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Post-Game Notes

Feb. 28, 2015

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MISCELLANEOUS NOTES

• Opening tip: won by Georgia Tech (Jackets have won 17 of 29 opening tips this season)

• First subs for Georgia Tech: Heath, Mitchell, Stephens for Jorgenson, Sampson, Jackson at 16:31 in the first half

• On the floor for Georgia Tech at the end:  Cox, Georges-Hunt, Heath, Jorgenson, Sampson

• Series record vs. Clemson:  Tech is 60-67 overall, 16-42 on the road, 8-35 at Littlejohn Coliseum, 32-44 as ACC members, 1-8 under Brian Gregory, 1-10 vs. Brad Brownell

• Current series streak: Clemson has won 11 of the last 12 meetings.

• Georgia Tech is 2-9 on the road this season, 13-32 under Brian Gregory

• Georgia Tech’s next game:  North Carolina, March 3, 7 p.m., McCamish Pavilion, Atlanta, Ga. [ESPNU, 680 AM, 93.7 FM, Sirius 134, XM 193]

 

TEAM NOTES

• This was Georgia Tech’s third overtime game this season – all in conference play and all losses. The Yellow Jackets have dropped 12 of their last 13 overtime affairs dating back to an 82-76 win at Mercer on Nov. 22, 2008.

• Twelve of Georgia Tech’s conference defeats have come by a total of 46 points (3.8 points per game), three of those in overtime. Tech has lost three times by one point, twice by two points, once by three, once by four, once by five, once by six and three times by seven. The seven-point loss at Notre Dame was a double-overtime defeat, and the seven-point loss at Clemson went one overtime. Ten of those defeats have been one- or two-possession games at the 1-minute mark.

• Tech trailed by as many as 23 points (30-7) at the 4:59 mark of the first half, and trailed by 16 as late as 7:05 remaining in the second half before finishing regulation with a 22-6 run to tie the game and send it into overtime.

• Tech did not score its first field goal in the game until 6:05 remained in the first half, when Marcus Georges-Hunt hit a three. Then the Yellow Jackets put together a 44-point second half, a figure they have matched or exceeded only once this season (46 in the second half vs. IPFW). From the 6:04 mark through the end of regulation, approximately 26 minutes, Tech scored 56 points, which translates into a rate of 86 points per 40 minutes.

• Tech shot 55 percent in the second half, but only 33.3 percent for the game, the third time in five games and the eighth time in conference play that the Jackets have shot under 40 percent.

• Clemson shot 51.2 percent for the game, exceeding 50 percent in each half and in overtime. The Tigers were the fourth opponent to shoot 50 percent or better against the Jackets this season.

• Tech out-rebounded Clemson 39-33, and has outrebounded all but six opponents this season (five ACC teams plus a tie against Northwestern). The Jackets entered the Clemson game 15th in the nation in rebound margin, and remain on a school-record pace for rebound margin at +7.2 per game, +4.8 per game in conference play.

• Twenty-one of Tech’s 39 rebounds came on the offensive glass, but the Yellow Jackets converted them into only 15 points. Tech ranks 12th in the nation in offensive rebounds per game.

• Tech forced 18 turnovers and turned them into 21 points. The Yellow Jackets have forced an average of 14 turnovers over their last six games and have averaged 15.7 points per game off those turnovers.

• Tech had 10 assists on 21 made field goals and has had 66 assists on 113 made field goals (58.4 percent) in its last five games.

• Tech had only two fast-break points in the game. The Jackets had averaged 14 fast-break points over their previous eight games.

• Tech’s three primary big men (Cox, Mitchell, Sampson) scored 13 of Tech’s 63 points (5-of-19 FG), and Tech was out-scored in the paint, 28-22.

• Tech went 15-for-25 from the free throw line, and the 25 attempts were its most against an ACC team this season and the most in any game dating back to Dec. 15 against Appalachian State. The Jackets are 73-for-130 (56.2 pct.) in the last eight games.

• Clemson went 4-for-12 from three-point range (3-for-7 in the first half). Tech has yielded 53 threes in 231 attempts (22.9 pct.) in its wins this season, 105 threes in 271 attempts (38.7 pct.) in its losses.

• Tech used the same starting lineup for the fourth straight game – Travis Jorgenson and Tadric Jackson at the guards, Demarco Cox at center, Marcus Georges-Hunt and Robert Sampson at the forwards. Freshman Jackson made his fourth collegiate start for Tech in place of Chris Bolden, who has been suspended for the remainder of the regular season.

• This is the eighth different lineup head coach Brian Gregory has utilized this season. Only Georges-Hunt has started all 29 games for Tech this season, and 10 different players have started at least one game.

• Tech utilized 10 players against Louisville, and eight of them scored. Brian Gregory has used at least nine players in every game this season, at least 10 in 10 games.

• All three of Tech’s ACC wins have come by double digits and an average margin of victory of 15 points. The 11-point margin over Clemson was the smallest of the three wins. The Jackets led by as many as 18 points with 4:56 left in the game.

 

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

Marcus Georges-Hunt had one of his most complete games of the year, scoring 20 points with nine rebounds, six assists, three steals and just one turnover in 41 minutes. His nine rebounds matched a season high, and his six assists matched a career high. Two of his steals came in the final 1:21 of regulation when Tech put on a full-court press, and he scored after each one.

• Georges-Hunt scored in double digits for the 11th straight game, the longest such stretch of his career, 23rd time this season, 63rd time in his career and 32nd time in an ACC game. Georges-Hunt had never previously scored in double figures more than five straight games (five times, twice this season).

• In his last 11 games, Georges-Hunt has averaged 16.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists. He has shot 52.3 percent from the floor (57-for-109), 46.2 percent on threes (12-for-26) and 72.9 percent from the free throw line (35-for-48).

• Georges-Hunt scored 20 points or more for the sixth time since Dec. 30. Five of those have come in ACC games.

Tadric Jackson was Tech’s only other double-figure scorer against Clemson with 12 points, his fifth double-digit game this season and second against a conference team. Jackson has averaged 8.5 points and hit 13-of-39 shots from the floor (33.3 percent) in his four starts. He has averaged 27 minutes on those starts.

Robert Sampson set a career high in a Tech uniform by grabbing 13 rebounds against Clemson, six of them on the offensive end. It was his second double-digit rebound game of the season, the first coming in the first meeting against the Tigers on Feb. 16 (10 rebounds).

Travis Jorgenson and Josh Heath combined for 13 points (4-11 FG) in the Clemson game. They have combined to average 9.9 points and shoot 39.8 percent from the floor over Tech’s last 10 games.

 

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