Georgia Tech edges Dawgs 80-71

Any coach, player or fan knows that the most critical parts of a college basketball game are the last four minutes of the first half and the first four minutes of the second half. A team can either build or lose momentum heading into the break, and they can either set or lose the tone coming out of intermission.

On Friday night in Athens, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets dominated this 8-minute section of the game, resulting in their second straight win in the Classic City (something that hadn’t been done since the 1960-1961 seasons).

After playing slightly behind for the majority of the first half, Kenny Gaines actually gave UGA a 31-30 lead following a pair of made free throws. Juwan Parker scored on the ensuing possession, and Georgia held a 33-30 advantage with 4:11 remaining before the break.

Tech, however, used 5 points from point guard Trae Golden and two Georgia turnovers to go on a 13-5 run to close out the half, with the Yellow Jackets leading 43-38 after 20 minutes of play.

They Yellow Jackets opened up the second half with a 12-2 run, and after another Golden three-pointer Tech found itself holding a commanding 55-40 advantage with 16:46 left in the game.

The Dawgs were never able to cut much into this lead, and Tech cruised out of Athens with a 80-71 victory, their third of the season.

Georgia Tech was lead offensively by Trae Golden, who finished the game with a team-high 18 points.

As a team, UGA played fairly well defensively, limiting the Jackets to under 39% from the floor. Tech did get several easy baskets along the baseline due to some slow rotations by the Georgia bigs, but other than that Coach Fox had to be pleased with the defensive effort.

Offensively, Georgia looks too much like a one-man show. Sophomore Charles Mann shouldered the scoring load for the Dawgs, putting up a career-high 24 points (including a scorching 4 for 4 performance from beyond the arc). Unfortunately though, Mann also led UGA with 7 turnovers – however, some of those can be attributed to a lack of help around him (at times it looked as if Mann was just trying too hard to create offense).

After two scrimmages against UNC-Pembroke and Wofford, Georgia got its first taste of real Division I competition and Charles Mann appeared to be the only player ready to make something happen with the ball in his hands.

UGA’s lack of an inside presence (once again) allowed the Jackets to extend their defense to the perimeter, placing added pressure on Mann and fellow sophomore Kenny Gaines, who ended up with 13 points, but it was at the expense of a 3 for 10 shooting performance.

Coach Fox will need an inside player to step up and take some of the pressure off Mann and Gaines if this team hopes to find much success this season.

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8 thoughts on “Georgia Tech edges Dawgs 80-71

    1. Some things I saw;
      The team played without discipline. Looked lost out there much of the time.
      Marcus and Donte still can’t play and still get major minutes.
      Mann played more like a shooting guard than than a point guard.
      Mann and Nemi are improved. The rest -not so much.
      The zone did not work.
      Rebounding was awful.
      It looked like Gaines was afraid to shoot. Also Nemi the 3 point.
      Dixon is exactly like last year-Cannon is a better choice.
      Free throws were not adequate.
      Fox was outcoached big time-too many players that can’t play and yet played.
      Not a good start.

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        1. Recruiting is a problem, but you have to make the most of what you have. I don’t think we did that. We have some talent. The scoring spurts by opposing teams have been a continuing event that puts games out of reach. Fox can’t seem to stop those. Call a timeout?

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  1. I was beyond frustrated with our bigs. We were completely dominated on the glass and in the paint. I hate to say this because in all the years of being a ticket holder I have never complained about a particular kid, however, Tim Dixon is like playing 4 on 5. You are really short handing yourself with that rotation. Donte however seems to have lost all desire to play. He was great his freshman year above the rim. Now he attempts 15 ft jumpers and doesn’t attempt to out rebound anyone. Also, Forte needs to work on his D but Coach also needs to let the mistakes go. Sitting him for long periods because of defensive miscues limits us on getting those points back.

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    1. At one point, we had 4 bigs under the basket and one Tech guy. Tech guy took the rebound and scored, uncontested. Flatfooted rebounding and no blockouts. We need guys in there that want to play.

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  2. Good post. I did not catch the entire game but positive things from from Mann. My highest hopes from this team are a winning record in and out of sec play. I would consider that a moral victory and a building block for fox. If not, you have to wonder how long he has to right the ship in Athens. He will have been given the chance to do it with all his players. I don’t see why we didn’t go to the juco ranks to look for post players – that seems like a great place for a coach who is struggling to recruit 4 and 5 star post players.

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  3. Hoop – you didn’t mention what I saw as the biggest flaw in Georgia’s play by far…total absence of defensive rebounding. The zone D held Tech to a poor percentage on initial shots, but they KILLED us on the offensive glass. If the guys can’t block out and rebound in the zone you can’t play zone. Poor marks for Coach Fox on that point for not adjusting.

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