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Post-Game Notes

Feb. 7, 2015

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MISCELLANEOUS NOTES

• Opening tip: won by Georgia Tech (Jackets have won 14 of 23 opening tips this season)

• First subs for Georgia Tech: Heath for Jorgenson at 17:10 in the first half

• On the floor for Georgia Tech at the end:  Bolden, Gueye, Heath, Heyward, Lammers

• Series record vs. Wake Forest:  Tech is 40-38 overall, 27-9 at home, 2-0 at McCamish Pavilion, 39-35 as ACC members, 5-2 under Brian Gregory

• Current series streak: Tech has won five of the last six games in the series, and has won 10 straight home games against Wake Forest.

• Georgia Tech is 7-5 at home this season, 35-26 under Brian Gregory

• Georgia Tech’s next game:  Virginia Tech, Feb. 9, 9 p.m., Blacksburg, Va. [ESPNU, 680 AM, 93.7 FM, Sirius 84, XM 84]

 

TEAM NOTES

• Both of Tech’s ACC wins this season have come by double digits – an average of 17 points, including a 20-point win at Miami. The average margin of victory in Tech’s nine non-conference wins was 8.1 points, with only Alabama A&M and Appalachian State in double digits.

• Wake Forest was the fourth ACC opponent that Tech has limited to fewer than 60 points this season, and the ninth opponent overall.

• Tech utilized the same starting lineup for the fifth straight game – Chris Bolden and Travis Jorgenson at the guards, Demarco Cox at center, Marcus Georges-Hunt and Robert Sampson at the forwards.

• Tech utilized 10 players in its primary rotation against Wake Forest, and nine of them scored. Brian Gregory has used at least nine players in every game this season, at least 10 in nine games.

• Head coach Brian Gregory has utilized seven different lineups this season. Only Georges-Hunt has started all 23 games for Tech this season, and nine different players have started at least one game.

• Tech’s 34-22 halftime lead was its third largest of the season, and the Jackets have held a halftime lead in 12 games this season (four in ACC games). Tech is 9-3 when leading at intermission.

• Tech shot its fifth-best percentage from the floor (45.8 pct.) this season, third best in an ACC game. In its last four games, Tech has converted 46.1 percent of its field goals.

• None of Tech’s player tried as many as 10 shots in the game, and none played as many as 30 minutes.

• Tech held Wake Forest to 29.7 percent shooting from the floor, including a 6-for-30 first half. It was the lowest yield for the Yellow Jackets’ defense this season and the lowest since limiting the Demon Deacons to 29.2 percent (14-for-48) on Feb. 16, 2013 in Winston-Salem, a span of 72 games. Brian Gregory’s Tech teams have held seven opponents under 30 percent from the floor.

• Tech set a season high with nine three-point field goals, going 9-for-20 and making nine of its first 14 before the game got out of hand. The Jackets have made 42.3 percent of their threes in the last four games, 40.5 percent in the last five since going 0-for-12 at Virginia.

• Tech easily established a season high for fast break points (22) against Wake Forest. The previous best was 17 against NC State. Those are the only two ACC games in which the Jackets have reached double digits in that category, and they average just 7.8 per game.

• Tech matched a season high for assists with 15 on 27 made field goals. It was the most assists for Tech in a game since getting 15 at Northwestern on Dec. 3. The Yellow Jackets have averaged 12 assists (minimum of 10) over their last five games since getting just two at Virginia.

• Tech not only avenged one of its losses from earlier in the season but reversed itself against one of the teams that has out-rebounded the Jackets this season, surpassing Wake Forest, 41-33, on the boards. Only Wake Forest, Virginia and Duke have beaten Tech on the boards this season, and there has been one tie (Northwestern). The Jackets entered the Wake game 14th in the nation in rebound margin (now +8.0 per game, +5.2 per game in conference play).

• Tech went just 10-for-17 from the free throw line against Wake Forest and has gone just 16-for-29 in the last two games. The Jackets had been No. 2 in the ACC in free throw percentage against conference opponents.

• Four Tech players are averaging six or more rebounds in ACC games – Mitchell 6.5, Georges-Hunt 6.3, Sampson 6.3, Cox 6.0 – and each of them rank in the ACC’s top 20. Those four players totaled 24 rebounds against Wake Forest.

• Tech’s three primary big men (Cox, Mitchell, Sampson) scored 26 of Tech’s 73 points (9-for-24 FG), and the Jackets outscored Wake 30-24 in the paint.

• Wake Forest went 7-for-26 from three-point range Saturday (26.9 pct.). Tech has yielded 49 threes in 216 attempts (22.7 pct.) in its wins this season, 82 threes in 210 attempts (39.0 pct.) in its losses.

• Virginia defeated Tech by 29 points, but the Yellow Jackets’ other eight conference defeats have come by a total of 32 points (4.0 points per game), two of those in overtime. Tech’s other eight ACC losses have come by seven, one, seven, three, five, two, one and six points. The seven-point loss at Notre Dame was a double-overtime defeat.

 

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

Chris Bolden, with 14 points against Wake Forest (5-8 FG, 4-7 on 3s), scored in double digits for the third time in Tech’s last four games. He is averaging 11.0 points over his last five (including nine points against Boston College) while hitting 21-of-44 shots from the floor and 12-of-28 on threes.

• Bolden hit four threes against Wake Forest, matching a career high achieved four times previously and for the second straight game.

Marcus Georges-Hunt scored in double digits for the fifth straight game, 17th time this season, 57th of his career and 26th time in an ACC game.

• In his last five games, Georges-Hunt has averaged 18.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists. He has shot 57.9 percent from the floor (33-for-57), 54.5 percent on threes (6-for-11) and 78.6 percent from the free throw line (22-for-28).

• Georges-Hunt is hitting 47.2 percent of his shots from inside the three-point line this season.

• Georges-Hunt, Tech’s leader in free throws made and attempted and percentage, went just 1-for-1 against Wake Forest, the fewest free throws he has attempted since Nov. 27 against Marquette (also 1-for-1).

Charles Mitchell led Tech with 15 points while hitting 5-of-9 shots from the floor and 5-of-10 from the free throw line. It was his 12th double-digit game this season and sixth in an ACC game.

• Point guards Travis Jorgenson and Josh Heath combined for 10 assists and two turnovers against Wake Forest, and they collectively have a 2.09-1 assist-turnover ratio this season.

Travis Jorgenson scored seven points and has averaged 8.3 points over his last four games, hitting 12-for-20 shots from the floor.

• Robert Sampson grabbed seven rebounds, the 20th time this season he has taken five or more. He ranks among the top 20 in the ACC in rebound average with 6.3.

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