SYRACUSE, N.Y. –Francesca Pan and Zaire O’Neil each scored 20-plus points, but it wasn’t enough as Georgia Tech dropped an 88-77 decision at Syracuse Thursday evening. With the loss, the Jackets dropped to 12-4 overall and 1-2 in ACC play.
How It Happened
Tech pulled out with an 11-point advantage, 19-8, in the first frame, but the lead would be short-lived as Syracuse used a 22-4 run spanning both quarters to switch momentum and grab the lead, 32-23, with 6:22 to play in the second quarter. The Jackets would continue to chip away at its deficit and trailed by a field goal at halftime, 40-38.
Elo Edeferioka knotted the score immediately out of halftime before the Orange reclaimed a four-point edge, 45-41. With back-to-back layups from Zaire O’Neil, the Jackets tied the score for the final time at 45-45 with 5:57 left in the third frame. Francesca Pan would bring Tech within one point hitting a three-pointer less than a minute later, but it would be the closest the Jackets would come the remainder of the game. Syracuse reopened a double-digit lead in the final frame.
* Pan finished with 26 points to set a new personal-best for the sophomore going 5-of-11 from three-point range
* O’Neil posted a double-double behind 24 points and 11 rebounds for her 10th career double-double
* Tech recorded 16 assists on the evening and shot 50.0 percent (27-54) from the field
* The teams finished tied on the glass with 30 rebounds each
* Tech was 16-of-27 from the free throw line to Syracuse’s 28-of-32 effort
* Syracuse’s Tiana Mangakahia recorded a career-high of 44 points and was one of three in double-figures
Tech returns to Atlanta to host No. 2 Notre Dame on Sunday, Jan. 7. Tip is slated for 2 p.m. in McCamish Pavilion on ACC Network Extra.