Nov. 11, 2017
- Georgia Tech starting lineup: Gueye, Wright, Lammers, Alvarado, Alston
- First subs for Georgia Tech: Haywood for Alston at 15:01 – 1st half
- On the floor for Georgia Tech at the end: Alvarado, Gueye, Haywood II, Lammers, Moore
- Opening tap won by UCLA. Georgia Tech has won the opening tap in zero games this season.
- Series record vs. UCLA: Georgia Tech is 1-4 overall, 1-2 on neutral courts, 0-1 under Josh Pastner, 1-2 vs. Steve Alford
- Current series streak: UCLA won the last two meetings
- Georgia Tech is 0-0 at McCamish Pavilion this season, 60-30 in its sixth season in the building, 17-4 under Josh Pastner
- Georgia Tech’s next game: November 19, 2 p.m., vs. Bethune-Cookman, McCamish Pavilion
- Georgia Tech faced a team ranked in the preseason top 25 for its season opener for the first time since losing an 80-70 decision to No. 5 Michigan on Nov. 26, 1993 in the Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic in Springfield, Mass.
- Georgia Tech has not lost a season opener since the 2007-08 season (83-74 to UNC Greensboro).
- Georgia Tech started two freshmen in a season opener – point guard Jose Alvarado and forward Moses Wright – for the second straight year. Point guard Justin Moore and off-guard Josh Okogie were in the Jackets’ starting five for last year’s opener against Tennessee Tech.
- Tech trailed 35-32 at the half. The Yellow Jackets are 4-15 under Josh Pastner when trailing at the half.
- Tech fell to 4-17 when failing to score 70 points under Josh Pastner. The Yellow Jackets were 17-0 last season when scoring 70 or more.
- Tech held UCLA, which had scored 111 points in its exhibition game and was one of the nation’s highest scoring teams a year ago, 60 63 points, 28 in the second half. The Bruins shot 40.7 percent from the floor in the game, 36 percent in the second half. The Yellow Jackets were the nation’s sixth-best defensive team a year ago based on Ken Pomeroy’s defensive efficiency ranking.
- Tech had 12 assists to 11 turnovers in the game. The Jackets had more assists than turnovers 21 times last season and went 16-5 in those games.
- Tech was missing two of its top three returnees from last season – sophomore guard Josh Okogie and senior guard Tadric Jackson and, who were the Jackets’ No. 1 and No. 3 scorers in 2016-17.
- Pastner meter 1 (assists to made field goals): Tech assisted on 12 of 20 made field goals, meeting its goal of 60 percent. The Jackets finished last season at 62.7 percent (63.2 percent rate in ACC games).
- Pastner meter 2 (free throws made to opponents’ attempts): Tech made 16-of-20 free throws to UCLA’s 14-of-21 (goal of making more than opponent tries not accomplished).
- Pastner meter 3 (guard rebounding): Tech’s guards combined for 10 of Tech’s 24 defensive rebounds, six of those by Jose Alvarado.
- Ben Lammers scored a game-high 24 points, missing by one point his career high of 25 against Clemson last Feb. 1. The 6-10 senior scored 18 of his points in the first half, hitting all eight of his shots from the floor. He finished 11-of-18. It was his 32nd double-figure scoring game since the beginning of last season.
- Lammers, one of 20 centers on the preseason watch list for the Kareem Abdul Jabbar Award, also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds, posting his 17th double-double since the beginning of last season. It was his 18th career game with 10 or more boards.
- Lammers played 38 minutes, continuing his trend from last season, when he averaged 35.2 minutes per game (36.6 in ACC games) and played 40 minutes five times.
- In his college debut, point guard Jose Alvarado scored 12 points with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and no turnovers in 28 minutes. He went 4-for-8 from the floor, 2-for-5 from three-point range, including a three with 19.9 seconds left that brought the Jackets within 62-60.
- Alvarado and Justin Moore combined for six assists and no turnovers in 51 minutes.
- Junior forward Abdoulaye Gueye blocked a career-best four shots and grabbed six rebounds in 32 minutes (one off his career high).
- Junior guard Brandon Alston, a graduate transfer from Lehigh, started and was Tech’s third player in double figures with 10 points. He went 6-for-8 from the foul line. It was his 15th career double-digit scoring game.