ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech Yellow-Jackets welcomed the Virgina Tech hookies into Mccamish arena Wednesday night for their 2nd matchup in conference play. While it still remains to be seen what exactly this Tech team will be they are coming off an impressive 92-79 win over Wake Forest.
Tech is lead this season by its backcourt duo of Sophomore, Jose Alvarado (13.1 ppg) and Freshman Mike Devoe (12.8 ppg last 5 games). Brandon Alston is the lone Senior starter on this squad and it’s second leading scorer at 10.4 points a game.
The Virginia Tech Hookies are led by Sophomore wing, Nickeil Alexander-Walker who is leading the team with 18 points a game.
This game was dominated by the Tech team in Orange and not the one in White in Gold early on. The Hookies would jump out early to a 11-2 run before Alvarado would settle his team down with some key buckets to break the early drought.
Kerry Blackshear took advantage of Tech’s front line the first half finishing with 12 points in the first half of action. For the Yellow-Jackets it was all about Alvarado who single handedly kept Tech in this ball game. Going into the half he had 17 of the Tech’s 24 points. Despite shooting 32% as a team the Yellow Jackets were lucky to go into half only down by 5.
The Hookies started the 2nd half much like they started the game jumping out to a 10 point lead early in the half. Despite having a rough night shooting the ball, Alston would bring the Yellow-jackets within 2 with 5 minutes left in the game.
Moment of the game …Abdoulaye Gueye gets the ball in the corner with time running out and the Jackets down by 3 takes a shot from beyond the arc. During the release I say to the reporter beside me ..
“Oh, that’s not the shot you want.”
Splash!! The game is now tied.
Alston would come down the subsequent trip down the floor with a running jumper and give Tech the lead for the first time with 3:00 minutes left. Justin Anderson steps up and drills a three-pointer to answer putting the Hookies back on top by 1 and this game is officially headed down to the wire.
Devoe gets to the line and misses the first of a 1 on 1 with 1:16 left. Jackets get the ball back and with the shot clock running out Devoe finds James Banks right under the basket but can’t convert on the lay-in.
Tech would get two final chances but an Alston turnover followed by Gueye stepping out of bounds with 1.9 seconds left on the inbound pass had fans heading for the exit.
Georgia Tech would fall 52-49 and go to 1-1 in Conference play. After the game Alvarado talked a little about the fight his teammates displayed.
Coach Rasner was proud of how his guys showed up against the #9 team in the nation. He was honest about what hurt his team.
What hurt us most was offensive rebounding and 2nd chance points. We also had 18 turnovers.
Next up for Georgia Tech they head up to New York to take on the Syracuse Orangemen on Saturday.