Jan 4, 2014; College Park, MD, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets guard Trae Golden (23) attempts a free throw against the Maryland Terrapins at Comcast Center. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia Tech Drops Conference Opener to Maryland

The Georgia Tech men’s basketball team (9-5, 0-1 ACC) traveled to play the Maryland Terrapins (10-5, 2-0 ACC) for their ACC opener, and came up on the short end of a 77-61 score. Maryland pulled away early and never looked back, as the Yellow Jackets never once had the lead in the game.

Sophomore guard Marcus Georges-Hunt led the Jackets with 11 points, four rebounds and an assist, and went 1-for-4 from three point range.

The Jackets were smothered defensively by the Terps the entire game, shooting only 38.3% from the field, and 26.3% from beyond the arc. There was never a rhythm offensively for Tech, and the absence of the injured Robert Carter, Jr. could definitely be seen. His replacement, Kammeon Holsey, only managed six points and four rebounds for the game.

Maryland opened the game on a 12-2 run, and had the lead as high as 19 points before taking a 43-29 lead into the half. In the second half it was more of the same, with the Terps running fast up and down the court, almost scoring at will.

The Yellow Jackets didn’t help themselves at the charity stripe either, missing 5 of 15 free throws.

It’s obvious that the loss of Carter has severely impacted the Yellow Jackets offensive plan. The high-low game will not be nearly as effective without his scoring, and Daniel Miller, who came off the bench in this game, can’t do it all alone in the paint. Kammeon Holsey and Quinton Stephens (who did score 10 points in this game) are going to have to step up even more.

The biggest issues continue to be the lack of production from mid to long range jumpers and far too many turnovers (the Jackets committed 11).

Next the Yellow Jackets must travel to Durham, N.C. to take on the No. 7/8 Duke Blue Devils on Jan. 7 at 7:00 pm.

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