The good news is that coach Brian Gregory’s Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are going to be leaving Chestnut Hill with a 68-60 road win over the Boston College Eagles. The bad news is that Gregory may not be to pleased with how it was done, then again a win is a win and the Yellow Jackets are now 2-4 in conference play.
In the first half Georgia Tech couldn’t miss, shooting 17-23 from the field and 6 of 8 from downtown. They matched their entire output from the Miami game in one half and went into the locker room with a 42-27 halftime lead. Kammeon Holsey, who finished the game with 13 points, was a perfect 5 for 5 in the half and the Jackets were clicking on all cylinders.
In the second half the Jackets hit their first three shots then went cold. Complacency set in on the Jackets and Boston College was able to make Tech’s 15 point lead and shrink it down to one. Once again, the appearance of a zone defenses befuddled the Jackets, and made them get away from what works, as well as helping to get Daniel Miller into foul trouble.
Fortunately Trae Golden was on his job down the stretch and hit some clutch shots scoring eight of the Jackets’ final 10 points to help Georgia Tech hold on in this game. Golden was huge scoring 24 points and hitting 4 of 8 from beyond the 3-point arc. Even Chris Bolden seemed to have found his shooting stroke as well, connecting on 4 of 6 shots for 11 points.
For Boston College, Olivier Hanlan was a handful for Tech scoring 19 points tonight on 8 of 10 shooting and Lonnie Jackson scored 14 points to contribute to the Eagles cause. Both Hanlan and Jackson were very instrumental in helping BC shrink the 15 point deficit they faced going into the second half.
If Georgia Tech is going to learn anything from this game it is that they need to play for a full 40 minutes and not get lax. The next stop for the 11-8 Jackets is a trip to Raleigh, NC to take on the North Carolina State Wolfpack.