The Georgia Tech men’s basketball team on Saturday night held on for a close victory over the Miami Hurricanes, 63-57. While it took a complete team effort, only one player walked away with our player of the game.
Jose Alvarado has been absolutely tremendous for Georgia Tech men’s basketball over the course of the last month or so and on Saturday night, the final night of February, Alvarado was once again tremendous. Alvarado helped lead the Yellow Jackets to their ninth conference win this season against Miami.
The junior guard on Saturday night led all scorers as he finished with 16-points, finishing February with six games of double-digit performances. The New York native went 7-for-15 from the field against the Hurricanes including 6-for-9 from inside the perimeter. He also finished the game with two assists, his 47th consecutive game with recording at least one assist.
While he was stellar offensively for the Jackets, Alvarado was also great defensively as he usually is.
Defensively, Alvarado finished the game with seven steals, the second highest steal total he’s recorded this season. His season high is nine, a number he recorded against the North Carolina State Wolfpack on January 25. Additionally, Alvarado has 13 steals in his last three games. Alvarado entering the final week of the regular season holds a defensive rating of 94.6 and a box plus/minus of 7.3, the second highest of any Georgia Tech regular, only behind James Banks III.
Two players worthy of honorable mentions against the Hurricanes include sophomore guard Michael Devoe and center James Banks III. Devoe was second on the Jackets in scoring, finishing just two-points behind Alvarado with 14-points. He also contributed six rebounds, two assists, and one steal in the winning effort. Banks III, on the other hand, contributed a double-double performance as he finished with 13-points and 14-rebounds on Saturday night.
The Yellow Jackets will cap off their home schedule for the 2019-20 season on Wednesday night against the Pittsburgh Panthers. The Yellow Jackets have won each of their last six games at home and will be looking for their first 10+ conference win season since the 1995-96 season when they won 13 ACC games under Bobby Cremins.