). Tech is 30-10 under Josh Pastner when attempting more free throws than the opponent.
  • Turnovers: Tech committed 12.8 turnovers per game last season, down from the 2016-17 season (13.4), and 12.7 in ACC games, down from 13.3 in 2016-17. Pastner’s threshold to win is nine or fewer, which the Jackets accomplished six times last season, four times in conference play.
  • Guard rebounding: Tech’s guards combined for seven of Tech’s 26 defensive rebounds against Lamar. Brandon Alston and Curtis Haywood had zero.

 

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

  • Sylvester Ogbonda established career highs in rebounds (9), assists (4) and minutes played (23) against Lamar, and fell one point shy (7) of his career high of eight. The fourth-year junior surpassed his previous career high in rebounds (5 vs. Tusculum on 2/7/17) with seven in the first half.
  • Ogbonda’s 23 minutes were two more than he played all of last season in nine games. His previous career high in minutes was 14 against Wake Forest and Tusculum in 2017.
  • Curtis Haywood II reached double figures in points for the fifth time in his career (16 games), scoring 13 points with three threes, four assists and no turnovers in 26 minutes.
  • Brandon Alston reached double figures for the seventh time in a Georgia Tech uniform, 17th time in his career, with his team-high 17 points.
  • Alston’s four three-point field goals (in five attempts) were a career-best. Alston previously had made three threes on four occasions (including vs. Grambling State last season for Tech).
  • Shembari Phillips reached double figures in his first Georgia Tech game and for the 15th time in his career, scoring 10 points with four assists, four rebounds and three steals.
  • Jose Alvarado reached double figures for the 17th time in his career, scoring 14 points with a team-high five assists.
  • Abdoulaye Gueye matched his career high for blocked shots with five (also had five vs. Syracuse last Jan. 31).

 

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