This time of year in the college basketball season, the name of the game is truly “survive and advance”. Georgia Tech (16-16) managed to survive a 10 minute scoring drought to advance in the ACC tournament over the Boston College Eagles (8-24) in a 73-70 overtime win.
The Yellow Jackets did everything in their power to give away the game. Going over 10 minutes without a field goal between regulation and overtime is a great attempt at trying to end your season, but Boston College wanted to go home a little bit more. All joking aside, Brian Gregory needs to be concerned about the offensive power outage that happened to his squad. This was a rare occasion that a team could go without a field goal for over 10 minutes and still get away with a win because of free throws and defense.
Thankfully Marques Georges-Hunt showed up in this game with 18 points and hit 8 of 11 from the charity stripe in the game. MGH hit huge free throws during the field goal drought that kept Tech afloat. Robert Carter Jr. played big logging a double-double of 20 points and 13 boards. Trae Golden had 14 points and got a crucial and-one in the overtime session to grab hold of the game. Kammeon Holsey finished with 12 points and six boards.
Tech had a hard time stopping Patrick Heckmann who finished with 21 points. Ryan Anderson logged a double-double for the Eagles with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Olivier Hanlan, who has been a menace in the past for the Jackets, was held in check on this night finishing with 16 points on a meager 5 of 14 from the floor. Tech fans will remember that Hanlan dropped 40 points on Georgia Tech last season on the ACC tournament.
Now for Brian Gregory’s troops they will look to take the court Thursday against ACC Defensive Player of the Year, K.J. Daniels and the Clemson Tigers. It is sure to be a defensive battle, but Tech does have a healthy squad going into this contest, which is something they really did not have last time they met the Tigers on February 22nd. Should be an interesting game.
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