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Terry's Tip-In Beats Buzzer, Fighting Irish in Thriller

THE FLATS – Lance Terry tipped in a missed jumper by Kyle Sturdivant at the final horn to power Georgia Tech men’s basketball past Notre Dame, 70-68, on Wednesday night at McCamish Pavilion.

The Yellow Jackets (9-15, 2-12 ACC) battled in the second half to keep the game close, even after the Fighting Irish (10-14, 2-11 ACC) pulled out to a six-point lead.

Then, with 3:32 left in the game, down two, Deebo Coleman was fouled on a three-point shot from the left wing. Coleman converted all three free throws to give Tech back the lead, 65-64.

Ja’von Franklin then piled on the pressure by completing an and-1 on the ensuing possession to push Tech’s lead to three with just under three minutes to go. Notre Dame fought back to tie the game up at 68 on free throws with 1:55 left.

Terry led the Jackets’ with 19 points on the night, playing all 40 minutes for the second time this season, while Franklin finished with 16 points and nine rebounds. Sturdivant and Coleman also finished in double figures with 12 and 11, respectively.

Deivon Smith gave Tech a big lift with eight points, nine rebounds and seven assists.

Leading the Irish was Nate Laszewski, who finished with 16 points.

Georgia Tech heads back out on the road before two-straight home games when it travels to Wake Forest on Saturday, Feb. 11. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ACC Network.

Ja’von Franklin hauled in nine rebounds to be one shy of a double-double with his 16 points on Wednesday night. (photo by Danny Karnik)

 

Post-Game Notes

  • The 10 games between Georgia Tech and Notre Dame played at McCamish Pavilion have been decided by a total of 28 points, none by more than five points. Tech has won seven of those games.
  • Tech has utilized 11 different starting lineups total this season. Nine Yellow Jackets have started at least two games this season, eight have started at least nine games, nine have started at least one ACC game, and none have started every game.
  • Only eight Tech players saw court time against Notre Dame, the eighth time this season the Yellow Jackets have used as few as eight players. They totalled 52:40 of the 200 minutes, and Tech’s bench outscored its opponent (8-2) for the 13th time in 24 games. Tech ranks No. 99 in the nation this season in bench minutes (34.1 pct.), and only one other Josh Pastner Tech team has seen its reserves play more.
  • Four Tech players scored in double digits for the 11th time this season. The Jackets are 8-3 in those games.
  • Tech has averaged 24.1 three-point attempts in ACC games, trying at least 20 in every game except Virginia (16).
  • Tech’s 45-percent field goal accuracy against Notre Dame was its highest against an ACC opponent this season. The Jackets have exceeded that mark in only four games (Clayton State, North Alabama, Georgia, Alabama State).
  • Tech outshot an opponent from the floor for the second straight game – 45 percent to Notre Dame’s 41.1 after outshooting NC State 44.1 to 41.9 pct.). The Jackets have outshot only one other ACC foe, in their first ACC win over Miami on Jan. 4. Tech is 1-14 this season when the opponent makes a higher percentage of its field goal attempts, 8-1 when it has a better percentage.
  • Tech is 7-1 this season when scoring 70 or more points (2-1 in the ACC), 2-14 when failing to reach 70. The Jackets have reached 70 points in ACC play only against Miami and Notre Dame (both meetings).
  • Tech went 8-for-12 from the foul line against Notre Dame and has hit just 47-of-80 over its last eight games. The Jackets have scored 14.4 percent of their points from the foul line this season, 12.3 percent in ACC games.
  • Tech has assisted on 55.6 percent of their field goals in ACC games, fourth-best in the ACC.
  • Tech has turned the ball over fewer than 10 times in six games (9 vs. Notre Dame).
  • Tech has scored more paint points than its opponent only three times in ACC play, in both meetings against Notre Dame and in its first meeting with NC State on Jan. 17.
  • Lance Terry has led Tech in scoring four times this season, including both of the Yellow Jackets’ ACC wins – 24 points against Miami and 19 vs. Notre Dame. He played the full 40 minutes in each game.
  • In two games since returning from his hamstring injury, which kept him out of four games, Terry has played all but 78:14 of the 80 possible minutes, scored 29 points, hit 12-of-24 shots from the floor and 4-of-10 from three-point range.
  • Terry has scored in double figures in four ACC games, eight games altogether.
  • Center Ja’von Franklin came up one rebound shy of his fourth double-double this season, finishing with 16 points, nine boards, three assists and one blocked shot.
  • Franklin has blocked nine shots in his last three games and ranks fifth in the ACC at 1.57 per game.
  • Franklin has averaged 11.6 points and 7.2 rebounds over Tech’s last five games, hitting 25-of-42 from the floor in that stretch. In the last two games, he has scored 32 points (13-of-22 FG) and taken 17 rebounds with eight assists and six blocks.
  • Kyle Sturdivant has scored in double digits in three straight games, the first time in his college career he has done so. The senior has averaged 14 points over that stretch (17 at Louisville, 13 at NC State, 12 vs. Notre Dame), playing more than 34 minutes in each game. Across the three games, he has hit 15-of-36 shots from the floor, 7-of-20 from three-point range, dished eight assists and grabbed 11 rebounds.
  • Deivon Smith has committed zero turnovers in three straight games and in nine games altogether this season. He has seven assists and no turnovers against Notre Dame, improving his assist/turnover ratio to 2.8-to-1, third-best in the ACC (he was 1-to-1 last season).
  • Smith also scored eight points with nine rebounds against the Fighting Irish, just missing his fourth double-digit rebound game this season.

Deivon Smith (5 – above) did a little bit of everything for Georgia Tech, nearing a triple-double with eight points, nine rebounds and seven assists. (photo by Danny Karnik)

 

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