You can’t say that the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (12-10, 3-6 ACC) don’t play hard every time they take the court. Brian Gregory‘s bunch overcame yet another injury setback to grab a hard fought 79-70 road win over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (14-8, 4-5 ACC) on Saturday afternoon.
With team scoring leader Trae Golden hurting his groin early in the first half (with no possibility of return), Gregory was going to need his players to rally around each other and optimize their effort. The team answered the bell and in particular, Marques Georges-Hunt and Daniel Miller were the biggest contributors.
Georges-Hunt raised his level of play and had a big game with 23 points on 8 of 16 shooting. Miller dominated the paint scoring 16 points and grabbing 14 boards. Chris Bolden came off the bench and chipped in 12 points and five rebounds.
As a whole the Jackets played solid defense holding the Demon Deacons to 40.8% shooting from the field and 3 of 15 from behind the 3-point arc. Tech hit the glass hard winning the battle of the boards 32-24. The only Demon Deacons player that really hurt the Jackets was Travis McKie who scored 26 points in the game.
Tech also shot the ball well shooting 49% from the field and connected on 6 of 13 three-point attempts. Coach Gregory’s squad got back to basics and handled their business by playing to their strengths which are sound man-to-man defense and owning the boards.
The severity of Trae Golden’s groin injury isn’t known as of yet, nor is how long he could possibly be out of action. Losing Golden for any amount of time will absolutely hurt the Jackets, especially with the prospect of power forward Robert Carter Jr.’s possible return to action this upcoming week.
However, Golden’s injury could serve as a blessing in disguise if the rest of the team rallies around each other and elevates their play the way they did against Wake. If the rest of the team gets their confidence up during Golden’s absence, it can only make them better upon his return.
Next up for the 12-10 Jackets is a trip to face the Clemson Tigers on Tuesday night.
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