Georgia Tech trailed at halftime by a measly two points. They had gotten behind at some points, but had made the plays necessary (especially from Tadric Jackson) to keep the game within reach. Then the second half started. All of a sudden Georgia could not miss a shot. They hit 9 of their first 10 shots to start the second half. They barely cooled down from there. Georgia Tech’s defense didn’t have it’s best game, but the Bulldogs were nailing shots all second half that the Yellow Jackets were happy to see them take.
Offensively though, the team fell apart. Tadric Jackson had a solid game, shooting 8-16 for 17 points. He did take a few ill-advised shots, but he kept the team in the game during the first half. Josh Okogie ended with 21 points on 5/16 from the field and 10/13 from the line, but he was constantly out of control and taking wild shots. It looks like he still needs more time to get back into the speed of the college game. Tech’s third offensive star, Ben Lammers, did the team no favors with his offensive performance. He struggled all night with 2-10 shooting for only 4 points. This team was really missing his steady scoring ability today. Jose Alvarado added 12 points and shot 5-5 inside the arc, but he was 0-4 outside the arc and only finished with two assists to three turnovers.
On Georgia’s side it was all about Yante Maten. The big man dominated the Jackets on offense and ended with 24 points on 9-11 shooting. Derek Ogbeide, Rayshaun Hammonds, Juwan Parker, and William Jackson, the other four starters, each contributed with between 9 and 11 points. As a team they were on fire from behind the arc, shooting 47.4%, but were more reliant on their game inside the three point line. They hit just about every shot you could imagine in the second half.
This marks the third win in a row for the Bulldogs in this series, following four straight wins for Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets head back home on Friday to take on Wright State as the team continues to try to gel before conference play gets started.