The Yellow Jackets got back on track Wednesday night behind a monster night from sophomore guard Josh Okogie with a 64-54 win over the No. 15 Hurricanes.
It wasn’t even the prettiest of performances, but Georgia Tech (7-7, 1-1 ACC) still did enough to take down a highly ranked Miami team at home in Atlanta. It was just what a limping Tech squad needed to bounce back to .500 in Atlantic Coast Conference play.
Sophomore guard Josh Okogie had himself a night back home at McCamish Pavilion, posting 30 points and nine rebounds for the Jackets. He also had three steals, a block and an assist in the win.
The Jackets and Hurricanes went into the half all tied up at 28-28 in what was a streaky shooting game for both teams. Tech just happened to have the last strong offensive push for the win, and played solid defense down the stretch as well.
Freshman Jose Alvarado had a solid outing, putting up a dozen points. He also had a pair of steals and a pair of key blocks in the game.
Dewan Huell was Miami’s only player in double digits with 13. His team was held to a 4-for-19 performance on three point attempts and just over 37 percent on field goals. Meanwhile, the Jackets hit only one three pointer out of ten attempts, but shot nearly 40 percent from the field.
Big man Ben Lammers had a solid night, posting eight points, eight rebounds, three steals and a pair of blocks for his team. Of the seven Jackets posting minutes for Tech, all but one scored.
Josh Pastner had good things to say about his team after the upset win. “We are getting better. We needed a win to show it,” Pastner told the media after the game. “This was good for our confidence.”
Georgia Tech was 17-23 on free throw attempts, a stat that was padded in the final minutes as the Jackets held a close lead. Okogie led the team, making nine out of his 12 attempts from the line.
The Yellow Jackets get back to action hosting the Bulldogs of Yale at McCamish Pavilion Saturday night at 7 p.m.