Post-Game Notes (Game 8)
Dec. 6, 2017
- Georgia Tech starting lineup: Alvarado, Haywood II, Jackson, Lammers, Gueye
- First subs for Georgia Tech: Alston and Wright for Haywood II and Gueye at 12:36 – 1st half
- On the floor for Georgia Tech at the end: Alvarado, Haywood II, Jackson, Lammers, Wright
- Opening tap won by Wofford. Georgia Tech has won the opening tap twice in nine games this season.
- Series record vs. Wofford: Georgia Tech is 14-3 overall, 0-2 away, 1-1 under Josh Pastner, 2-1 vs. Mike Young
- Current series streak: Wofford won the last meetin
- Georgia Tech is 4-2 at McCamish Pavilion this season, 64-32 in its sixth season in the building, 21-6 under Josh Pastner
- Georgia Tech is 0-1 on the road this season, 0-2 away from McCamish Pavilion
- Georgia Tech’s next game: December 17, 4 p.m., vs. Florida A&M, McCamish Pavilion.
- For the third straight game, head coach Josh Pastner started Tadric Jackson along with Jose Alvarado and Curtis Haywood II on the perimeter, and Abdoulaye Gueye and Ben Lammers in the frontcourt. Alvarado, Gueye and Lammers have started every game this season. Lammers has started Tech’s last 45 consecutive games.
- Two freshmen have started each game for the Yellow Jackets, with Alvarado starting all eight. Curtis Haywood II has started seven games, Moses Wright one.
- Tech led at the half (34-29) for the first time since Nov. 28 against Northwestern. Tech is 4-1 this season and 21-3 under Josh Pastner when leading at the half.
- Tech lost for the first time under Josh Pastner when holding a lead with five minutes left in the game (55-48). The Yellow Jackets are now 23-1 when leading at the 5-minute mark.
- Tech shot a season-high 57.1 percent from the floor against Wofford, the highest accuracy rate for the Yellow Jackets under Josh Pastner, eclipsing the 56.8 percent night against Tusculum last season, and the highest for Tech since hitting 60 percent against Cornell in the season-opening game of the 2015-16 season. Yet the Jackets took only 42 shots from the floor, 17 fewer than Wofford and the fewest since attempting 42 in last year’s 62-49 loss at Virginia.
- Tech canned a five three-point field goals in 13 attempts against Wofford, and has made 37 three-pointers in 100 attempts (37 percent) its last six games.
- Tech held Wofford to 35.6 percent from the floor, the fifth opponent in eight games to convert less than 40 percent. But it was one of the rare nights the Jackets held an opponent to less than 40 percent and lost (19-6 under Josh Pastner) and shot better than an opponent and lost (25-4).
- The Yellow Jackets have held every opponent under its season scoring average this season, all of them significantly lower except for Tennessee. Wofford averaged 76.2 points per game through its first eight games and scored just 63 against the Yellow Jackets.
- Tech’s eight free throw attempts against Wofford were its fewest since going 5-for-8 at Notre Dame last February. But the Jackets made seven and got back over 70 percent (70.6) for the season. Tech is still averaging 15.9 points from the charity stripe this season, significantly higher than the 13,6 points is averaged last season.
- Tech entered the game No. 9 nationally in scoring defense at 58.6 points per game, and No. 42 in field goal percentage defense (38.6 percent). The Jackets were No. 20 in defensive efficiency according to KenPom.com.
- Tech entered the game 20th nationally according to KenPom.com in lowest two-point field goal percentage yield (40 percent), and No. 7 in block percentage (19.3).
- Two Georgia Tech players rank among the ACC’s top seven in average minutes played - Ben Lammers (No. 1 at 36.2) and Jose Alvarado (seventh at 34.2). Curtis Haywood II has averaged 34.0 in Tech’s last six games.
- Pastner meter 1 (assists to made field goals): Tech assisted on 11 of 24 made field goals (45.8 percent), falling short its nightly goal of 60 percent for the first time this season. The Jackets have assisted on 67.2 percent of their made field goals in eight games (ranked No. 7 in the nation according to KenPom.com coming in), 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 7-of-8 free throws to Wofford’s 9-of-13 (goal of making more than opponent tries not accomplished). For the season, Tech has converted 127 free throws, while opponents have attempted 132. Tech is 24-6 under Josh Pastner when attempting more free throws than the opponent.
- Pastner meter 3 (guard rebounding): Tech’s guards combined for 11 of Tech’s 30 defensive rebounds, five from Jose Alvarado.
- Tadric Jackson has scored in double digits in each game since returning to the court, and posted a season-high 26 at Wofford (11-of-15 FG). The senior guard has reached double figures 14 times in his last 16 games and for the 27 times since the beginning of last season. Jackson scored the last 13 points of the game for Tech against Wofford.
- Jackson, who finished second in the balloting for ACC Sixth Man of the Year last season, made his third start of the 2017-18 season and played a career-high 36 minutes. The 6-2 senior has started 15 games in his career.
- Ben Lammers scored in double figures for the seventh time in eight games this season, getting 12 points (6-of-10 FG) with seven rebounds in 39 minutes against Wofford. It was the 38th double figure game in the 6-10 senior’s career, all since the beginning of the 2016-17 season.
- Lammers blocked three shots against Wofford, giving him 203 for his career. He is in sole possession of fourth place in Tech history, needing 40 to catch John Salley (243 from 1982-86) for third place.
- Lammers played 39 minutes, one game after logging the sixth 40-minute game of his career. The senior, who has practiced very little since turning an ankle against Texas-Rio Grande Valley, has nonetheless played 32, 31, 38, 40 and 39 minutes in the five games since and leads the ACC in minutes played per game (36.2).
- Lammers needs six points to reach 800 for his career.
- Curtis Haywood II scored only three points (took one shot) in 30 minutes, but is 18-for-34 FG, 11-for-29 on 3s, 13-for-16 FT with 26 assists and just eight turnovers in his last seven games.
- Haywood II has played 37, 33, 32, 36, 36 and 30 minutes in Tech’s last six games (34.0 per game).
- Jose Alvarado played 40 minutes for the first time in his career, the second posted by a Tech player this season and the 12th over the last season-plus.