Miami 70, Georgia Tech 61
Feb. 16, 2017
- Georgia Tech starting lineup: Heath, Heyward, Okogie, Stephens, Lammers (seventh straight game this season with this lineup)
- First subs for Georgia Tech: Jackson for Heyward, 13:33 – 1st half
- On the floor for Georgia Tech at the end: Heath, Jackson, Lammers, McCormick, Stephens
- Opening tap won by Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech has won the opening tap in 12 of 26 games this season.
- Series record vs. Miami: Georgia Tech is 8-13 overall, 4-6 on the road, 3-5 at Watsco Center, 0-1 under Josh Pastner, 2-6 vs. Jim Larranaga
- Current series streak: Miami won the last two 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 19, 2017 vs. Syracuse, 6:30 p.m., McCamish Pavilion, Atlanta, Ga. [ESPNU, 680 AM, 93.7 FM, Sirius 81, XM 81]
- Georgia Tech started Josh Heath, Corey Heyward, Ben Lammers, Josh Okogie and Quinton Stephens for the seventh game in a row and for the eighth 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).
- Tech trailed at the half (38-32) for the second straight game and for the 11th time this season. The Yellow Jackets are 2-9 this season when trailing at the half..
- Tech had a 28-22 advantage on points in the paint, the second straight game the Yellow Jackets have come out on top in that category.
- Tech did not reach its magic number for points (70), and fell to 3-11 this season when it scores fewer than 70.
- Tech shot 48.1 percent from the floor, its highest field goal percentage in a loss this season.
- Miami shot 55.3 percent from the floor on only 38 field goal attempts, just the second opponent to shoot 50 percent or better against Tech this season (Duke 55.7 pct.). The Yellow came into the Miami game allowing its ACC opponents 39.6 percent (1st in the conference) and 39.9 percent overall (2nd in the conference).
- Tech attempted just three free throws in the game, its fewest of the season. The Jackets had not attempted as few as three free throws since going 3-for-3 at Kentucky on Jan. 15, 2000. Tech also attempted three (made two) in a Jan. 14, 1989 game at NC State. Miami went to the line 27 times (made 22), most by a Tech opponent this season.
- Tech also set season lows for rebounds (outrebounded 31-17) and offensive rebounds (2). Miami held a 6-0 edge in second-chance points.
- Pastner meter 1 (assists to made field goals): Tech had 17 assists on 25 made field goals (68 pct.) vs. Miami - 60 percent goal accomplished. Tech is at 63.6 percent for the season, which ranks 10th in the nation, and 67.2 percent in ACC games.
- Pastner meter 2 (free throws made to opponents’ attempts): Tech made 2 of 3 free throws to Miami’s 22 of 27 (goal of making more than opponent tries not accomplished). The Yellow Jackets maintain a 72.0-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 four of Tech’s 15 defensive rebounds. Miami’s guards grabbed 15 of its 26 defensive rebounds.
- 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).
- Josh Okogie scored 18 points, his 21st double-digit game out of 26 games overall this season and his 12th in 13 ACC games. He had 10 of his points by halftime. He went 7-for-11 from the floor and hit a season-high four threes in five attempts.
- Ben Lammers had 11 points by halftime and finished with 15, his 23rd double-digit scoring game in 26 this season. He went 6-for-12 from the floor with three assists.
- Lammers blocked four more shots to exceed his average coming into the game of 3.24, which ranks No. 2 nationally and leads the ACC.
- Lammers played the full 40 minutes for the second time this season (also Notre Dame), becoming the first Tech player to do that twice in one season since Matt Harpring did it three times during the 1996-97 season (Quinton Stephens has played one 40-minute game and one 40-minus game, meaning he sat for less than 30 seconds, this season).
- Lammers, who tried the first three-point field goal of his career Feb. 1 at Clemson (missed), made his first one against Miami, banking in his attempt as the shot clock horn sounded.
- Josh Heath dished nine more assists (with just one turnover in 38 minutes) and is averaging 5.23 in ACC games (fifth-best in the ACC).
- Corey Heyward, who started his seventh straight game, played 20 more turnover-free minutes against Miami. In his seven starts, he has committed just two turnovers in 154 minutes. He has played 16 turnover-free games this season.
- Since notching his fifth double-double of the season (14 points, 11 rebounds at Wake Forest), Quinton Stephens has scored a total of 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in his last three games. He played only five minutes against Boston College due to a sprained ankle and did not score a point or take a rebound.