Wake Forest 81, Georgia Tech 69
Feb. 4, 2017
- Georgia Tech starting lineup: Heath, Heyward, Okogie, Stephens, Lammers (fifth game this season with this lineup)
- First subs for Georgia Tech: Jackson for Heyward, 15:53 – 1st half
- On the floor for Georgia Tech at the end: Heyward, Matthews, McCormick, Okogie, Price
- Opening tap won by Wake Forest. Georgia Tech has won the opening tap in 10 of 24 games this season.
- Series record vs. Wake Forest: Georgia Tech is 41-39 overall, 12-26 on the road, 8-19 at Joel Coliseum, 0-1 under Josh Pastner, 2-2 vs. Danny Manning
- Current series streak: Wake Forest snapped a two-game losing streak in the series
- Georgia Tech is 11-3 at McCamish Pavilion this season, 54-29 in its fifth season in the building, 11-3 under Josh Pastner
- Georgia Tech’s next game: February 7, 2017 vs. Tusculum, 7:30 p.m., McCamish Pavilion, Atlanta, Ga.. [ACC Network Extra, 680 AM, 93.7 FM]
- Georgia Tech played Saturday’s game without backup forward Abdoulaye Gueye (fractured wrist) and backup point guard Justin Moore (abdominal injury).
- Tech started Josh Heath, Corey Heyward, Ben Lammers, Josh Okogie and Quinton Stephens for the fifth time this season. Three Yellow Jackets – Lammers, Okogie and Stephens – have started every game this season.
- Tech got 32 minutes from three reserves who have played sparingly in conference play – Christian Matthews (14 minutes), Sylvester Ogbonda (14) and Kellen McCormick (4). They combined to score 16 points, hit 4-of-6 shots from the floor (3-of-3 on threes) and 5-of-6 from the foul line. Prior to the Wake game, they had combined to play 54 minutes in ACC play.
- Tech trailed at the half (37-31) for the second straight game and for the fifth time in conference play and is 1-5 in those games. The Jackets trailed at the half for the ninth time overall (1-8 record).
- Nine of Tech’s 11 ACC games this season have been decided by 10 or more points.
- Wake Forest’s 46.4 percent shooting from the floor was the best against Tech since Duke shot 55.7 percent on Jan. 4 and the second-best against the Yellow Jackets in ACC play. Tech came into the game yielding 40.1 percent against the conference, No. 2 in the ACC, one-tenth of a percent behind Louisville.
- Tech did not reach its magic number for points (70), and fell to 2-10 this season when scoring less than 70. The Yellow Jackets are unbeaten (11-0) when reaching that number offensively.
- Wake Forest outshot Tech 46.4 percent to 35.7 percent. The Jackets 0-9 when shooting a lower percentage from the floor than its opponent this season.
- Wake Forest outscored Tech in the paint, 36-20, the second consecutive opponent to do so against Tech, and only the fourth to do so in 11 ACC games. The Yellow Jackets average 30.1 points in the paint to 29.5 for their opponents in ACC play, 31.5 to 28.5 overall this season.
- Tech was out-rebounded 38-32, the seventh time in 11 conference games the Yellow Jackets have come up short.
- Ben Lammers and Quinton Stephens combined for 18 rebounds. Both players rank among the top 10 in the ACC in rebound average, making Tech the only ACC team to have two players among the top 10.
- Tech made eight three-point field goals in 20 attempts, its highest number of three-pointers since hitting 10-of-16 at NC State. It was the fourth time in conference play the Jackets have hit 40 percent or better.
- Pastner meter 1 (assists to made field goals): Tech assisted on 12 of 20 made field goals (60 pct.) vs. Wake Forest - 60 percent goal accomplished. Tech is at 62.5 percent for the season, which ranks 12th in the nation, and 66.4 percent in ACC games.
- Pastner meter 2 (free throws made to opponents’ attempts): Tech made 21 of 28 free throws (most since going 21-of-31 vs. Florida State) to Wake Forest’s 21 of 24 (goal of making more than opponent tries not accomplished). The Yellow Jackets still maintain a 72.6-percent clip from the foul line in ACC games.
- Pastner meter 3 (guard rebounding): Tech’s guards combined for seven of Tech’s 23 defensive rebounds.
- Georgia Tech has defeated its three top-25 team this season (No. 9 North Carolina, No. 6 Clemson, No. 14 Notre Dame), the most in one season for the program since the Yellow Jackets went 4-3 vs. top-25 teams in 2003-04. Tech has beaten as many as three top-25 teams in one season six times prior to this season.
- Tech has beaten two top-10 teams this season – No. 9 North Carolina and No. 6 Florida State – the first time the Yellow Jackets have beaten multiple top-10 teams in the same season since 2004-05 (No. 5 Wake Forest in the regular season and No. 2 North Carolina in the ACC Tournament). It is the first time since 2003-04 that the Jackets have beaten multiple top-10 teams in the regular season (No. 1 Connecticut, No. 10 Wake Forest, No. 3 Duke). It is the 18th time in program history that Tech has defeated multiple top-10 teams in the same season.
- Six of Tech’s first nine ACC games were played against teams ranked in the top 25. The Jackets have only one current top-25 team left on its schedule (Notre Dame on Feb. 26).
- Josh Okogie scored a game-high 23 points, the fourth time in ACC play he has scored 20 or more, but the first time he has done so in a losing effort. Okogie went 6-for-15 from the floor and 11-for-13 from the free throw line with four assists in 30 minutes. Okogie has scored in double digits in every ACC game but one, and in 18 of 23 games overall.
- Okogie has made 10 or more free throws in a game four times this season, and has attempted an average of 6.8 per game, which ranks third in the ACC. Okogie has connected on 76.3 percent of his charity tosses this season.
- Quinton Stephens recorded his fifth double-double this season with 14 points and 11 rebounds. It was his seventh double-figure scoring game against an ACC team and 15th overall this season. He has reached double figures in rebounds eight times and remains among the ACC’s top 10 in rebound average at 8.3 per game (8.5 pg in ACC games). He has averaged 10.2 boards over his last six games.
- Stephens went 4-for-7 from three-point range and has connected on 22 of 55 (40 percent) from beyond the arc in his last eight games.
- Ben Lammers, who played just 26 minutes due to foul trouble, was held below 10 points for just the third time. He scored seven points with seven rebounds and blocked three shots.
- Christian Matthews saw his most extensive playing time (14 minutes) of the season, scoring eight points (2-3 FG, 2-2 on threes, 2-2 FT) .
- Sylvester Ogbonda played a career-high 14 minutes in relief of a foul-plagued Ben Lammers and scored five points with two rebounds, a blocked shot and a steal.
- Corey Heyward, who started his fourth straight game, played 23 more turnover-free minutes. In his four starts, he has committed just one turnover in 106 minutes.