Tuesday, December 19th: Georgia Tech (10 - 2) annihilates Charleston Southern (4 - 6), 78-51.
Thursday, December 21st: Georgia Tech (11 - 2) knocks off Southern Mississippi (7 - 5), 63-44.
It’s deja vu all over again here at Yellow Jacket Roundup. The only action this week, yet again, is the women’s basketball team, and so you get the same opening sentence as last week, except a day late. Happy Holidays, by the way. Anyways, back to basketball. Last week, the Tech women got back to their winning ways at home against Charleston Southern. Zaire O’Neill finished with a team-leading seven rebounds and was one of four Jackets with double-digit scoring. In what has become a somewhat common occurrence so far this season, Tech never trailed the Buccaneers. Chanin Scott netted a career high 17 points and freshman Kierra Fletcher had the best game of her young Tech career, adding 14 of her own to the final tally. In the second game, Elo Edeferioka, Scott, Fletcher, and O’Neill again found their way to double figures. Tech once again owned the boards, and maintained their healthy assist-field goal ratio. In the final game before the ACC opener Thursday against Louisville, Tech and the Eagles played close basketball, with Tech only leading by as many as nine points after they took the lead. The Eagles’ Respect Leaphart, a sure-fire All-Name Team submission, fired off four points to pull the visitors within three points in the waning minutes of the second quarter, but the Jackets were able to answer back with four of their own, making the score 32-25 at the buzzer. In the second half, Tech led by as many as 20 points, and ended the game, and the non-conference schedule, on a high note. Tech has only trailed for 75 seconds since falling to the school in Athens on the road a few weeks back, and is yet to lose at home. The women’s basketball team has handled their business so far with excellent results, and looks to carry their strong play into the loaded ACC slate.
This Week: Tech hosts Louisville on Thursday night and Clemson on Sunday afternoon, looking to extend their home winning streak, which stretches back to a 71-55 defeat of Pittsburgh on February 19th, to an impressive 16 games.
For men’s basketball coverage: the world still turns, even after disappointing losses.
This week on the Flats: Three home basketball contests in McCamish Pavilion, as the women hosting Louisville and Clemson, while the men take on Coppin State. The men then head to South Bend tip off their ACC slate Saturday at annual home-and-home partner Notre Dame.