Georgia Tech took a hard loss at Wake Forest over the weekend, falling by a final score of 81-69 up in Winston Salem. The game may as well have been played a year ago at this point, but the fact is that officiating ended up being the determining factor. It was objectively poor from start to finish, resulting in Ben Lammers sitting for most of the game with foul trouble and his backup, Sylvester Ogbonda, fouling out with over ten minutes remaining in the game. Every Tech starter but Josh Heath, who was battling the flu, finished the game with four fouls, forcing Josh Pastner to go 10-deep over the course of the game. The rest is history.
The Jackets are back in action this evening for a game against Division II opponent Tusculum at McCamish Pavilion, a much needed break in the middle of the ACC schedule for the team to get a bit more healthy before next week’s game against Boston College. Playing a team during the bye week is something that Josh Pastner liked to do at Memphis in order to keep the momentum going, and the game will count towards Georgia Tech’s record per the AJC’s Ken Sugiura. A loss should absolutely not happen, but there are a lot of things that shouldn’t happen but do anyway in sports. I’ve got 25 little examples on the top of my head.
This is the part where I’d put some more college news, but every article wants to remind me of something bad that happened over the weekend. I prefer Georgia Tech highlights instead.
Yeah, that didn’t help. Oh well. Feel free to share your own grief-handling tips below.