|Final - 1.29.2014||1||2||Total|
|North Carolina Tar Heels||26||52||78|
|Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets||25||40||65|
Trae Golden scored 21, Marcus Georges-Hunt scored 17, Daniel Miller had 12, and all three played 35 minutes, but the rest of the Georgia Tech squad only combined for 15 points and the Jackets would fall to UNC on their home court Wednesday night.
Throughout the first half, it was a close game. The Tar Heels lead by as much as 9 with 5 minutes until halftime, but the Jackets would go on a late run and close the gap to go into the locker room down only 26-25. However, the second half saw UNC slowly pull away for a 13-point win.
The Jackets played a decent game against a talented UNC squad, but were done in by struggles from three-point range (4-17, 23.5%) and especially the free-throw line (15-26, 57.7%). They also struggled on the boards, being out-rebounded by a larger Tar Heel team (45-33). Even still, Daniel Miller managed 5 blocks, but that would be the extent of Georgia Tech's defense (5 blocks, 1 steal).
It was something of a miracle that the game happened given all of the issues in Atlanta over the past 36 hours, but with both teams and an officiating crew in attendance, the ACC mandated that the show would go on. The ESPN2 crew was not able to attend due to weather, and the game was shifted to ESPN3 with the audio from Georgia Tech's Brandon Gaudin overlayed. Attendance actually ended up being fairly decent at upwards of 5,100, many of whom were students with no school tomorrow.
This remains a below-average team that's really hurting without Robert Carter Jr and Travis Jorgenson. Carter's absence in particular has yielded an understandable plummet in production on the boards, which has in turn been Tech's downfall in a few ACC games so far. To make things better, Jason Morris went down again with a foot injury tonight, the severity of which has yet to be determined.
Did you watch this game? Thoughts on Georgia Tech's performance?