Post-Game Notes (Game 32)
March 6, 2018
- Georgia Tech starting lineup: Jackson, Okogie, Cole, Wright, Lammers
- First subs for Georgia Tech: Alston for Wright – 13:28, 1st half
- On the floor for Georgia Tech at the end: Okogie, Cole, Wright, Gueye, Lammers
- Opening tap won by Wake Forest: Georgia Tech has won the opening tap 13 times in 32 games this season
- Series record vs. Wake Forest: Georgia Tech is 14-12 overall, 1-3 in the ACC Tournament, 10-11 as ACC members, 1-2 under Josh Pastner, 2-4 vs. Jim Christian
- Current series streak: Boston College won the last two meetings
- Georgia Tech is 12-7 at McCamish Pavilion this season, 72-37 in its sixth season in the building, 29-11 under Josh Pastner
- Georgia Tech is 1-10 on the road this season, 1-11 away from McCamish Pavilion
- Georgia Tech’s next game: 2018-19 season
- Georgia Tech earned the 13th seed in next week’s New York Life ACC Tournament and will play its first-round game at 12 p.m. Tuesday against Boston College, which wound up with the No. 12 seed. The winner of that game will advance and play the No. 5 seed (Miami) at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Tech’s No. 13 seed matches the lowest it has had (2015) in the tournament.
- Georgia Tech had three players on its roster with 1,000 points (Tadric Jackson, Ben Lammers, Josh Okogie) for the first time since 1989 (Tom Hammonds, Brian Oliver, Dennis Scott), and for just the third time in the ACC era (Mark Price, John Salley, Bruce Dalrymple in 1986).
- For the last five games of the season, freshmen forwards Evan Cole and Moses Wright started alongside Ben Lammers on the front line, with Tadric Jackson and Josh Okogie in the backcourt. Cole started his sixth straight game, and Wright his fifth in a row, ninth overall this season. Georgia Tech has used eight different starting lineups this season.
- Tech has had its full roster to practice only for seven games this season. Injuries or other absences have forced Tech players to miss 46 games cumulatively this season. Freshman Jose Alvarado and Curtis Haywood II both suffered season-ending injuries, Alvarado on Feb. 11 early in Tech’s game against Duke, and Haywood prior to the Jackets’ Jan. 31 game against Syracuse.
- Ben Lammers was the only Tech player to start every game this season, and has started Tech’s last 70 consecutive games. Brandon Alston was the only other player not to have missed a game.
- Tech’s playing rotation this season featured four freshmen and a first-year graduate transfer who have combined to start 68 games and log 43 percent of the Yellow Jackets’ total minutes.
- Boston College’s 87 points were the second most given up by Georgia Tech this season, one shy of the season high of 88 scored by Florida State on Jan. 24. The Yellow Jackets yielded 75 or more points in eight of their last 10 games.
- BC also hit 29 of 37 shots from the free throw line, both season highs against Georgia Tech and the most the Yellow Jackets have surrendered in the last two seasons.
- Tech forced 17 Boston College turnovers, and scored 18 points from them. The Jackets forced 39 turnovers in their final two games combined.
PASTNER’S KEY METRICS
- Assists to made field goals: Tech assisted on 14 of 29 made field goals (48.2 percent) against Wake Forest, falling short of its nightly goal of 60 percent. The Jackets assisted on 54.3 percent of their made field goals for the season (53.9 percent vs. the ACC), after finishing last season at 62.7 percent (63.2 percent rate in ACC games).
- Free throws made to opponents’ attempts: Tech connected on 14-of-19 free throw attempts to Boston College’s 29-of-37 (nightly goal of making more than opponent tries not accomplished). For the season, Tech converted 439 free throws, while opponents attempted 569 (207/327 in ACC games). Tech is 30-10 under Josh Pastner when attempting more free throws than the opponent.
- Turnovers: Tech committed 12.8 turnovers per game this season, down from last season (13.4), and 12.7 in ACC games, down from 13.3 last season. Pastner’s threshold to win is nine or fewer, which the Jackets accomplished six times this season, four times in conference play.
