This has become very hard to watch.
Other than the Virginia debacle, this Georgia Tech team has really fought. They've been in every game and really had a chance to win every game except UVA and maybe Dayton. Despite that, only one game has resulted in a conference victory and Brian Gregory and his team are in as bad of a position as they have been during his tenure.
On Saturday, misfortune struck the Jackets again as the team fought back against NC State and put themselves in a great position to win. Unfortunately, Trevor Lacy and NC State had different ideas. With five seconds left and up by two, Quinton Stephens went to the line and missed two free throws. Lacy received the outlet pass, sprinted down the floor, and drained a 3-pointer from way behind the line. That was it. 81-80 NC State.
Early on in the game, it looked like Tech would have no chance to be in that position. The Wolfpack jumped out to a two-touchdown lead -- 17-3 -- early on. The Jackets clawed back for the remainder of the period to make it just a nine point game going into the break despite being outshot 48 percent to 34 percent.
The second half saw the Jackets bump their shooting up to a strong 46 percent. That, combined with another dominant performance on the boards, brought them all the way back to take the lead at 51-49 midway through the second half.
Georgia Tech outrebounded NC State 49-31 including an incredible 22 offensive rebounds. Eight of them came from Demarco Cox as he finished the day with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Charles Mitchell also had four offensive rebounds, and he finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Marcus Georges-Hunt once again gave everything he had to put the Jackets on top. He played 39 minutes, contributing 23 points, seven rebounds, and three assists. His clutch free throw shooting down the stretch was huge. Travis Jorgenson had one of his best offensive games in his career with 14 points on 5-7 shooting and 2-2 on 3FG.
It wasn't enough for the Jackets though due to way too much Anthony Barber and Trevor Lacy. Barber was dominant in the first half with 18 points, and he finished with 23. Lacy had 18 points including a huge three in regulation and the obvious huge one in overtime.
The loss puts Georgia Tech at 10-11 (1-8) for the season. NC State improved to 14-9 (5-5) on their season.
The Jackets will be back in action on Wednesday, as they look to get back on track when they travel to Durham, North Carolina to take on the fourth ranked Duke Blue Devils.