Jan. 17, 2015
• Opening tip: won by Georgia Tech (Jackets have won 11 of 17 opening tips this season)
• First subs for Georgia Tech: Jackson and Jorgenson for Heath and Heyward at 17:25 in the first half
• On the floor for Georgia Tech at the end: Jorgenson, Mitchell, Georges-Hunt, Sampson, Stephens
• Series record vs. Pittsburgh: Tech leads 4-2 overall, 1-1 on the road, 0-1 at the Petersen Events Center
• Current series streak: Pittsburgh has won the last two games of the series
• Georgia Tech is 1-4 on the road this season, 12-27 under Brian Gregory
• Georgia Tech’s next game: at Virginia, Jan. 22, 8 p.m., John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, Va. (ACC Network/ESPN3)
• For the second straight game, Josh Heath and Corey Heyward started in the backcourt for Tech along with Marcus Georges-Hunt, Charles Mitchell and Demarco Cox. The Jackets have used four different lineups this season. Only Marcus Georges-Hunt and Charles Mitchell have started all 17 games for Tech this season.
• Tech out-rebounded Pittsburgh, 39-29, and has out-rebounded all but two opponents this season (one tie). The Jackets entered this game 10th in the nation in rebound margin (now +9.3 per game).
• Tech has lost its three ACC games by seven, one, seven, three and five points (an average of 4.6 points per game). The seven-point loss at Notre Dame was a double-overtime defeat. Only one of Tech’s losses this season has come by more than seven points. In fact, only two of Tech’s nine wins have come by more than nine points.
• Tech recorded more turnovers than assists for the ninth time this season, and is 3-6 this season when doing so.
• Four Tech players scored in double digits against Pittsburgh, only the fourth time that has happened this season. Tech won the first two times it occurred and is 21-9 under Brian Gregory when four players reach double digits.
• Tech had two players off the bench score in double figures for the second time this season (Josh Heath and Tadric Jackson at Northwestern), and had a bench player lead the team in scoring for the first time. Robert Sampson led the Jackets with 16 points (6-8 FG), while Quinton Stephens scored 10 (4-7 FG). Each player went 2-for-3 on threes.
• They were the eighth and ninth double-digit scoring games of the season by a reserve (Tadric Jackson 17 vs. Marquette, Josh Heath 12 and Robert Sampson 11 at Northwestern, Chris Bolden 10 vs. USC Upstate, Robert Sampson 10 vs. Appalachian State, Tadric Jackson 12 at Dayton, Chris Bolden 13 vs. Notre Dame, 2nd meeting). Tech’s bench has outscored that of its opponents this season, 22.6 to 15.2 points per game.
• Tech went 6-for-14 from three-point range and it 16-for-38 (42.1 pct.) in its last three games.
• Tech’s three primary bigs (Cox, Mitchell, Sampson) scored 31 of Tech’s 65 points (12-of-20 FG), and the Jackets scored 28 points in the paint.
• Tech had 16 offensive rebounds and ranks eighth nationally in offensive rebounds per game. The Jackets converted those into 19 points. Tech has scored 90 points on 114 offensive rebounds in its losses this season, 130 points on 130 offensive boards in its wins.
• Tech went 17-for-20 from the free throw line against Pitt and is hitting 75 percent in ACC games, 90-for-119 (75.6 pct.) in its last eight games. The Jackets have attempted just 14.8 free throws per game over that span, compared to 23 per game over its first nine games.
• Tech has yielded 36 threes in 164 attempts (22 pct.) in its nine wins this season, 53 threes in 141 attempts (37.6 pct.) in its seven losses this season.
• Tech used 10 players against Pittsburgh with nine scoring, four of them in double-figures. Only one of the 10 played as many as 30 minutes (Marcus Georges-Hunt with 33). Brian Gregory has used at least nine players in every game this season, at least 10 in seven games.
• Tech trailed at the 5-minute mark of the second half for the eighth time this season and is 1-7 in those games. Tech is 7-51 when trailing at the 5-minute mark of the second half under Brian Gregory.
• Tech has averaged 13.3 assists over its last 10 games (12.4 in ACC games), only 10.6 per game in its first six games.
• Robert Sampson’s 16 points was his scoring high in a Georgia Tech uniform. The 6-8 senior went 6-for-8 from the floor and grabbed eight rebounds.
• Sampson has six or more rebounds in 12 games this season, and he is 10-for-14 from the floor in his last two games.
• Quinton Stephens reached double figures for the fourth time this season and for the second time in three games with 10 points. He hit a pair of threes in three attempts and went 4-for-7 overall. .
• Stephens is 6-for-9 on threes in his last three games.
• Marcus Georges-Hunt went just 2-for-9 from the floor, but was 9-for-9 from the foul line to score 13 points, his 12th double-digit game this season and 52nd of his career.
• Georges-Hunt’s 9-for-9 from the line was the best mark of his career, percentage-wise for the number of attempts. He has made 15-of-16 in Tech’s two games and has a 77.7-percent success rate for the season on a team-high 94 attempts.
• Charles Mitchell scored 10 points for his 10th double-figure game this season. He had nine rebounds for the second straight game, just missing his sixth double-double.
• Travis Jorgenson had five assists and two turnovers. He has 39 assists and just 12 turnovers in his last nine games, 19 and nine in ACC games, and 54 and 23 for the season. He ranks ninth in the ACC in assist/turnover ratio.