Post-Game Notes (Game 4)
Nov. 24, 2017
- Georgia Tech starting lineup: Alvarado, Alston, Haywood II, Lammers, Gueye
- First subs for Georgia Tech: Jackson for Haywood II at 15:54 – 1st half
- On the floor for Georgia Tech at the end: Brown, Cole, Gueye, Ogbonda, Wright
- Opening tap won by North Texas. Georgia Tech has won the opening tap once in four games this season.
- Series record vs. North Texas: Georgia Tech is 2-0 overall, 2-0 at home, 1-0 under Josh Pastner, 1-0 vs. Grant McCasland
- Current series streak: Georgia Tech won the last two meetings
- Georgia Tech is 3-0 at McCamish Pavilion this season, 63-30 in its sixth season in the building, 19-4 under Josh Pastner
- Georgia Tech’s next game: November 28, 7 p.m., vs. Northwestern, McCamish Pavilion
- Two freshmen have started each game for the Yellow Jackets, with Alvarado starting all four. Curtis Haywood II has started three games, Moses Wright one.
- Tech led 22-19 at the half, the lowest scoring half for the Jackets this season, despite being outrebounded 19-13. Tech forced 10 turnovers and scored seven points from them. The Yellow Jackets are 19-2 under Josh Pastner when leading at the half, 3-0 this season.
- Tech held North Texas, which averaged 85.6 points in its first five games, to just 49 points, the low yield for Georgia Tech in 41 games under head coach Josh Pastner. It continues a trend for the Jackets this season – 63 points to UCLA (90.8 ppg since), 62 points to Bethune-Cookman (86.7 ppg coming in), 68 points to Texas-Rio Grande Valley (82.0 ppg coming in).
- Tech held North Texas to 39.1 percent shooting from the floor (Mean Green hit 46.7 percent coming in), the third straight game the Yellow Jackets have held an opponent under 40 percent. The Jackets improved to 18-5 under Josh Pastner when limiting an opponent under 40 percent.
- Tech forced a season-high 19 turnovers and scored 15 points from those, and committed only six turnovers, which was a low in 41 games under Josh Pastner.
- Tech won its second game this season when scoring less than 70 points, improving to 6-17 under Josh Pastner.
- The Jackets have hit 57.7 percent (30-of-52) of their field goal tries from the floor in the second half of their last two games. They shot 55.6 percent in the second half against North Texas to finish at 43.4 percent. Tech shot 60 percent after halftime against UTRGV to finish at 54.2 percent.
- Tech has hit 12 three-point field goals in 30 attempts in its last two games (7-for-18 vs. North Texas). The Yellow Jackets went 5-for-23 in their first two games.
- Tech went to the foul line a season-low 12 times against North Texas, but made 10 of them and improved to 73.2 percent for the season. The Yellow Jackets are averaging 17.8 points from the charity stripe this season, compared to 13.6 last season.
- Tech took just two offensive rebounds and were outrebounded for the second time this season.
- Tech was missing two of its six returning players from last season against North Texas – sophomore guards Josh Okogie (Tech’s leading scorer last season at 16.1 ppg) and Justin Moore, due to NCAA violations. Jackson returned against North Texas, while Moore will be back against Northwestern. Okogie is eligible to return Dec. 3 against Tennessee, but also is out due to a dislocation of his ring finger suffered in the Jackets’ exhibition against Georgia State.
- Pastner meter 1 (assists to made field goals): Tech assisted on 16 of 23 made field goals (69.6 percent), exceeding its nightly goal of 60 percent. The Jackets have assisted on 67.4 percent of their made field goals in four games, after finishing last season at 62.7 percent (63.2 percent rate in ACC games).
- Pastner meter 2 (free throws made to opponents’ attempts): Tech made 10-12 free throws to North Texas’ 5-of-9 (goal of making more than opponent tries accomplished). For the season, Tech has converted 71 free throws, while opponents have attempted 75.
- Pastner meter 3 (guard rebounding): Tech’s guards combined for 17 of Tech’s 22 defensive rebounds, seven of those by Jose Alvarado and four each from Haywood and Jackson.
- Freshman point guard Jose Alvarado scored in double digits for the third time in four games (scored 8 vs. UTRGV after foul trouble limited him to 28 minutes), getting a career/season-high 19 points against North Texas. He hit 7-of-9 shots from the floor, 2-of-4 from three and 3-of-3 from the foul line. Alvarado is Tech’s No. 2 scorer through four games (14.3 ppg) and has converted 58.8 percent of his shots from the floor (20-of-34) and 13-of-16 from the free throw line.
- Alvarado matched his season-high by playing 39 minutes against North Texas, and is averaging 33.5 minutes per game.
- Alvarado also led Tech on the boards with seven rebounds, had three steals and four assists against one turnover. Alvarado has 18 assists against seven turnovers through four games, and is No. 2 on the team with eight steals.
- Freshman guard Curtis Haywood II notched his second straight double-digit game and another career/season high with 15 points. All of his points game on five three-point field goals (in seven attempts), the most by a Tech player since Quinton Stephens hit five at Virginia Tech last Jan. 18.
- Like Alvarado, Haywood II had four assists and just one turnover, with three steals and five rebounds in 33 minutes. Haywood II has averaged 35 minutes in Tech’s last two games.
- Senior guard Tadric Jackson made his 2017-18 debut against North Texas and scored in double figures for the 10th time in his last 12 games and for the 23rd time since the beginning of last season. He finished with 14 points, his 19th double-figure game off the bench since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, and the 28th of his career.
- Ben Lammers has scored in double figures in all four games this season, getting 11 points against North Texas playing on an injured ankle he incurred in the Texas-Rio Grande Valley game. Still he played 32 minutes, blocked three shots with two assists and three steals. It was his 35th double-figure scoring game since the beginning of the 2016-17 season. Lammers went 4-for-6 from the floor and had converted 64.4 percent of his field goals this season.
- Lammers also blocked three shots against North Texas and has 15 through four games, ranking No. 4 in the nation and No. 2 in the ACC. Lammers has 191 blocks in his career, which ranks No. 5 in Tech history and he needs eight to catch Malcolm Mackey (199 from 1990-93) for fourth place.