Georgia Tech Basketball: Jackets season comes to end with loss to Boston College

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 06: Ben Lammers
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 06: Ben Lammers /

The Georgia Tech basketball team concluded it’s 2017-18 season on Tuesday afternoon with an opening round defeat in the ACC Tournament.

The long and disappointing 2017-18 season for the Georgia Tech basketball team is finally over. On Tuesday afternoon, the Jackets fell to the Boston College Eagles 87-77 in the opening round of the ACC tournament.

The Jackets finished the season with a 13-19 record overall and went 6-13 in ACC play when including their opening round defeat. The Jackets 13-19 record comes a season after the Jackets had a promising season and a deep NIT run that saw the program finish with a 21-16 record and the runner ups in the NIT Tournament.

The Jackets on Tuesday never seemed to really be in the game or show a sense of urgency. As a team, the Jackets were sloppy throughout the game, totaling 13 turnovers in the game and 29 personal fouls. Tuesday’s game was a summary of how most games went for the Jackets this season and was a fitting ending for the season.

If anything was fitting in a good way for the Jackets, it was that Tadric Jackson and Ben Lammers went out big in their final games as Yellow Jackets. Most of the Jackets offense on Tuesday came from the senior duo. Tadric Jackson’s 29-points and Ben Lammers’s 18-points was over half of the Jackets total points while the rest of the team had just 30 points combined.

For Boston College, the ball was spread out evenly as four different Eagles topped double-digits. Sophomore guard Ky Bowman lead the way with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Guards Jordan Chatmann and Jerome Robinson contributed 13 and 19 points while sophomore forward Nik Popivc put up 20-points in the Eagles win.

The 19 losses on the season for the Jackets marks the third time in this decade that the program has reached the 19 loss market in a single-season. The three seasons with winning percentages equal or worse than .387 are the same amount the Jackets had in the 30-seasons prior to the current decade.

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For the Jackets, it’s a season marred by injuries and off the court distractions. It’s a season that fans will like to forget but a season that the program shouldn’t and won’t anytime soon. It will be a season that the program will need to learn from and while it has a lot to figure, there still remains reason to have high hopes for the program going forward under Josh Pastner.