Jan. 29, 2015
• Opening tip: won by Georgia Tech (Jackets have won 12 of 20 opening tips this season)
• First subs for Georgia Tech: Mitchell for Cox at 16:40 in the first half
• On the floor for Georgia Tech at the end: Bolden, Doyle, Heyward, Jorgenson, Lammers
• Series record vs. Miami: Tech is 8-11 overall, 4-5 on the road, 3-4 at BankUnited Center, 6-11 as ACC members, 2-4 under Brian Gregory
• Current series streak: Tech has won one straight
• Georgia Tech is 2-5 on the road this season, 13-28 under Brian Gregory
• Georgia Tech’s next game: NC State, Jan. 31, 12 p.m., McCamish Pavilion [ACC Network/ESPN3, 680 AM, 93.7 FM, Sirius 84, XM 84]
• Tech utilized the same starting lineup that it began the game with against Boston College – Chris Bolden and Travis Jorgenson at the guards, Demarco Cox at center, Marcus Georges-Hunt and Robert Sampson at the forwards. Head coach Brian Gregory has utilized five different lineups this season. Only Georges-Hunt has started all 19 games for Tech this season.
• Tech led 34-26 at halftime, the eleventh time this season the Jackets have led at the half. Tech is 8-3 when leading at the half, 41-19 under Brian Gregory.
• Tech led at the 5-minute mark of the second half for the 10th time this season, and have held that lead in nine of those games. Tech is 45-6 under Brian Gregory when leading at the 5-minute mark.
• Tech shot 56.8 percent from the floor, the second time this season the Jackets have shot 50 percent or better, and Tech has won both. Tech is 21-2 under Brian Gregory when shooting 50 percent.
• Tech’s 56.8-percent clip from the floor was its best since hitting 58.3 percent at Virginia Tech on Feb. 18, 2012.
• Tech’s 20-point margin of victory matched its largest in an ACC game under Brian Gregory (82-62 over Wake Forest, 1/26/13), and beat its previous high in an ACC game on the road under Gregory by nine points (82-71 at NC State, 1/11/12).
• Tech’s 20-point margin of victory was the team’s largest in an ACC road game since an 80-54 win (26 points) at Wake Forest on 3/3/11.
• Tech’s 20-point margin of victory also matched its largest of the season (66-46 over Alabama A&M, 11/18). Only three of Tech’s wins have come by more than nine points, and only two of its losses have come by more than seven.
• The last time Tech defeated a team ranked in the AP top 25 by 20 points or more was an 85-65 win over 25th-ranked Texas Tech in the championship game of the 2003 Pre-Season NIT. Tech defeated No. 1 North Carolina at home by 20 (89-69) on 1/12/94, and a 25th-ranked North Carolina team at home by 27 (102-75) on 2/1/90.
• Tech out-rebounded Miami, 39-36, and has out-rebounded 17 of its 20 opponents and six of its eight ACC opponents this season. The Jackets have been out-rebounded by Virginia and Wake Forest, and tied Northwestern on the boards. The Jackets entered this game 10th in the nation in rebound margin (now +8.3 per game, +4.8 per game in conference play).
• Tech grabbed a season-low three offensive rebounds and scored four points off those. The Jackets entered the game ranked ninth nationally with more than 14 offensive rebounds per game.
• Tech capitalized on 12 Miami turnovers to score 17 points, and has scored 35 points off 25 turnovers in its last two games.
• Tech shot 18-for-22 from the free throw line at Miami, improving its conversion rate in ACC games to 73.4 percent and its season norm to 67.5. The Jackets have made 74.3 percent of its charity tosses over their last 11 games dating back to 12/20 vs. Vanderbilt. The Jackets have attempted just 15.2 free throws per game over that span, compared to 23 per game over its first nine games.
• Tech utilized 11 players against Miami, seven of them scored. Brian Gregory has used at least nine players in every game this season, at least 10 in nine games.
• Virginia defeated Tech by 29 points, but the Yellow Jackets’ other six conference defeats have come by a total of 25 points (4.2 points per game). Tech has lost its first five ACC games by seven, one, seven, three and five points, and suffered a two-point loss to Boston College. The seven-point loss at Notre Dame was a double-overtime defeat.
• Tech’s three primary bigs (Cox, Mitchell, Sampson) scored 21 of Tech’s 70 points (7-for-14 FG), and the Jackets scored 34 points in the paint.
• Tech has yielded 42 threes in 190 attempts (22.1 pct.) in its wins this season, 67 threes in 170 attempts (39.4 pct.) in its losses. Tech entered the Miami game 55th nationally and sixth in the ACC in three-point percentage defense.
• After not ever having scored 20+ points in back-to-back games, Marcus Georges-Hunt has now done that twice this season. The Tech junior led Tech in scoring at Miami with 24 points, his career-high for an ACC game, after scoring 20 against Boston College. It was his 14th double-digit game this season, 54th of his career and 23rd in an ACC game. It also was his fourth game of 20 points or more this season, and seventh of his career.
• Georges-Hunt went 10-for-12 from the floor, the best shooting effort of his career, percentage-wise, and attempted just one three-pointer, which he missed. He went 4-for-6 from the free throw line and leads Tech at 76.1 percent.
• Georges-Hunt grabbed six rebounds, the 14th time this season he has taken five or more, and had three assists, the eighth time he has recorded two or more. Tech’s team leader in steals also had three of those in this game.
• Georges-Hunt’s performance brought him within 10 points of 1,000 for his career – he now has 990. He is bidding to become the 43rd player in Tech history to score 1,000.
• Last two games for Georges-Hunt – 22.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 3.5 apg, 36.5 minutes per game, 17-for-25 from the floor, 9-for-13 from the line.
• Georges-Hunt is hitting 47.3 percent of his shots from inside the three-point line this season.
• Chris Bolden, making his sixth start of the season, scored Tech’s first points of the game with a three and wound up with 13 points on 6-for-11 shooting, his third double-digit game against the ACC this season and fourth overall. The Tech junior is 29-for-54 (53.7 pct.) this season from inside the three-point arc. He also had two assists and four rebounds.
• Bolden’s performance put him over 500 points for his career (has 512).
• Demarco Cox anchored Tech’s inside game with 10 points, his ninth double-digit effort this season and third in an ACC game. Cox had just five double-figure scoring efforts in 102 career games at Ole Miss. Cox, 4-for-6 from the floor (53.7 pct. this season, 50 pct. in ACC games) and 2-for-2 from the line (76.5 pct. in ACC games), also grabbed seven rebounds.
• Tech’s point guard tandem of Travis Jorgenson and Josh Heath enjoyed their most productive game of the ACC season. In 41 combined minutes, they contributed 12 points, six assists and five rebounds. They also went 8-for-10 from the free throw line.
• Robert Sampson made just his third start of the season, and second in a row, scoring seven points (one 3 and 4-for-4 from the line) and grabbing five rebounds. A top-20 rebounder in the ACC (6.3 per game), Sampson took five or more boards for the 17th time this season and for the fifth straight game.