When Georgia Tech men’s basketball head coach Brian Gregory looks back at the reasons why his Yellow Jackets suffered their first loss of the season, 82-72 to the Dayton Flyers, he will see that the biggest reason was simply turnovers.
Turnovers nullified the Jackets fast start sparked by Daniel Miller and Marcus Georges-Hunt and ended up giving the Flyers plenty of extra scoring chances.
Miller and Georges-Hunt combined for a quick 7-0 spurt to start the game, and the momentum of that start carried the Yellow Jackets to a 26-19 lead with 8:17 left in the first half. But the turnover bug plagued Georgia Tech, and Dayton went on a major run. The turnovers contributed to the Dayton Flyers finishing the first half on a 20-6 run from the 8:17 mark on into the half and the Flyers took a 39-32 lead going into the locker room.
From that point on the Flyers never relinquished the lead. They took care of the ball and virtually traded baskets with the Yellow Jackets in the second half. The Jackets could only get as close as six points before the Flyers took a stranglehold on the game for good.
The Flyers were led by Devin Oliver and Jordan Sibert who each scored 20 points. Dayton had four players in double figures for the game and shot 48.2% from the field. That field goal percentage speaks to how comfortable the Flyers were in their first road game of the season.
The Jackets may have been a little too gracious as hosts to the Flyers, as they committed 18 turnovers during the the game – 11 of them coming in the first half. Trae Golden had six turnovers and shot poorly from the field, going 2 of 8. He finished with 13 points, but much of that can be attributed to his numerous trips to the charity stripe as the Jackets were fighting back.
Georges-Hunt finished the game with 16 points on 6 of 10 shooting from the field, with 11 of those points coming in the first half. However, scoring was scarce for Georges-Hunt in the second half as he did not record a point until he hit one of two free throws with 5:18 left in the second half. Daniel Miller had another strong game finishing with 20 points and 7 rebounds.
There is some definite concern for the Yellow Jackets going into their Sunday home game against North Carolina A&T. Not only concern about their turnover issues from today’s game, but also concern about the health of freshman PG Travis Jorgenson, who appeared to have tweaked his right knee in the second half of this ball game. News on the severity of the injury is soon to come.