Post-Game Notes (Game 15)
Jan. 6, 2018
- Georgia Tech starting lineup: Alston, Alvarado, Okogie, Gueye, Lammers
- First subs for Georgia Tech: Jackson, Wright for Okogie, Lammers at 13:27 – 1st half
- On the floor for Georgia Tech at the end: Alston, Cole, Haywood, Ogbonda, Wright
- Opening tap won by Yale. Georgia Tech has won the opening tap six times in 15 games this season
- Series record vs. Yale: Georgia Tech is 1-2 overall, 1-1 at home, 1-0 under Josh Pastner, 1-0 vs. James Jones
- Current series streak: Tech won the last meeting
- Georgia Tech is 8-3 at McCamish Pavilion this season, 68-33 in its sixth season in the building, 25-7 under Josh Pastner
- Georgia Tech is 0-3 on the road this season, 0-4 away from McCamish Pavilion
- Georgia Tech’s next game: Jan. 10, 7 p.m. vs. Notre Dame, McCamish Pavilion
- Georgia Tech is 8-2 against the ACC at McCamish Pavilion under head coach Josh Pastner, 25-7 overall.
- Georgia Tech has won four games (4-1 record) against top-15 opponents at McCamish Pavilion under Josh Pastner.
- Head coach Josh Pastner has started the same lineup for the past three games, with Abdoulaye Gueye playing the “4” position. Pastner has used six different starting lineups this season.
- Curtis Haywood II returned to action after missing six games with a shin injury, but Justin Moore missed his fourth straight game for personal reasons. Injuries or other absences have forced Tech players to miss 31 games cumulatively this season, and the Jackets have yet to play a game with all 11 scholarship players healthy and available.
- Alvarado and Lammers have started every game this season. Lammers has started Tech’s last 52 consecutive games.
- Georgia Tech’s playing rotation this season features four freshmen and a first-year graduate transfer who have combined to start 33 games and log 49 percent of the Yellow Jackets’ total minutes.
- Tech placed four players in double figures for the seventh time this season, and is 4-3 in those games.
- Tech came into the game ranked No. 28 in the nation in scoring defense, and held Yale, who had averaged 77.4 points per game, to just 60. It was the Bulldogs’ lowest output this season (was 61 at Wisconsin) and was the Yellow Jackets’ fifth-lowest yield. The Jackets also held Yale (47.9 percent from the floor this season) to 42.9 percent.
- Tech has averaged 70.3 points and converted 43.7 percent of its field goal attempts in the seven games since Josh Okogie’s return.
- Only Jose Alvarado came close to playing 40 minutes against Yale (38), though Ben Lammers logged 35. Lammers is averaging 35.7 minutes this season (5th in the ACC), Okogie 35.0 and Alvarado 33.9 (11th).
- The Jackets came into the Yale game ranked No. 12 nationally according to Kenpom.com in lowest two-point field goal percentage yield, but Yale hit 12-of-22 from two-point range. Tech is yielding 43.1 percent from inside the arc.
- Tech has forced an average of 13.6 turnovers per game this season, slightly down from the same point a year ago (14.3).
- Tech has committed 12.5 turnovers per game this season, down from 14.3 at the same point (15 games) last season. Tech has just 34 in its last four games (10 vs. Yale).
- Tech connected on 7-of-13 three-point attempts, its best effort of the season in terms of percentage. The Jackets had made just 16 threes in 67 attempts in its last previous five games against (3.2 per game and 23.9 percent).
- After netting no second-chance points at Notre Dame, the Yellow Jackets snared 23 offensive rebounds and scored 23 points from them in their last two games.
- Tech enjoyed a double-digit advantage on the boards for the second time in four games, outrebounding Yale 34-23. Tech had a 41-24 advantage on the boards against Coppin State.
- Tech rebounded from a poor game at the free throw line against Notre Dame (7-of-18) to hit 38-of-51 (74.5 percent) against Miami and Yale, improving its season conversion rate to 71.0 percent.
- Pastner meter 1 (assists to made field goals): Tech assisted on 10 of 23 field goals made and 54 of 146 in its last three games (37.0 percent), falling short its nightly goal of 60 percent for the fourth straight game. The Jackets have assisted on 53.3 percent of their made field goals for the season, after finishing last season at 62.7 percent (63.2 percent rate in ACC games).
- Pastner meter 2 (free throws made to opponents’ attempts): Tech made 21-of-28 free throws to Yale-s 9-of-12 (goal of making more than opponent tries accomplished). For the season, Tech has converted 242 free throws, while opponents have attempted 234. Tech is 28-7 under Josh Pastner when attempting more free throws than the opponent.
- Pastner meter 3 (guard rebounding): Tech’s guards combined for nine of Tech’s 21 defensive rebounds. Alvarado, Jackson and Okogie are all averaging well above four rebounds per game.
- Abdoulaye Gueye, making his third straight start and 11th of the season, posted his second double-digit scoring game of the season, setting a career high with 14 points while matching his career best of nine rebounds. The junior forward scored 10 points of his points in the first half, and established career bests for field goals made (six) and attempted (12). He added two blocks and three steals in a career-high 36 minutes.
- Josh Okogie has averaged 20 points per game in his seven games back on the court, reaching double digits in every one, including 20 vs. Yale. The 6-4 sophomore has hit 42.9 percent of his shots from three-point range and 78 percent from the free throw line. The sophomore guard has scored in double figures 39 times in 44 career games. He has scored 30 or more three times (two vs. ACC), 20 or more 13 times, six times in an ACC game.
- In less than half the number of games, Okogie has pulled into a tie with Jose Alvarado for the team lead in free throw attempts. With 59, Okogie is averaging 8.4 attempts per game, nearly two more than his average of 6.5 as a freshman, which ranked third in the ACC.
- Jose Alvarado reach double figures in his third straight game and for the 10th time this season, and exceeded 20 points for third time, tying his season best of 23 vs. Wright State. The freshman point guard tied his career high for three-point field goals in a game with four (4-for-10 vs. Grambling State).
- Alvarado, who had no assists and seven turnovers against Miami, had four assists and no turnovers against Yale, while also going 7-for-7 at the foul line in 38 minutes.
- After missing nearly the entire second half of the Coppin State game with a head injury, Alvarado has played 117 minutes in Tech’s last three games. He ranks 11th in the ACC averaging 33.9 minutes per game.
- Ben Lammers broke back into double figures against Yale with 10, hit 11th double-digit game this season, along with eight rebounds, two assists and two steals in 35 minutes.
- Lammers blocked three shots against Yale to give him 221 blocks for his career, sitting in sole possession of fourth place in Tech history and needing 22 to catch John Salley (243 from 1982-86) for third place. The senior center is third in the ACC and 13th nationally in blocked shots per game (3.0).
- Lammers’ 77.8-percent clip from the free throw line is more than five percent better than his junior year (73.7 percent). Lammers was a combined 21-of-43 his first two seasons.
- Tadric Jackson surpassed 900 career points with his performance against Coppin State and has 936 currently. At his current career-best average of 13.9 points per game, it will take the senior guard five more games to become the 44th Georgia Tech player to reach 1,000. Lammers has 865 career points, and would need 11 games at his current 12.3 per game rate to reach 1,000.