Georgia Tech 75, North Carolina 63
Dec. 31, 2016
- Georgia Tech starting lineup: Okogie, Stephens, Lammers, Moore, Jackson (third game with this lineup this season)
- First subs for Georgia Tech: Heath for Jackson at 17:47 – 1st half
- On the floor for Georgia Tech at the end: Heath, Lammers, Moore, Okogie, Stephens
- Opening tap won by North Carolina. Georgia Tech has won the opening tap in seven of 13 games this season.
- Series record vs. North Carolina: Georgia Tech trails 25-67 overall, 16-21 at home, 1-3 at McCamish Pavilion, 1-0 under Josh Pastner, 9-14 vs. Roy Williams
- Current series streak: Tech’s win snapped a seven-game losing streak in the series
- Georgia Tech is 8-2 at McCamish Pavilion this season, 51-28 in its fifth season in the building, 8-2 under Josh Pastner
- Georgia Tech’s next game: January 4, 2016 at Duke, 7 p.m., Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, N.C. [ESPN2]
- Georgia Tech won its first ACC opener since the 2005-06 season (an early December win over Virginia). It snapped a 10-year losing streak in ACC openers.
- Tech’s win over North Carolina snapped a seven-game losing streak in the series, dating back to Jan. 16, 2011.
- Tech has defeated a team ranked in the top 10 nationally in four of the last five years.
- Tech started Jackson, Lammers, Moore, Okogie and Stephens for the third straight game. Coach Josh Pastner has used four different starting lineups this season. Three Yellow Jackets – Ben Lammers, Josh Okogie and Quinton Stephens – have started every game this season.
- Tech played its shortest bench of the season (16 minutes by three players). Quinton Stephens and Ben Lammers each played a season-high 38 minutes (for a regulation game).
- Tech trailed at the half for just the third time this season. The Jackets are now 1-3 in those games. But the Jackets led for 21:04 of the game, including the last 11:59.
- Tech held North Carolina to 63 points, 26 under its season average and four under its previous low (76-67 loss at Indiana).
- Tech also held North Carolina to 33.3-percent shooting from the floor (season average 48.6 pct.), the fifth straight game the Jackets have limited an opponent under 40 percent. Since Tech’s loss at Tennessee on Dec. 3 (the last six games), the Jackets have limited opponents to 36 percent from the floor.
- Tech had a season-high 15 steals, 11 in the first half alone, one more than its season high up to this game. The Jackets forced 20 turnovers, the third time this season they have forced 20 or more (VCU, Alcorn State), and have forced an average of 16 over its last six games.
- Tech enjoyed its finest day of the season at the free throw line, setting season highs for free throws made and percentage (28-for-33, 84.8 percent). The Jackets were 25-of-28 in the second half. In Tech’s nine wins this season, the Jackets have shot 66.3 percent to their opponents 68.3, but have outscored those nine opponents 165-99 from the line collectively.
- Tech assisted on 16 of its 22 field goals (72.7 percent), beating its nightly goal of 60 percent. Tech stands at 60.1 percent for the season, 61 percent for the last six games combined.
- Tech was out-rebounded for the sixth time this season (44-37), but is 4-2 in those games. The Jackets out-rebounded the bigger Tar Heels in the second half, 23-15.
- Josh Okogie turned in his best performance of the season since his 38-point night against Tulane, scoring a game-high 26. Fifteen of those game in the second half. The 6-4 freshman went 11-for-13 from the free throw line, had three assists and two steals.
- Ben Lammers kept alive his streak of scoring in double digits in every game this season, and recorded his seventh double-double of the season (11 points, 11 rebounds). He also had four assists, two blocked shots and two steals. Lammers’ two blocks gave him 47 for the season, matching his sophomore-year total.
- Senior Quinton Stephens came up one rebound short of getting his fourth double-double this year, finishing with 11 points, nine boards, three blocks and four steals. He also was a perfect 4-for-4 from the foul line.
- Senior Josh Heath enjoyed his finest day as a Yellow Jacket, scoring a career-high 15 points with a perfect 6-for-6 effort from the free throw line. He also snared three steals and had two assists.
- Freshman Justin Moore had his most completed game of the season with nine points, a career-high six rebounds and four assists.