Jan. 3, 2015
• Opening tip: won by Georgia Tech (Jackets have won nine of 13 opening tips this season)
• First subs for Georgia Tech: Heath, Sampson, Stephens for Jorgenson, Mitchell, Bolden at 16:03 1st half
• On the floor for Georgia Tech at the end: Bolden, Georges-Hunt, Heath, Jorgenson, Sampson
• Series record vs. Notre Dame: 7-4 overall, 2-4 on the road, 1-3 at Purcell Pavilion
• Current series streak: two straight wins for Notre Dame
• Georgia Tech is now 12-25 on the road under Brian Gregory, 1-2 this season.
• Georgia Tech’s next game: Syracuse, Wednesday, January 7, 7 p.m. ET, McCamish Pavilion [ESPNU]
• Tech played its first overtime game of the season and its first since last year’s ACC Tournament, when the Yellow Jackets played overtime against both Boston College and Clemson.
• Saturday was Tech’s first double-overtime game since Jan. 2, 2011, when it fell at home in double-OT to Charlotte. Tech has lost its last four double-overtime games and is 6-11 all-time in double-OT. Tech is 10-11 in games that go at least two overtimes (4-0 in triple-OT).
• Tech’s last eight ACC road trips have produced three wins, an overtime loss, a double-overtime loss, a three-point loss, a four-point loss and a 10-point loss. Tech has won six of its last 15 ACC road games after winning only three times in 36 ACC road games before that dating back to the 2008-09 season.
• Tech is now 4-2 vs. teams ranked in the top 100 of the RPI this season. Tech is 0-1 vs. teams in the AP top 25 this season, 2-12 under Brian Gregory.
• Tech led Notre Dame, 31-27, at the half, the ninth time this season the Yellow Jackets have led at intermission. Tech is 7-2 this season when leading at the half, 40-18 under Brian Gregory.
• Demarco Cox returned to the starting lineup after playing just 17 minutes off the bench vs. Charlotte due to a thigh bruise. He has started 12 of Tech’s 13 games this season. Chris Bolden, who started for Quinton Stephens against Charlotte, remained in the starting lineup for Notre Dame. Only Marcus Georges-Hunt and Charles Mitchell have started all 13 games for Tech this season.
• Tech out-rebounded Notre Dame, 46-31, and has won the boards in 12 of 13 games this season (tied Northwestern). But Tech fell to 8-4 when out-rebounding the opponent this season and 44-29 when doing so under Brian Gregory. The Jackets rank seventh in the nation in rebound margin (now +11.0).
• Tech had 19 offensive rebounds and converted them into 17 second-chance points. Tech ranks 17th nationally in offensive rebounds per game.
• Notre Dame had averaged 86 points per game through its first 14 games and ranked fourth nationally in scoring. Tech held the Irish to 59 points in regulation.
• Tech held Notre Dame to 4-of-19 from three-point range in the game, 1-for-12 in regulation. The Irish had been making 41.6 percent of their threes.
• Notre Dame (53.3 pct. FG) was, however, the first team to shoot 50 percent or better against Tech since Florida State on March 2 last season.
• Tech has yielded 36 threes in 164 attempts (22 pct.) in its nine wins this season (Charlotte was 1-for-13), 33 threes in 85 attempts (38.8 pct.) in its three losses this season.
• Tech matched its season high in steals with 11 but did not block a shot for the first time this season.
• Tech utilized nine players against Notre Dame, and six of them scored, three reached double digits. Brian Gregory has used at least nine players in every game this season, at least 10 in six games.
• Although it was in double-overtime, Tech notched its third-highest point total of the season (76). Tech scored 80 in the season opener against Georgia and 78 vs. IPFW. The Jackets have scored 70 or more five times and are 3-2 in those games.
• Tech trailed at the 5-minute mark of the second half for the fourth time this season and are 1-3 in those games. Tech is 7-47 when trailing at the 5-minute mark of the second half under Brian Gregory.
• Tech went 11-for-13 from the free throw line (84.6 pct.) and is 25-for-29 in its last two games, 32-for-39 in its last three and 41-for-52 in its last four. However, the Jackets have attempted just 13 free throws per game over that span, compared to 23 per game over its first nine games.
• Tech has averaged 13.1 assists over its last seven games, only 10.6 per game in its first six games. The Jackets are +4 in assist/turnover ratio over the last seven games.
• Tech was 7-for-18 combined on three-point field goals in consecutive wins against Rhode Island and Northwestern. Since then, in six games, the Jackets are 21-for-113 (18.6 pct.).
• Marcus Georges-Hunt reached double digits for the fifth straight game, 10h time this season and for the 50th time in 77 career games at Tech.
• Georges-Hunt’s 20 points at Notre Dame gave him his first back-to-back 20-point games in his career. Georges-Hunt scored a career-high 25 points against Charlotte, eclipsing his previous best of 23 last Feb. 1 at Wake Forest. He has five 20-point games in his career – one as a freshman, two as a sophomore and two this season.
• Georges-Hunt went 4-for-4 from the free throw line and has made his last 19 attempts in a row over Tech’s last four games. He is 26-for-30 in his last five games and has hit 79 pct. for the season).
• Georges-Hunt also corralled eight rebounds and has 23 in his last three games (7.7 pg).
• Charles Mitchell scored 14 points with 12 rebounds for his fourth double-double this season, and the ninth of his career. He has 22 career double-digit scoring games (six this season), 16 double-digit rebound games.
• Mitchell also had six offensive rebounds, and ranks second in the ACC with 4.0 per game.
• Tech’s three primary big men (Cox, Mitchell, Sampson) contributed 31 points against Notre Dame and went 14-for-25 from the floor.
• Starting point guard Travis Jorgenson had four assists and two turnovers, continuing an impressive run. He has 24 assists and just five turnovers in his last five games, 30 and eight over his last seven games, and 39 and 16 for the season. Point guard teammate Josh Heath has 45 assists and 20 turnovers for the season. Combined, they have a 2.33-to-1 assist-turnover ratio.
• Jorgenson made his 11th start of the season at point guard and matched his career-high og 26 minutes. He has played 25, 24, 25, 26 and 26 minutes in Tech’s last iver games. He moved back into the lineup against Marquette after missing the Alabama A&M game with soreness in his surgically repaired knee and coming off the bench against IPFW.
• Chris Bolden scored a season-high 14 points, his second double-digit game of the season and the 14th game of his career. He has averaged 8.0 ppg over his last seven games and is 21-for-47 (44.7 pct.) from the floor over that span.
• Bolden hit a pair of threes against Notre Dame (2-for-4, 5-for-9 overall), giving him five in Tech’s last four games in nine attempts. He has hit exactly 30 percent for the season (12-for-40). Inside the arc, he is 20-for-32 (62.5 pct.) for the season.
• Quinton Stephens had a three-point FG for the 12th game in 14 this season. He leads Tech in three-pointers (17), attempts (51) and percentage (33.3).
• Robert Sampson grabbed seven rebounds, and has six or more in 10 games this season. He ranks among the ACC’s top 20 in rebound average despite playing just 22 minutes per game off the bench.