Georgia Tech 61, Pittsburgh 52
March 1, 2017
- Georgia Tech starting lineup: Heath, Heyward, Okogie, Stephens, Lammers
- First subs for Georgia Tech: Jackson for Heyward, 15:22 – 1st half
- On the floor for Georgia Tech at the end: Jackson, McCormick, Moore, Price, Rowland
- Opening tap won by Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech has won the opening tap in 14 of 30 games this season.
- Series record vs. Pittsburgh: Georgia Tech is 7-3 overall, 4-1 at home, 2-1 at McCamish Pavilion, 1-0 under Josh Pastner, 4-3 vs. Kevin Stallings
- Current series streak: Georgia Tech has won the last two meetings
- Georgia Tech is 15-4 at McCamish Pavilion this season, 58-30 in its fifth season in the building, 15-4 under Josh Pastner
- Georgia Tech’s next game: March 4, 2017 at Pittsburgh, 4 p.m., Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y. [ACC Network, 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 11 games and 12 times this season. Three Yellow Jackets – Lammers, Okogie and Stephens – have started every game this season.
- Tech has played its last seven games without backup forward Abdoulaye Gueye (fractured wrist).
- Tech wore gold uniforms at home for the second time this season, part of its Goldout promotion. The Jackets wore gold against Georgia in December.
- The Yellow Jackets finished their regular-season home schedule with a 15-4 record. They are one of two Tech teams to win 15 or more home games in one season, one win shy of the 16-1 mark set by the 2006-07 squad.
- Tech trailed at the half against Pittsburgh (28-25) for the sixth straight game and for the eighth straight ACC game (15th time this season). The Yellow Jackets have trailed at the half in four of their eight ACC victories. Tech is 4-11 this season when trailing at the half.
- Tech shot 46.2 percent from the floor to Pittsburgh’s 37.7 percent, and improved to 17-3 this season when shooting a higher percentage than its opponent.
- Tech held Pittsburgh 18 points under its 69.8 ppg scoring average vs. ACC teams this season, and 4.5 percentage points under its 42.2-percent floor rate for the season. The Yellow Jackets remain No. 1 in the ACC in field goal percentage defense (40.0 pct.) vs. ACC foes, No. 3 in scoring defense (67.5 ppg).
- The 52 points allowed by Tech were a season low in an ACC game, and second only to the 50 allowed to Alcorn State on Dec. 18.
- Tech played excellent defense without blocking shots (only three) or making steals (only five). Tech has had fewer blocks in only three games this season.
- Tech shot 63.6 percent in the second half, making its last seven shots from the floor and 10 of its last 11.
- The Yellow Jackets outscored Pitt in the paint, 32-14, and has outscored its last two opponents by a combined 70-30 in the paint. The Jackets have outscored their last six straight foes in the paint.
- Tech failed to reach its magic number for points (70), and is 4-13 this season when scoring less than 70.
- Tech turned the ball over 11 times, one of the four lowest figures of the ACC season for the Yellow Jackets (three games with 11, one with 10).
- Tech allowed Pitt eight fast break points, and has outscored its last six opponents on fast breaks, 61-22.
- Tech out-rebounded Pitt, 33-31, its second game in a row on the plus side.
- Pastner meter 1 (assists to made field goals): Tech had 14 assists on 24 made field goals (58.3 pct.) vs. Pittsburgh – falling short of its 60 percent goal. It dropped Tech’s season rate to 62.0 percent, and 63.4 percent in ACC games.
- Pastner meter 2 (free throws made to opponents’ attempts): Tech made 10-of-15 free throws, to Pittsburgh’s 5-of-10 (goal of making more than opponent tries not accomplished). The Yellow Jackets maintain a 70.3-percent clip from the foul line in ACC games, 68.4 percent in all games.
- Pastner meter 3 (guard rebounding): Tech’s guards combined for 17 of Tech’s 28 defensive rebounds, 39 of 57 in Tech’s last two games.
- Ben Lammers scored 20 or more points for the fifth time in ACC play, four of those games have been victories. He reached double digits in scoring for the 13th time in 17 ACC games and for the 26th time in 30 games overall this season. He went 8-of-13 from the floor to improve his season rate to 51.7 percent.
- Lammers’ four rebounds were his second fewest of the season (had three at Miami).
- Lammers blocked only one shot, but it gave him 101 for the season, tying for the third-most in Tech history for a single season. Alvin Jones holds the top three positions (141 in 1997-98, 107 in 1998-99, 101 in 2000-01). Lammers is averaging 3.37 blocks per game, which ranks No. 2 nationally and leads the ACC, and 3.06 in ACC games.
- Josh Okogie scored 14 points (5-of-9 FG, 4-of-7 FT), his 25th double-digit game this year and his 16th in 17 ACC games. He is averaging a team-high 17.2 points per ACC game, 15.5 in all games. Only six times previously has a freshman led Tech in scoring.
- Tadric Jackson scored four points against Pitt, his fewest since tallying two Feb. 4 at Wake Forest. But he played 27 solid minutes with two assists and just one turnover.
- Quinton Stephens shook off a poor first half (five points, no rebounds) to finish with nine points, six rebounds and five assists.
- Four Yellow Jackets played 35 or more minutes against Pittsburgh. Ben Lammers, who is averaging 35 minutes per game, played 35 against Pittsburgh, his fewest in an ACC game since logging 26 at Wake Forest on Feb. 4, a game in which he sat for a long period with foul trouble.
- Josh Heath had nine points, six rebounds and five assists, just the third time this season he has had a 5-5-5 game.
- Corey Heyward, who started his 11th straight game, played 10 more turnover-free minutes against Pitt. In his 11 starts, he has committed just two turnovers in 198 minutes. He has played 20 turnover-free games this season.