Feb. 7, 2016
– MISCELLANEOUS NOTES
Georgia Tech starting lineup: Georges-Hunt, Heath, Smith, Jacobs, Mitchell
First subs for Georgia Tech: Jackson and Lammers for Heath and Mitchell at the 14:53 mark of the first half
On the floor for Georgia Tech at the end: Georges-Hunt, Jackson, Mitchell, Smith, Stephens
Opening tap won by Miami. Georgia Tech has won the opening tap 14 times in 23 games this season.
Series record vs. Miami: Georgia Tech is 8-12 overall, 4-6 at home, 0-3 at McCamish Pavilion, 2-5 under Brian Gregory, 2-5 vs. Jim Larranaga
Current series streak: Miami won the last meeting.
Georgia Tech is 9-5 at McCamish Pavilion this season, 38-26 in its fourth season in the building, 38-26 under Brian Gregory
Georgia Tech’s next game: February 10, 2016, vs. Wake Forest, 7 p.m. ET [RSN], McCamish Pavilion, Atlanta, Ga.
Charles Mitchell replaced James White in the Georgia Tech starting lineup and made his first start since Jan. 23 vs. Louisville. In doing so, the Yellow Jackets circled back to their original starting five to begin the season. Tech used that starting five for the first 10 games of the season and 13 of the first 15 games, and is 8-6 with that unit.
Marcus Georges-Hunt and Adam Smith are the only Yellow Jackets to start every game this season. Tech trailed at the half for the fourth time in 10 ACC games this season (33-32), and for the fifth time this season. The Yellow Jackets are 1-3 when trailing at the half.
Tech followed its poorest performance from three-point range (2-for-19 vs. Duke) with one of its best, hitting 7-of-14 from distance against Miami. Georges-Hunt hit three, Smith made two and Tadric Jackson chipped in with two more. Tech is 32-for-112 (28.6 pct.) over its last eight games, however.
Tech lost despite shooting 50 percent from the floor for only the fourth time this season, first time in ACC play. Tech last shot 50 percent or better against an ACC team last season at Miami (56.8 percent) in a 70-50 victory in Coral Gables. Tech is 24-3 under Brian Gregory when shooting 50 percent.
Tech got only 18 points (9-of-16) from its four post players and went from 5:24 of the first half (Mitchell) to 3:23 of the second half (Lammers) without a basket from a post player.
Tech committed 14 turnovers, a high for an ACC game this season and the most since the Jackets’ Dec. 15 win over VCU. Tech ranks fourth in the ACC and 13th nationally at 10.3 per game (9.8 in conference games). Nationally, the Jackets have improved from 195th in the nation last year.
Tech out-rebounded Miami 31-30 for the game, 16-12 in the second half. The Yellow Jackets have out-rebounded 18 of their 23 opponents, with two ties, this season; and seven of 10 ACC foes. Tech remains fourth in the ACC and is 22nd in the nation in rebound margin (+7.3 per game, +3.4 in ACC games).
Tech had more turnovers (14) than assists (13) for only the second time in 10 ACC games. 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 13 of its 36 field goals and has assisted on 51.8 percent of its field goals this season, 50.4 percent in ACC games.
Tech took 10 offensive rebounds and cashed them in for 15 second-chance points, while Miami also took 10 but converted them into only three points. The Jackets are fourth in the ACC and 27th nationally in offensive rebounds per game (13.7).
Tech was out-scored at the free throw line for the ninth time in 10 ACC games (15-9, 12-6 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 nine ACC games, the Jackets have been out-scored from the line, 174-100, 128-49 in the second half of those games.
Marcus Georges-Hunt led Tech with 19 points, reaching double figures for the 18th time in 23 games this season, 81st time in 117 career games. His three threes were his most in a game since hitting four against Southeastern Louisiana on Dec. 21. He was 4-of-7 from the free throw line, dipping his season success rate to 81.5 percent.
Georges-Hunt, 17th all-time at Tech with 1,489 career points, is within eight of catching 16th-place Kenny Anderson (1,497 from 1989-91).
Adam Smith scored 14 points in the game, reaching double digits for the 13th time in the last 14 games and for the 19th time this season. He is averaging 16.2 points in ACC games, 14.4 overall this season.
Smith has made at least one in every game this season and in his last 25 straight games dating back to last season. He has made at least three treys in 15 games. He has made at least one in 92 of 101 games in his career for a total of 236. His career total would rank sixth all-time Georgia Tech had he played his entire career here.
Tadric Jackson scored 13 points off the bench, reaching double figures for the second straight game and fourth time this season. He scored a season-high 15 last game vs. Duke.
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.
In 23 games, Smith has made more three-pointers (72) than Tech’s leader in each of the last seven seasons. They are the most since Anthony Morrow accumulated 81 (in 32 games) in the 2007-08 season.
Ben Lammers, the “Laminator,” grabbed six rebounds and blocked three more shots (leads Tech with 29 this season, 15 in ACC games) while hitting hit only field goal attempt in 17 minutes.
Charles Mitchell played 29 minutes, more than his last two games combined (17 vs. Syracuse, 11 vs. Duke).