Syracuse 90, Georgia Tech 61
March 4, 2017
- Georgia Tech starting lineup: Heath, Heyward, Okogie, Stephens, Lammers
- First subs for Georgia Tech: Jackson for Heyward, 16:49-1st half
- On the floor for Georgia Tech at the end: Heyward, McCormick, Moore, Ogbonda, Price
- Opening tap won by Syracuse. Georgia Tech has won the opening tap in 14 of 31 games this season.
- Series record vs. Syracuse: Georgia Tech is 4-5 overall, 1-3 on the road, 1-3 at Carrier Dome, 1-1 under Josh Pastner, 4-5 vs. Jim Boeheim
- Current series streak: Syracuse won the last meeting
- Georgia Tech’s next game: March 7, 2017 vs. Pittsburgh, 7 p.m., Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y. [ACC Network/ESPNU, 680 AM, 93.7 FM, Sirius 81, XM 81]
- With its loss to Syracuse, Georgia Tech finished the regular season in 11th place and has the No. 11 seed in next week’s ACC Tournament. The Yellow Jackets will open the tournament at 7 p.m. Tuesday night against Pittsburgh, a team it defeated at home last Tuesday, 61-52. The winner of that game will take on No. 6-seed Virginia at 9 p.m. Wednesday.
- Tech has started Josh Heath, Corey Heyward, Ben Lammers, Josh Okogie and Quinton Stephens for the last 12 games and 13 times this season. Three Yellow Jackets – Lammers, Okogie and Stephens – have started every game this season.
- Tech has played its last eight games without backup forward Abdoulaye Gueye (fractured wrist).
- The Yellow Jackets finished their regular-season road schedule with a 2-10 record, 1-8 in the ACC.
- Syracuse’s 90 points were the second-most that Tech has given up this season. Duke defeated Tech, 110-57, on Jan. 4.
- Syracuse became the fourth opponent to shoot 50 percent or better against Tech this season (Tennessee, Duke, Miami were the others). The Orange’s 54.7 percent was the third highest behind Duke’s 55.7 and Miami’s 55.3.
- Syracuse connected on 15 of 23 three-point attempts, tying for the most threes ever surrendered by Tech in a game. It matched the 15 scored previously by Louisville (1/15/94) and Presbyterian (1/6/08). The previous best for an ACC team against Tech was 14 by Clemson on Jan. 24, 2001.
- Andrew White scored 40 points and became the 10th player to score 40 against the Yellow Jackets, and the first since Olivier Hanlan of Boston College scored 41 against Tech in the ACC Tournament on March 14, 2013.
- The Yellow Jackets outscored Syracuse in the paint, 34-18, and has outscored its last three opponents by a combined 104-48 in the paint. The Jackets have outscored their last seven straight foes in the paint.
- Tech failed to reach its magic number for points (70), and is 4-14 this season when scoring less than 70.
- Despite Tech’s low point total against Syracuse, four Yellow Jackets scored in double figures. Four or more Jackets have scored in double digits 12 times this season, and Tech is 8-4 in those games.
- Tech has averaged just 60.7 points over its last three games. The Jackets have won eight ACC games this season while averaging 65.1 points per game, which ranks 14th in the ACC and is the sixth-lowest average in program history.
- Tech allowed Syracuse 14 fast break points, more than it had allowed in its last three games combined.
- Pastner meter 1 (assists to made field goals): Tech had 15 assists on 25 made field goals (60 pct.) vs. Syracuse – meeting its 60 percent goal. It dropped Tech’s season rate to 61.9 percent, and 63.2 percent in ACC games.
- Pastner meter 2 (free throws made to opponents’ attempts): Tech made 6-of-11 free throws, to Syracuse’s 17-of-22 (goal of making more than opponent tries not accomplished). The Yellow Jackets maintain a 69.8-percent clip from the foul line in ACC games, 68.1 percent in all games.
- Pastner meter 3 (guard rebounding): Tech’s guards combined for seven of Tech’s 23 defensive rebounds, 46 of 80 in Tech’s last three games.
- Josh Okogie scored a team-high 16 points (6-of-8 FG, 4-of-5 FT), his 26th double-digit game this year and his 17th in 18 ACC games. He is averaging a team-high 17.1 points per ACC game, 15.5 in all games. Only six times previously has a freshman led Tech in scoring; he finished the regular season as Tech’s leader and its highest-scoring freshman since Chris Bosh in 2002-03.
- Ben Lammers scored 10 points, reaching double digits in scoring for the 14th time in 18 ACC games and for the 27th time in 31 games overall this season. He went 5-of-9 from the floor to improve his season rate to 51.8 percent. Lammers finished the regular season as Tech’s second-leading scorer (14.8 ppg) and leading rebounder (9.2 rpg).
- Lammers’ missed his 14th double-double by one rebound, but added three assists and two steals.
- Lammers blocked two shots, giving him 103 for the season, the third-highest season total for a Tech player. Alvin Jones holds the top two positions (141 in 1997-98, 107 in 1998-99). Lammers is averaging 3.32 blocks per game, which ranks No. 2 nationally and leads the ACC, and 3.0 in ACC games.
- Tadric Jackson scored 11 points for his 18th double-figure game this season and eighth in Tech’s last 11 games. He finished the regular season as Tech’s third leading scorer (11.7 ppg).
- Quinton Stephens scored 12 points and returned to double figures for the first time in three games. It was his 17th double-digit game of the year. He added six rebounds, four assists and made two threes, giving him a team-high 45 for the season.
- 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. In Tech’s previous five games, he had played 197 out of a possible 200 minutes.
- 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 he has committed just four turnovers in 207 minutes over his last 12 games, coinciding with his return to the Tech starting lineup. He has played 20 turnover-free games this season.