Dec. 19, 2015
– MISCELLANEOUS NOTES
Opening tap won by Georgia Tech. Tech has won the opening tap four times in 10 games this season.
Georgia Tech starting lineup: Heath, Georges-Hunt, Smith, Jacobs, Mitchell
First subs for Georgia Tech: Lammers at the 19:21 mark of the first half
On the floor for Georgia Tech at the end: Georges-Hunt, Heath, Jackson, Stephens, White
Series record vs. Georgia: Tech is 105-87 overall, 31-51 in Athens, 5-26 at Stegeman Coliseum, 4-1 under Brian Gregory, 4-3 vs. Mark Fox
Current series streak: Georgia snapped a four-game winning streak for Tech in the series
Georgia Tech is 1-1 at in road games this season, 14-33 under Brian Gregory
Georgia Tech’s next game: December 21, 2015 vs. Southeastern Louisiana, 7 p.m. ET, McCamish Pavilion, Atlanta, Ga.
Georgia Tech’s 61 points was its second-lowest total of the season. The Yellow Jackets scored 52 in a loss to No. 8 Villanova on Nov. 27. It’s 39.2 percent success rate on field goals also was the second-lowest of the season (35.7 pct. vs. Villanova). Tech’s 20 field goals made matched its season low, also against Villanova.
Tech dropped to 6-2 when leading at the half this season. Only against Villanova did the Yellow Jackets trail at intermission.
Georgia Tech went 14-for-17 from the free throw line, and is 38-for-43 in its last two games. The Yellow Jackets improved their season success rate to 73.7 percent. After hitting 62.7 percent from the line (37-for-59) in its first three games, Tech has made 78 percent (117-for-150) in the seven games since.
Tech and Georgia battled to a 34-34 tie on the boards, marking only the second time in 10 games the Yellow Jackets did not win the rebounding contest. The Jackets have a plus-10.4 rebounding advantage for the season, having come into the game 12th in the nation and second in the ACC in that category.
Tech surrendered 49-percent shooting from the floor to Georgia, second-highest this season behind Villanova’s 52.9 percent. No coincidentally, the Yellow Jackets’ three losses this season have come in games they surrendered their highest shooting percentages (ETSU shot 47.4 percent).
Tech failed to score 70 points for the first time since the Villanova game. The Jackets’ three losses also have been their three lowest-scoring games.
Tech committed 12 turnovers and has averaged 11.6 this season (compared to 12.7 last season). Nationally, the Jackets have improved from 195th in the nation to 59th.
Tech pulled 11 rebounds from the offensive glass and cashed those in for 12 second-chance points. Tech is averaging 16.3 second-chance points this season compared to 12.7 in 2014-15.
Tech has averaged 69.5 offensive possessions this season compared to 63.1 last season. Its team offensive efficiency rating is 113.1 compared to 97.2 last season.
Tech also has made major improvements in points off turnovers (14.4 compared to 13.0 last season), second-chance points (16.3 to 12.7), points in the paint (33.8 to 32.2) and fast break points (10.0 to 8.3).
Tech used 10 available players in the game, and eight of them scored.
Tadric Jackson led the Yellow Jackets with 14 points, his second double-digit scoring game this season and first since the season opener against Cornell (11 points). It was the seventh by a Tech player off the bench. Jackson has eight double-figure games at Tech.
Marcus Georges-Hunt scored 11 points but had to go 9-for-10 from the foul line to get there (1-5 FG). He reached double figures for the 71st time in 104 career games at Georgia Tech. It was his third straight double-digit game after getting 19 at Tulane and 20 against VCU.
Georges-Hunt moved into 25th place on Tech’s all-time scoring list tonight, and now has 1,275 career points. He passed Jarrett Jack (1,265) and Bud Blemker (1,266). He needs 28 points to reach 24th place, held by Michael Maddox (1,303).
Charles Mitchell began the season with nine consecutive double-doubles, but Saturday went scoreless for the first time in a Tech uniform, missing all three of his field goal tries while not attempting a free throw. He also pulled just four rebounds, his lowest total since getting two in just 16 minutes at North Carolina last February. Mitchell played just 15 minutes due to foul trouble, his fewest since playing 13 at Clemson in the next-to-last regular-season game of 2014-15. (Mitchell has 16 double-doubles in a Tech uniform and 21 for his career).
Mitchell also snapped an 11-game string of double-digit scoring games that dated back to the final two games of 2014-15. (Mitchell has 24 double-digit game in a Tech uniform, and 40 for his career.)
Adam Smith scored 11 points and reached double figures for the eighth time this season. Nine of those points came on three threes early in the second half (3-for-8 in the game). Smith has made at least one in every game this season and in his last 12 straight games dating back to last season. He has made at least one in 79 of 88 games in his career. Smith ranks fourth in the ACC in three-pointers per game and has hit 40.9 percent from distance this season.
Travis Jorgenson returned from an ankle injury after missing the VCU game and played eight minutes. He and Josh Heath combined for five assists and just one turnover, continuing a trend this season in which they have 60 assists and 19 turnovers collectively. Jorgenson himself has 23 assists against five turnovers.
Tech’s top five scorers this season — Marcus Georges-Hunt, Charles Mitchell, Adam Smith, Nick Jacobs and Quinton Stephens — have hit a combined 80 percent (124-for-155) of their charity tosses this season. They went 13-for-15 against Georgia.