Pre-game Notes:

  • Tech honors several senior players: Demarco Cox, Aaron Peek, and Robert Sampson
  • Georgia Tech is 24-65 against North Carolina
  • The Yellow Jackets are 12-17 overall this season
  • Tech is 3-14 in ACC play

The 2014/15 season is one that the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets could definitely forget. Before tonight’s game the Yellow Jackets were 3-14 in conference play and stood 8-7 on their home court this season. Their highest attendance of the season was their very first game against in-state rival Georgia (where they won 80-73 in front of 8,127 people). After going 9-3 the first part of the season, it initially looked like their football team’s mojo had worn off on them. Unfortunately once conference play started they lost 7 straight games before upsetting Miami in Coral Gables. Out of their 17 overall losses, 9 of them were by 6 points or less, making the losses even worse.

Even with their horrible conference form, they could still turn things around in the ACC Tournament. Getting a big win tonight against Roy Williams’ Tar Heels would be a great morale booster going into the tournament next week but that just wasn’t going to happen.

For a good portion of the game the Yellow Jackets held the onslaught against them to a 20-pt lead. With 5:28 left in the game the Tar Heels were up 66-42 over Georgia Tech.

Georgia Tech’s Demarco Cox had an amazing game getting the tough points in the paint. He ended up with 14 points and 8 rebounds in the game, while Charles Mitchell lead the team with 16 points and 8 rebounds.

UNC’s Joel Berry II lead the Tar Heels with 15 points, followed by Justin Jackson with 13. The boys in blue went 7 for 11 behind the free-throw line to add insult to their 32 point blowout of the Jackets.

Tech shot 1-16 behind the 3-pt mark and 10-19 from the free-throw line. Low shooting percentages have plagued the Yellow Jackets all-season. They had a decent hold of the game early on but the tides turned once Marcus Georges-Hunt went down with an injury to his foot.

We hope they can turn things around before they head to Greensboro next Tuesday (ACC Tournament).

The final score was GT 49, UNC 81.

-Jon J.

Photo: Hakim Wright

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