Georgia Tech marched into Cameron Indoor and gave Duke all they could handle but ultimately fell 66-53. It was an inspiring effort and one that many saw coming. Duke came into the game 22 point favorites and their starting point guard, Tre Jones, was returning from injury. The Jackets were also a man down again as Brandon Alston dressed out, but never saw any action.
Tech was playing their style of basketball in the first half, defense and cash in on the fast breaks. AD Gueye and Michael Devoe led the way in the first half offensively and on the defensive side it was all hands on deck. Especially when Gueye and James Banks saw each other get 3 fouls a piece in the first half, it called for guys like Evan Cole to lay extended minutes, and he played well in those bigger minutes.
The Jackets took a 2 point lead into the break and then opened the 2nd half on a 6-0 run to extended their lead to 8 and forced Coach K to call a timeout. After that is where Duke went on their run. Tech was up 7 and forced a steal and a bad pass trying to force the ball down the floor resulted in a turnover and a Cam Reddish 3. That sparked a 13-0 run and the Blue Devils kept pouring it on after that and really out the game away. RJ Barrett and Zion Williamson took over to ice the game.
Georgia Tech was just too sloppy in the 2nd half. Way too many turnovers that lead to easy baskets for Duke and a few missed shots around the rim. The team seemingly ran out of gas, but they kept on fighting.
Tech had 18 turnovers and shot just 2-6 at the FT line(compared to Duke’s 16-19) and that is not the recipe for trying to pull of an upset. Granted, the refs were not giving the Jackets any favors either by calling several cheap fouls and missed several calls on Duke.
Regardless, it was an impressive effort as Tech held the high powered Duke offense to their lowest point total of the year, of 66, and their lowest 3 point % of the season a 9.5%(!!).
Georgia Tech returns home Tuesday to face the 11th ranked Tar Heels of North Carolina where they will bid for another upset.
ICYMI: James Banks dunked on Zion Williamson in this game, check it out below!
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By: Bret Anderson