You know that numb feeling you get when you see victory snatched from you? That is how the whole Yellow Jackets Nation feels right now after taking a buzzer beater loss to the NC State Wolfpack (14-9, 5-5 ACC) 81-80 in overtime.
What makes this game hurt is the fact that you saw the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (10-11, 1-8 ACC) fight to overcome a 14-point deficit.
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You saw the Jackets go into the locker room down nine, and then fight to grab the lead by four in second half only to not expand on it.
Even with the Wolfpack sending this game into an overtime session, Georgia Tech controlled the extra five minutes all the way until the final four seconds.
Quinton Stephens, with the Jackets leading 80-78 with 4.9 seconds left, had two free throw attempts that he missed.
Those misses led to Trevor Lacy’s dagger three-pointer that stole the game away from the Yellow Jackets. The shot looked good as soon as it left his hands.
This is just one of those games you don’t really try to place blame on anyone for.
This game is just a microcosm of how things have gone for this Yellow Jackets team.
The Yellow Jackets overcame a first half where Anthony “Cat” Barber torched them for 18 of his 23 points to go along with seven assists , and the Wolfpack shot 51% from he floor.
Travis Jorgenson played possibly the best game of his career, finishing with 14 points and four assists.
Jan 31, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets forward Charles Mitchell (0) and guard Chris Bolden (2) reach for a rebound against the North Carolina State Wolfpack in the first half at McCamish Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Jorgenson totally dictated the pace of the game, and the Yellow Jackets offense flowed as long as he was on the floor.
Marcus Georges-Hunt overcame a first half where he only scored one point, to finish with 23 points and seven rebounds.
The Jackets frontcourt played great. Charles Mitchell finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Demarco Cox finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds and Robert Sampson contributed seven points and eight rebounds.
Georgia Tech outrebounded NC State 49-31 for the game, grabbing 22 offensive rebounds in the process.
All of that hard work and solid play, just to see it washed away in the span of four overtime seconds.
NC States Trevor Lacy finished with 19 points and six rebounds to go along with the kill shot he fired to end the game, and Ralston Turner finished with 11 points.
Mark Gottfried’s team was very efficient offensively hitting 48.4% from the floor and 1o of 22 (45.5%) from three-point range.
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What more does Georgia Tech need to do to get a win in these close games? The answer is somewhere out there.
Now the whole Yellow Jackets Nation needs to splash some water in their face, and the players need to simply shake this tough loss off.
The Jackets have a trip to Durham, NC to face “Coach K” (and the K means 1,000 wins) Mike Kryzewski and his Duke Blue Devils.