It looked as though Georgia Tech (13-16, 4-12 ACC) did not understand the urgency that Florida State (17-11, 8-8 ACC)–who is sitting on the NCAA Tournament bubble–would be playing with, as they have a lot riding on these last few games. You can be sure that coach Brian Gregory passed that memo along to his team, but the Yellow Jackets failed to meet the Noles’ intensity. The result was a 81-71 Florida State win.
Tech actually did a good job of hanging around in the first half, though they only shot 36.4% from the field. The Jackets found themselves only down four points at 35-31. But in the second half, Florid State turned up their intensity and went on a run that extended their lead to 16 points which was just too much for the Jackets to overcome.
Florida St. Sophomore guard, Devon Bookert, was a huge reason why FSU was simply too much for Tech to handle getting a perfect 4 of 4 from the field and finishing with 16 points in the game. All four field goals Bookert hit were from beyond the three-point arc. Forward, Okaro White, was solid in the middle dropping 18 points of his own on the stat sheet and the Noles’ backcourt of Aaron Thomas and Ian Miller each chipped in 15 points and four rebounds apiece.
Georgia Tech could not get anything started after the intermission and honestly looked like they had thrown in the towel halfway through the second half. Robert Carter, Jr. had another solid performance scoring 20 points and grabbing six boards. Daniel Miller logged a double-double with 13 points and 11 boards though his 6 of 16 shooting performance was underwhelming. Trae Golden also played decent going 5 of 11 from the floor and finishing with 16 points.
Florida State blocked eight Georgia Tech shots on the night. FSU came into the game second in the ACC in blocked shots at 5.7 blocks per game.
Georgia Tech looked, for the first time, as though they just wanted to get this season over with. Sorry to say they have a couple more games to go, and still have to get amped-up for the ACC Tournament on March 12th.
Next up for the Jackets is a trip to the Carrier Dome to take on a highly agitated Jim Boeheim and his Syracuse Orange. Syracuse has been slipping of late and they are going to really want to take out some frustration on Georgia Tech. This would be a nice win for Tech to get as their season winds down. Coach Gregory’s team has got to put in the effort to get it done.
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