NC State 71, Georgia Tech 69
Feb. 21, 2017
- Georgia Tech starting lineup: Heath, Heyward, Okogie, Stephens, Lammers (ninth straight game this season with this lineup)
- First subs for Georgia Tech: Jackson for Okogie, 15:45 – 1st half
- On the floor for Georgia Tech at the end: Heath, Jackson, Lammers, Okogie, Stephens
- Opening tap won by NC State. Georgia Tech has won the opening tap in 13 of 28 games this season.
- Series record vs. NC State: Georgia Tech is 39-57 overall, 22-18 at home, 0-3 at McCamish Pavilion, 1-1 under Josh Pastner, 3-6 vs. Mark Gottfried
- Current series streak: NC State snapped a two-game losing streak in the series
- Georgia Tech is 14-4 at McCamish Pavilion this season, 57-30 in its fifth season in the building, 14-4 under Josh Pastner
- Georgia Tech’s next game: February 26, 2017 vs. Notre Dame, 6:30 p.m., Purcell Pavilion, South Bend, Ind. [ESPNU, 680 AM, 93.7 FM, Sirius 81, XM 81]
- Georgia Tech has started Josh Heath, Corey Heyward, Ben Lammers, Josh Okogie and Quinton Stephens for the last nine games and 10 times this season. Three Yellow Jackets – Lammers, Okogie and Stephens – have started every game this season.
- Tech has played its last five games without backup forward Abdoulaye Gueye (fractured wrist).
- Tech trailed at the half against NC State (39-30) for the fourth straight game and for the sixth straight ACC game (13th time this season).
Except for the Duke game, it matched Tech’s largest halftime deficit in ACC games this season. The Yellow Jackets fell to 3-10 this season when trailing at the half.
- The loss to NC State snapped a six-game homecourt winning streak and dropped the Yellow Jackets to 14-4 at home this season. They are one of six Tech teams 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).
- Tech has lost all three of its games against NC State in McCamish Pavilion.
- Tech had a 38-28 advantage on points in the paint against the Wolfpack, the fourth straight game the Yellow Jackets have come out on top in that category.
- Tech failed to reach its magic number for points (70), and is 3-12 this season when scoring less than 70.
- Tech shot 44.8 percent from the floor to NC State’s 42.9, only the third time this season (16-3 record) that the Yellow Jackets have lost when shooting a higher percentage than its opponent.
- NC State’s 71 points was 3.8 points under its average in ACC games, and its 42.9 percent shooting from the floor was 3.2 percent under its season norm. The Yellow Jackets have allowed its ACC opponents 40.4 percent (1st in the conference) and 39.6 percent overall (2nd).
- Tech turned the ball over 11 times, one off the Jackets’ season low in an ACC games to NC State’s 14.
- Tech also scored 15 points in transition NC State’s four, and has outscored its last three opponents on fast breaks, 46-14.
- Tech was out-rebounded 40-28, its second largest deficit of the ACC season (Miami was plus-14), giving up 13 offensive rebounds and 14 second-chance points. Tech also had only seven offensive rebounds and five second-chance points.
- The Yellow Jackets blocked eight more shots and improved its season average to 6.32, which ranks third nationally.
- Pastner meter 1 (assists to made field goals): Tech had 13 assists on 26 made field goals (50 pct.) vs. NC State – falling short of its 60 percent goal. Tech is at 63.46 percent for the season, which ranks 8th in the nation, and 66.4 percent in ACC games.
- Pastner meter 2 (free throws made to opponents’ attempts): Tech made 13 of 22 free throws to NC State’s 9 of 14 (goal of making more than opponent tries not accomplished). The Yellow Jackets maintain a 70.7-percent clip from the foul line in ACC games, 68.5 percent in all games.
- Pastner meter 3 (guard rebounding): Tech’s guards combined for only five of Tech’s 21 defensive rebounds.
- Josh Okogie scored 25 points (11-of-17 FG), his fifth game of 20 or more points in ACC play this season. In two games against NC State this season, he scored 52 points, hitting 21 of 35 shots from the floor (60 percent). He has 23 double-digit games out of 28 games overall this season and his 14 in 15 ACC games.
- Tadric Jackson scored 17 points to post his sixth double-digit game in Tech’s last eight games. He is averaging 15.5 points and 2.3 assists over that stretch and has hit 48.1 percent (50 of 104) of his shots from the floor, 11 of 29 from three.
- Quinton Stephens posted his sixth double-double of the season (11 points, 10 rebounds) and his third of the ACC schedule. He also had three assists, a block and two steals in 40 minutes.
- Ben Lammers suffered through his poorest offensive performance of the season, scoring six points while hitting just 1-of-9 shots from the floor. His only field goal came with 44 seconds left in the game. He hit 4-of-8 from the free throw line. Lammers has missed double digits in points just four times this season. He did grab eight rebounds.
- Lammers blocked four more shots, giving him 96 for the season, 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). He is averaging 3.42 blocks per game, which ranks No. 2 nationally and leads the ACC, and 3.13 in ACC games.
- Stephens each played the full 40 minutes for the fourth time this season, becoming the first Tech player to do that since Matt Harpring did it five times during the 1996-97 season. Lammers played 39 minutes against NC State, but has three 40-minute games under his belt this season.
- Josh Heath dished six more assists (with five points and two steals in 35 minutes) and is averaging 5.27 in ACC games (fourth-best in the ACC).
- Corey Heyward, who started his ninth straight game, played nine more turnover-free minutes against NC State. In his nine starts, he has committed just two turnovers in 176 minutes. He has played 18 turnover-free games this season.