Georgia Tech basketball’s season came to an end on Tuesday with a loss to Notre Dame in the first round of the ACC Tournament.
Georgia Tech Basketball entered the ACC Tournament on Tuesday with a two-game winning streak and some momentum to make a little noise in the brackets but would come up short of a rally in the second half against Notre Dame.
The mantra of the entire season for coach Josh Pastner has been the ability of the Yellow Jackets to be elite defenders in the conference and to increase their survivability against opponents. Notre Dame eliminated that threat fairly quickly on Tuesday. The Irish would lead by 20 at the half and would be able to hold off a surging Georgia Tech team in the second half. Georgia Tech would get to within three points with under 3 minutes left in the game but would get no closer ultimately falling 78-71
Notre Dame shot 57.1% from 3-point range on the day, way outperforming the Yellow Jackets who shot 36.8% from beyond the arch. John Mooney shot 50% from the field for Notre Dame scoring 20 points and leading all scorers for the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame would outbound Georgia Tech 37-28, and also won the turnover battle over the Jackets 10-17.
Moses Wright accounted for almost all of the Jackets points with 25 on the day only missing one field goal in the second half. His performance would be instrumental in keeping Tech in the game in the second half along with teammates Khalid Moore and James Banks.
Jose Alvarado had another tough game for the Jackets scoring 3 points going 1-8 from the field, continuing a troubling theme from the season. It has seemed at times that the team goes as Alverado goes, and he was never really able to live up to that expectation on a consistent basis during the year.
Notre Dame will advance to face Louisville tomorrow night at 7 p.m while the Yellow Jackets will return to Atlanta and start preparing for next season