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Post-Game Notes: Villanova 69, Georgia Tech 52

Nov. 27, 2015

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• Opening tap won by Villanova. Tech has won the opening tap three times in six games this season.
• Georgia Tech starting lineup: Heath, Georges-Hunt, Smith, Jacobs, Mitchell
• First subs for Georgia Tech: Jorgenson and Lammers at the 15:21 mark of the first half
• On the floor for Georgia Tech at the end: Heath, Jackson, Lammers, Stephens, White
• Series record vs. Villanova: Tech is 3-1 overall, 3-1 on neutral courts, 0-1 at Barclays Center, 0-1 under Brian Gregory, 1-2 vs. Jay Wright
• Current series streak: Villanova won the last meeting
• Georgia Tech is 3-1 at McCamish Pavilion this season, 32-22 in the fourth season in the building, 32-22 under Brian Gregory
• Georgia Tech’s next game: December 1, 2015 vs. Wofford, 7 p.m., McCamish Pavilion, Atlanta, Ga.

• Georgia Tech was held to its lowest scoring total of the season (52 points). The Yellow Jackets’ totals for field goals made, three-point field goals made, free throws made and assists also were season lows.
• Tech trailed at the half for the first time this season, 30-23.
• Villanova became the first team this season to shoot 50 percent from the floor against Tech. The Wildcats finished at 52.9 percent after hitting 15-of-26 shots from the floor (57.7 percent) in the second half. East Tennessee State in a last-second win over Tech also was 15-for-26 from the floor in the second half.
• Tech out-rebounded Villanova, 39-28, the fifth time in six games and the 77th time in 130 games under Brian Gregory that the Jackets have out-rebounded their opponent. Tech is 47-40 in those games. The Jackets have a plus-13.3 rebounding advantage for the season.
• Tech pulled 16 rebounds from the offensive glass and cashed those in for 11 second-chance points. Tech is averaging 17.8 second-chance points this season compared to 12.7 in 2014-15.
• Tech had seven assists on 20 made field goals tonight and has 102 assists on 187 made field goals for the season, 54.5 percent of its field goals made. Tech has an average of 17.0 assists per game through six games.
• Tech is averaging 82.5 points per game, its highest figure since the 1990-91 season, and converting 47.5 percent of its field goal tries this season, its highest since 1995-96.
• Tech has averaged 71.4 offensive possessions in six games this season compared to 63.1 last season. Its team offensive efficiency rating is 115.6 compared to 97.2 last season.
• Tech also has made major improvements in points off turnovers (13.7 compared to 13.0 last season), second-chance points (17.8 to 12.7), points in the paint (38.0 to 32.2) and fast break points (14.0 to 8.3).
• Tech’s four big men – Nick Jacobs, Charles Mitchell, Ben Lammers, James White – collectively had their poorest production of the season, combining to shoot 10-of-22 from the floor against Villanova, and are 93-for-159 for the season (58.5 percent). Mitchell is hitting 62.7 percent of his field goal tries, and Jacobs has made 51.8 percent. White is 12-for-24 (50 percent), and Lammers is 15-for-20 (75 percent).
• Tech used 10 players in the game, and nine of them scored.
• Tech’s point guard tandem of Josh Heath and Travis Jorgenson had five assists and just two turnovers against the Villanova defense. For the season, they have 46 assists and 13 turnovers for a 3.54-1 ratio. Tech has a 1.44-1 team ratio.

Marcus Georges-Hunt did not reach double figures for the first time this season. He played in his 100th career game.
• Georges-Hunt stands in 28th place on Tech’s all-time scoring list, and now has 1,219 career points. He needs 34 to reach Drew Barry, who has 27th place with 1,253.
Charles Mitchell ran his double-double streak to six games this season with 16 points and 11 rebounds against Villanova. It was his 13th double-double in a Tech uniform and 18th for his career.
• Mitchell reached double digits in scoring for the eighth straight game dating back to last season. It was his 21st double-digit game in a Tech uniform, and the 37th of his career. He has made 37 of 59 shots from the floor (62.7 pct.) this season.
• It was Mitchell’s 25th career double-figure rebound game.
Adam Smith was just 1-for-6 from three-point range against Villanova but has made at least one in every game this season. He extended his personal streak to eight straight games with a three (he made at least one in 30 of 33 games last year at Virginia Tech, 75 of 84 games for his college career). Smith has converted on 40 percent for the year (16-of-40).
• Tech’s top three scorers and most frequent free throw shooters – Marcus Georges-Hunt, Charles Mitchell and Nick Jacobs – have hit a combined 81.1 percent (60-for-74) of their charity tosses this season.


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