- Guard rebounding: Tech’s guards combined for eight of Tech’s 28 defensive rebounds against Clemson. Tadric Jackson, Jose Alvarado and Josh Okogie all averaged 3.6 rebounds per game or higher this season.
- Josh Okogie’s 1,033 career points are the fourth most ever by a Tech player through his sophomore season, and the most since James Forrest accumulated 1,052 from 1991-93. He finished the 2017-18 season 43rd on Tech’s all-time list.
- Virginia was the only team to hold Josh Okogie under 10 points this season, limiting the sophomore guard to nine points in the first meeting on Jan. 18, and seven in the second on Feb. 21. The first game snapped a 25-game streak of double-digit games. He has scoffed in double digits in 38 of his last 40 games, 54 times in 6` career games. He has scored 30 or more three times (two vs. ACC), 20 or more 20 times (12 times in an ACC game).
- Okogie averaged 18.2 points per game after missing the first eight games of the season, including 18.3 in ACC games (fifth-best in league rankings). He averaged 16.1 points as a freshman, 17.1 against the ACC.
- Okogie finished the season as the ACC leader in free throw attempts per game (6.8) and converted 82.1 percent of his 162 total attempts. He has averaged 6.6 attempts for his career and made 77.7 percent.
- Okogie averaged 6.7 rebounds per game in ACC play, third best among league guards, and 6.3 for the season. Okogie snared 99 rebounds in his last 14 games (7.0), including a pair of double-digit games.
- Okogie had 51 assists in his last 17 games, a 3.0 average, dishing a career-high six at Clemson and getting five twice (second meeting vs. Notre Dame and at Florida State) in that stretch. He finished the season averaging 2.45 per game.
- Ben Lammers played the full 40 minutes for the sixth time this season, and for the third time in the last four games. Jose Alvarado logged eight complete games before he was injured, Okogie went start-to-finish five times, and Tadric Jackson had his first and only at Clemson.
- In his final collegiate game, Tadric Jackson matched his career high of 29 points against Boston College (previous 29 also came against Boston College last season at home), matched his career high of five assists and committed no turnovers in 37 minutes. He also established career highs of 13 field goals in 24 attempts, exceeding his previous bests of 12 and 21 last season against the Eagles.
- Jackson started and played the point guard position for the majority of the Jackets’ last five games, the first time he has played extensive minutes in that role, and has logged the four highest-minute games of his career (38 at Virginia, 40 at Clemson, 39 vs. NC State, 37 vs. Boston College). The 6-2 senior averaged 18.2 points and shot 43.3 percent from the floor in those five games (15 points at Virginia, 13 at Clemson, 22 points against NC State, 12 vs. Wake Forest, 29 vs. BC).
- Jackson reached double figures for the sixth straight game against Wake Forest following a three-game drought, and for the 21st time in 29 games this season.
- Jackson finished his career with 1,136 points, tied for 35th place with Jim Nolan (1946-49).
- Ben Lammers scored 18 points (4-9 FG, career-high 10 FT in 12 attempts) with six rebounds, four blocked shots, three assists and two steals in his final college game. Lammers averaged 15.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.1 blocks over his final five games in college. Lammers had 23 double-digit scoring games this season, 44 over the last two seasons.
- Lammers finished his career with 1,055 career points and holds 41st place. He also finished his career in 10th place on Tech’s career rebounding list with a total of 774, and in third place for career blocked shots with 254.
- Lammers averaged 36.0 minutes this season, sixth-most in the ACC (36.3 mpg vs. the ACC), and ranked No. 1 among centers nationally in average minutes played and percentage of possible minutes. Okogie averaged 37.2 minutes in ACC games. Both players rank among the ACC’s top 10 in minutes per conference game.
- Abdoulaye Gueye played 14 minutes and scored eight points (4-5 FG) with eight rebounds, his best combined production in points and rebounds since Jan. 28 vs. Clemson (14 and 8).