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Final Score: Seminoles thrash Jackets, 88-77

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Georgia Tech just couldn’t catch a break versus a third-straight ranked ACC team.

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Georgia Tech fell to 10-10 on the season this evening, losing a third-straight game to a ranked ACC team following an ugly 88-77 defeat at Florida State. The team continues its recent stumble towards the finish line, falling to 3-4 in conference after a 3-1 start.

The Jackets started strong against the Seminoles, trailing by just one point at 28-27 with 5:41 remaining in the half. As with all good things related to Georgia Tech basketball this season, that ended in a hurry following a four-point play by Florida State’s Braian Angola on a Curtis Haywood foul which sparked a strong run from the Noles.

The Jackets simply couldn’t stay out of foul trouble, with A.D. Gueye and Curtis Haywood II picking up three fouls apiece while Josh Okogie and Jose Alvarado each added two of their own for the first half. Poor defensive play and lack of depth turned what was a close game into a near first-half blowout as Florida State built the lead up to 14 at the half behind 21 points from Terance Mann.

The second half went just as poorly, with Tech cutting the lead down to 7 on a couple of occasions before allowing Florida State to double the deficit every time. Terance Mann remained unstoppable, adding 9 more points to bring his game total up to 30, and Tech’s defense was torched to the tune of 88 points -- the third-worst performance of the Pastner era.

Jose Alvarado led the Jackets with a career-high-tying 23 points while Josh Okogie contributed an amazing 16 points, 16 rebounds, and 5 assists from the two guard spot. A.D. Gueye put up 14 points and 7 rebounds, just barely topping Ben Lammers’ 13 point, 2 rebound performance. Tech’s bench, despite getting extended minutes due to foul trouble, was completely ineffective to the tune of 4 total points between Tadric Jackson, Curtis Haywood II, and Evan Cole.

The Jackets will be back in action on Sunday for a sold-out game versus Clemson as the incredibly difficult ACC schedule continues. The funeral for the team’s NCAA Tournament hopes will be held two hours prior to tipoff, killed once and for all by a three-game slide in conference play.