Nov. 13, 2006
– Georgia Tech Head Coach Paul Hewitt
“This time of year, you’re always trying to improve on things. I liked our effort. I thought we did a good job. I was concerned because this is a busy week for us academically, and looking in their eyes before the game, I thought they were a little drained. So considering all that, I thought the effort was very good. There are some things we can execute better, obviously, but considering the time of year, I was pleased.
“We can finish around the bucket. This team can capitalize on their defensive ability better than most of the teams I’ve been around because when they get out in transition, they can really finish around the glass. When we get around the basket, I think we finish pretty well. The thing I keep trying to stress to them is that if they get defensive stops and get out in transition, then that ability to finish stands out even more.
“As he [Zach Peacock] gets more comfortable offensively, I think that’s what he can put up – double figures. Zach is playing great defense, and I’m looking forward to him getting comfortable offensively. Tonight he started to get a little more comfortable. He’s a very good three-point shooter. Once that piece falls into place, I think that adds a totally different dimension to our team offensively, to have a big guy who can step out and shoot.
“The turnovers have to get cleaned up. There are times when we get a little soft with the ball. But again, all things considered, for the time of the year and everything we’ve got going on, for them to play with the energy they showed for most of the game, I’ll take it.
“Javaris is playing well. He’s a young man who’s got a lot of pride and wants to be a good player, so he’s going to keep working hard. There are some things he can work on, but as long as he plays as hard as he normally does, he’s going to keep getting better.
NOTING GEORGIA TECH
Georgia Tech’s field goal percentage of .650 (22-32) is the highest of the Paul Hewitt era. The previous high was .609 vs. Vanderbilt last season . . . Tech reached the 100-point mark for the fourth time of the Hewitt era and the first time since a 102-101 overtime victory over Wake Forest in January of 2005.