Georgia Tech 65, Boston College 54
Feb. 11, 2017
- Georgia Tech starting lineup: Heath, Heyward, Okogie, Stephens, Lammers (sixth straight game this season with this lineup)
- First subs for Georgia Tech: Jackson, Ogbonda for Heyward, Lammers, 15:43 – 1st half
- On the floor for Georgia Tech at the end: Heath, Heyward, Jackson, Lammers, Okogie
- Opening tap won by Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech has won the opening tap in 12 of 25 games this season.
- Series record vs. Boston College: Georgia Tech is 14-10 overall, 6-2 at home, 2-1 at McCamish Pavilion, 1-0 under Josh Pastner, 2-2 vs. Jim Christian
- Current series streak: Georgia Tech has won five of the last seven meetings
- Georgia Tech is 13-3 at McCamish Pavilion this season, 56-29 in its fifth season in the building, 13-3 under Josh Pastner
- Georgia Tech’s next game: February 15, 2017 at Miami, 8 p.m., Watsco Center, Coral Gables, Fla. [ACC Network, 680 AM, 93.7 FM, Sirius 135, XM 382]
- Georgia Tech stands at .500 (6-6) for the season through 12 games for the first time since the 2009-10 team (also 6-6). That team finished 7-9.
- Tech started Josh Heath, Corey Heyward, Ben Lammers, Josh Okogie and Quinton Stephens for the sixth game in a row and for the seventh time this season. Three Yellow Jackets – Lammers, Okogie and Stephens – have started every game this season.
- Tech played its third straight game without backup forward Abdoulaye Gueye (fractured wrist). Backup point guard Justin Moore returned after a two-game absence (abdominal injury). Quinton Stephens played only five minutes after re-injuring his left ankle (first suffered against Notre Dame).
- Tech missed its first 10 shots from the floor, 1 for its first 19, and 2 for its first 24, and went 22-for-35 the rest of the game. The Yellow Jackets finished the first half at 5-of-30 (16.7 percent). The Jackets flipped that around by connecting on 65.5 percent (19-of-29) in the second half and finished at 40.7 percent.
- Tech trailed at the half (22-15), with its fewest points of the season (Jackets scored 18 vs. Louisville and Georgia). It was Tech’s fewest points in a half since scoring 12 in the second half at Virginia during the 2014-15 season. The Yellow Jackets flipped that around by scoring 50 points after intermission, Tech’s highest-scoring half of the season other than the 58-point first half against Tusculum.
- Tech overcame its largest deficit of the season to win. The Jackets trailed Notre Dame by 10 in the first half and came back to win. It was the largest deficit Tech has erased to win a game since Clemson in last year’s ACC Tournament (won 88-85 in overtime after trailing by 18).
- Ben Lammers (14 points, 17 rebounds) and Josh Okogie (12 points, 12 rebounds) both had double-doubles against Boston College, the fifth time this season two Tech players have notched double-doubles in the same game. One of those was a points-assists double-double by Josh Heath at NC State.
- Tech had a 40-30 advantage on points in the paint, the first time in three ACC games the Jackets have come out on top in that category.
- Tech did not reach its magic number for points (70), but improved to 3-10 this season when it scores fewer than 70.
- Tech outshot Boston College 40.7 percent to 32.8 percent and improved to 15-1 when shooting a higher percentage from the floor than its opponent this season.
- Tech held its fifth ACC opponent and its 11th opponent overall this season under 40 percent from the floor. The Yellow Jackets lead the ACC in field goal percentage defense against conference teams (39.9 percent) and rank third in that category against all opponents (39.2 percent).
- Tech held its ninth ACC opponent in 12 games significantly below its season scoring average and offensive field goal percentage. Boston College scored 54 points after averaging 73.5 in its first 12 conference games, and shot 32.8 percent after coming into the game at 46.0 percent for the season.
- Pastner meter 1 (assists to made field goals): Tech had 18 assists on 24 made field goals (75 pct.) vs. Boston College (15 on 19 in the second half) - 60 percent goal accomplished. Tech is at 63.4 percent for the season, which ranks 13th in the nation, and 67.1 percent in ACC games.
- Pastner meter 2 (free throws made to opponents’ attempts): Tech made 14 of 21 free throws to Boston College’s 6-of-12 (goal of making more than opponent tries accomplished). The Yellow Jackets maintain a 72.1-percent clip from the foul line in ACC games, 68.9 percent in all games.
- Pastner meter 3 (guard rebounding): Tech’s guards combined for 22 of Tech’s 41 defensive rebounds, 20 by Josh Okogie and Justin Moore alone.
- Georgia Tech has defeated three top-25 teams 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).
- Ben Lammers notched his 12th double-double this season (14 points, 17 rebounds), reaching double figures in points with a bucket at the 2:18 mark of the season half. He had 14 of his 17 rebounds by halftime.
- Lammers reached double digits in rebounds for the first time in four games (10 vs. Notre Dame) with a career-high 17. It was his 12th double-digit rebound this season. His previous best was 15 vs. Southern in the second game of this season. The 17 rebounds was the third-most by a Tech player in an ACC game.
- Lammers didn’t get his first points until the 2:50 mark of the first half. He had 13 rebounds by that time.
- Tadric Jackson scored a career-high 29 points to post his fourth double-digit game in Tech’s last five games, and set a new career best for the second time in five games (25 vs. Notre Dame). It was his fourth game of more than 20 points this season (20 vs. Southern, 24 at VCU, 25 vs. Notre Dame). He is averaging 15.6 points and 2.6 assists over that stretch and has hit 31 of 62 shots from the floor, 6 of 12 from three.
- Jackson’s 29 points was the most by a Tech player coming off the bench since Matt Causey went off for 30 in a game against Virginia Tech on Jan. 19, 2008.
- Justin Moore played for the first time in three games. He grabbed a season and career-high seven rebounds, surpassing his previous best of six against North Carolina. He also hit one three-point field goal, which gave Tech its first lead of the game at 34-32 with 12:28 left in the second half.
- Josh Okogie scored 12 points, his 20th double-digit game out of 25 games overall. He grabbed 12 rebounds for his third double-digit rebound game this season and his second double-double.
- Lammers and Okogie each played 39 minutes, and Josh Heath played 38. Lammers is averaging 35.7 minutes in ACC games, 34.3 overall. Jackson and Moore combined for 61 minutes off the bench.
- Josh Heath dished seven more assists and is averaging 4.9 in ACC games. Moore added six with just one turnover.
- Lammers blocked three shots and Tech swatted seven, both figures near their respective season averages. Lammers ranks second in the nation at 3.24 per game and has 132 for his career, No. 7 on Tech’s all-time list.
- Corey Heyward, who started his seventh straight game, played 10 minutes with one turnover. In his six starts, he has committed just two turnovers in 134 minutes.