CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Despite a game-high 22 points from senior Ben Lammers, Georgia Tech men's basketball was unable to upend first-ranked Virginia, falling 65-54 on Wednesday night.
With his performance, Lammers became the 45th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point plateau, to help the Yellow Jackets (11-17, 4-11 ACC) trail by no more than 12 overall and by just one at halftime as the first 20 minutes were played within six points.
In the defensive-minded game, the Cavaliers (25-2, 14-1 ACC) had just one player in double figures as Ty Jerome scored 18 points on just 5-of-9 shooting (4-of-6 from three-point range). Despite the lack of high scorers, the Cavaliers shot an ultra-efficient 47.8 percent from the field and 50 percent from downtown to keep the Jackets at bay.
Joining Lammers in double digits on offense for Tech was Tadric Jackson who finished with 15 points on 6-of-14 shooting and three key three-pointers. On the boards, Moses Wright and Lammers both led Tech with seven total boards, while Josh Okogie hauled in six.
In an evenly matched statistical game, Virginia did hold a significant advantage in bench points (19-4) over the injury-riddled Yellow Jackets, while both teams played to an even 26-26 points in the paint. Georgia Tech did manage to shoot 43.1 percent from the field and score 54 points, one six ACC teams to accomplish the feat against the league's leading scoring defense.
Georgia Tech will battle another top-15 program when it heads to Clemson to face the No. 12/10 Tigers on Saturday, Feb. 24. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m.
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