Georgia Tech 71, Syracuse 65
Feb. 19, 2017
- Georgia Tech starting lineup: Heath, Heyward, Okogie, Stephens, Lammers (eighth straight game this season with this lineup)
- First subs for Georgia Tech: Jackson for Heyward, 13:41 – 1st half
- On the floor for Georgia Tech at the end: Heath, Heyward, Okogie, Stephens, Lammers
- Opening tap won by Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech has won the opening tap in 13 of 27 games this season.
- Series record vs. Syracuse: Georgia Tech is 4-4 overall, 2-1 at home, 1-1 at McCamish Pavilion, 1-0 under Josh Pastner, 4-4 vs. Jim Boeheim
- Current series streak: Tech snapped a two-game losing streak in the series
- Georgia Tech is 14-3 at McCamish Pavilion this season, 57-29 in its fifth season in the building, 14-3 under Josh Pastner
- Georgia Tech’s next game: February 21, 2017 vs. NC State, 8 p.m., McCamish Pavilion, Atlanta, Ga. [ACC Network, 680 AM, 93.7 FM, Sirius 132, XM 194]
- Georgia Tech has started Josh Heath, Corey Heyward, Ben Lammers, Josh Okogie and Quinton Stephens for the last eight games and nine times this season. Three Yellow Jackets – Lammers, Okogie and Stephens – have started every game this season.
- Tech has played its last four games without backup forward Abdoulaye Gueye (fractured wrist).
- Tech has won six consecutive home games to improve to 14-3 at McCamish Pavilion this season, becoming the sixth Yellow Jacket team to win 14 or more home games in one season (14-0 in 1962-63, 14-2 in 1994-95, 16-1 in 2006-07, 14-2 in 2009-10 and 14-5 in 2015-16). The Jackets have two more home games left, and the program record for home wins is 16.
- Tech trailed at the half against Syracuse (32-29) for the third straight game and for the 12th time this season. The Yellow Jackets improved to 3-9 this season when trailing at the half.
- Tech had a 40-22 advantage on points in the paint against the Orange, the third straight game the Yellow Jackets have come out on top in that category.
- Tech reached its magic number for points (70), and remained undefeated this season (13-0) when doing so.
- Tech shot 47.3 percent from the floor (60 percent in the second half), the seventh time in ACC play that the Yellow Jackets have exceeded 45 percent.
- Tech held Syracuse to 65 points, 11.4 under its average in ACC games, and to 35.7 percent shooting from the floor, nearly 11 percentage points under the Orange’s season clip of 46.4 percent. The Yellow Jackets have allowed its ACC opponents 40.3 percent (1st in the conference) and 39.4 percent overall (tied for 1st).
- Tech turned the ball over 15 times to Syracuse’s 13, but took better advantage of the Orange’s miscues, scoring 17 points to Syracuse’s 11 off turnovers.
- Tech also scored 20 points in transition (to Syracuse’s five), the most fast-break points scored by the Yellow Jackets this season against a Division I team (28 vs. Tusculum) and the biggest margin.
- Pastner meter 1 (assists to made field goals): Tech had 19 assists on 26 made field goals (73.1 pct.) vs. Syracuse - 60 percent goal accomplished. Tech is at 63.99 percent for the season, which ranks 8th in the nation, and 67.7 percent in ACC games.
- Pastner meter 2 (free throws made to opponents’ attempts): Tech made 15 of 22 free throws to Syracuse’s 7 of 12 (goal of making more than opponent tries accomplished). The Yellow Jackets maintain a 71.7-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 14 of Tech’s 25 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).
- Ben Lammers had 10 points by halftime and finished with 23, his 24th double-digit scoring game in 27 this season. It was his fourth 20-plus game against an ACC team this season, fifth overall. He went 11-of-18 from the floor, adding two assists and three steals in 40 minutes.
- Josh Okogie scored 13 points, his 22nd double-digit game out of 27 games overall this season and his 13th in 14 ACC games. He had nine of his points by halftime. He went 3-of-9 from the floor, 6-of-8 from the foul line, with two assists in 38 minutes.
- Lammers blocked seven more shots, four of them by halftime, improving his season average to 3.41, which ranks No. 2 nationally and leads the ACC. He has averaged 3.07 in ACC games. Lammers’ 92 blocked shots for the season are the fourth most in Tech history and the most by any played not named Alvin Jones, who holds the top three positions (141 in 1997-98, 107 in 1998-99, 101 in 2000-01).
- Tadric Jackson scored 20 points to post his fifth double-digit game in Tech’s last seven games, and his third game of 20 or more points in that stretch (25 vs. Notre Dame. 29 vs. Boston College). He is averaging 15.3 points and 2.5 assists over that stretch and has hit 50.6 percent (43 of 85) of his shots from the floor, 9 of 23 from three.
- Quinton Stephens had a career-high eight assists, easily surpassing his previous high of five set at NC State earlier this year (Jan. 15). He finished the game with seven points, six rebounds and two steals in 40 minutes.
- Lammers and Stephens each played the full 40 minutes for the third time this season, becoming the first Tech players to do that three times in one season since Matt Harpring did it five times during the 1996-97 season.
- Josh Heath dished five more assists (with just two turnovers, seven points and six rebounds in 38 minutes) and is averaging 5.21 in ACC games (fourth-best in the ACC). He also hit 3 of 4 free throws in the final 30 seconds to seal the game for Tech.
- Corey Heyward, who started his eighth straight game, played 13 more turnover-free minutes against Miami. In his eight starts, he has committed just two turnovers in 167 minutes. He has played 17 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.