The Yellow Jackets dominated yesterday, holding the lead over Georgia the entire game. McCamish Pavilion was sold out again Tuesday for the second time so far this season- and the Jackets have only had 3 home games! Coach Brian Gregory came into the game yesterday 1-0 against the Bulldogs and after a win yesterday the Jackets are 2-0 against them for the first time in 18 years. Coach Gregory was excited about this historic night. "Getting back to back wins in this series is amazing. Mfon and Pierre get to do something very special in their career by winning back to back in this series."
Tech's early lead helped in the defeat against the rival Bulldogs. UGA coach Mark Fox said, "[Tech] shot the ball very well, especially in the first half. They built the lead, so we played up hill all night and that’s very hard to do on the road." The Jackets were .600 for 3 pointers in the first half, with freshmen Georges-Hunt and Holden scored 4 three’s collectively in the first half. The freshmen contribution did not stop at the end of the first half. Freshmen Georges-Hunt, Bolden, and Carter Jr. collectively scored 31 points in the win last night in McCamish Pavilion.
Tech’s defense was a highlight today. We limited star Georgia guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to 16 points, just below his season average. But more importantly, Tech caused him to turn the ball over 3 times, as well as shoot 5-18 FG and 1-8 from the 3-point arch. The Jackets also limited the opposing team to 31.6% FG and 11.8% 3-pt.
Tech did many great things on their first game back at McCamish Pavilion after a long away streak. This win begins a seven game home series over the next month. As Coach Gregory said, "When you win a game, everything isn’t good." Gregory will continue to push his player to get better, especially during this next month before they start ACC play on January 5th against Miami.Here is some more analysis:
- Score Breakdown: GT:35-27-62 to UGA 22-32-54
- Jackets shot 33.3% FG and 42.9% 3FG
- Points in the Paint: GT-11 UGA-30 - This will need to get better for the Jackets over the next month. Georgia’s zone defense kept much of the offense around the perimeter and the guards had a hard time feeding the ball down low.
- Jackets were outrebounded 38 to 43, the difference coming on offensive boards, where Georgia outrebounded us 17-12.
- Fast-Break Points- GT-11 UGA 2
- Tech’s bench scored 17 points. This ability to have a deep team will help the Jacket in long, fast-paced games.
- Tech Coach Brian Gregory- "The crowd was fantastic. This place has a change to become a special home court. The crowd is on top of you, it's really loud and the students are tremendous again."
- Gregory- "Our overall team defense was really good tonight. We have the opportunity to rotate defenders with perimeter scorers. We have the depth where we are able to do that and it worked pretty well tonight."
- As for the press conference questions that Atlanta’s original asked for, the answer can be found at 2:15 on Part 2 with Gregory. I can touch on it more in-depth if desired, but I’d listen to it. It shows the offensive scheme that Gregory wants to implement on offense.