Georgia Tech needed a win over Miami to secure a winning homestand, but Brian Gregory‘s kids never looked like they could establish their pace in the game and the result was a 56-42 home clunker loss to the Hurricanes.
The first half was a defensive struggle with both teams doing a good job of keeping the other from scoring easy buckets, but the Hurricanes had established the pace of the game. Miami played a 2-3 zone, and–as has been the trend all season for the Jackets–they did not handle that too well.
The Canes’ zone held Tech to 5 of 18 shooting (27.8%) from the field and 2 of 8 shooting (22.2%) from beyond the 3-point arc. Daniel Miller got into early foul trouble which conversely led to Miami being able to take control of the paint. Miami was able to shoot 50% from the field in the half with little resistance from the Jackets inside. Put those things together and it explains the 27-17 halftime lead that Miami had going into the locker room.
The second half started with more of the same as the Hurricanes held Tech scoreless until Marcus Georges-Hunt recorded his first points of the game on a tip in with 15:58 to go in the second half that made the score 38-22. That tip in snapped a Georgia Tech scoring drought that spanned from the 3:23 mark in the first half and ended a 15-0 run that Miami was on.
The Canes’ zone continued to cause difficulties as they built the lead to as much as 18 points. Brian Gregory’s squad never really looked like they had a chance of getting back in the contest until Gregory decided to put a full court press on Miami and amped up the pressure. Tech managed to whittle the Hurricanes lead down to 11 with 6:06 left in the game, but then ran out of gas and Miami seized control and ran down the clock.
All of Georgia Tech’s issues seemed to fall upon them all at once in this game. First the Jackets have the bad outside shooting as Tech shot 4 of 20 for the game from beyond the arc, and 29.5% from the field for the game. Then add to that the lack of depth which came into play this game because after Daniel Miller had to sit down with foul trouble early in the first half, it was obvious that there were no interior help, and Miami was able to get to the basket and score inside at will.
Daniel Miller had a hard time getting started in this game at all. He did not record a basket until 14:54 in the second half and his 3 of 5 for nine points and eight rebounds is actually quite misleading because the reality is he had a bad game. Marcus Georges-Hunt had a bad game as well going 3 of 10 from the field for 10 points.
This is a game that the Jackets would really like to throw in the garbage but it is going to be hard to do. All the problems that Georgia Tech has as a team were highlighted in this game. Coach Brian Gregory has his work cut out for him from this point forward. Next up for Tech is a trip to Chestnut Hill to face a struggling Boston College. Maybe the Jackets can find a way to do well on the road.