The cold weather didn’t deter the fans of college basketball from coming out to watch Georgia Tech take on #9 North Carolina Tar Heels. One thing was evident from the outset of this game is that the Heels definitely had at least some of the comforts of home.
Georgia Tech is coming of a 66-53 loss to Duke on Saturday, a game in which they gave the Blue Devils all they wanted but fell short in the end because … well Duke is pretty good.
Out the gate the Yellow Jackets made it clear that if they didn’t do one thing well, that one thing was going to be play defense. Early on both teams struggled getting buckets but Freshman Point Guard Coby White would get the wheels turning for the Heels as he scored 8 points in the first 10 mins.
Tech struggled mightily the whole first half but they did manage to get some scoring from Senior Forward, Abdoulaye Gueye who scored 6 straight points despite Tech shooting only 28% from the field. The heels were led by Cameron Johnson with 9 points that first half.
At the half this game wasn’t exactly shaping out to be a shoot out with the Heels taking a 31-24.
In the 2nd half, it was a totally different ballgame. The Heels would begin to pull away after back to back threes by Cameron Johnson and the next time down the floor he threw down a dunk over James Bank to bring the UNC faithful to its feet.
It is was a lot of UNC faithful in the building.
The chant “Tar-Heels” began to rang out and before you know it the score was 45-29 and Coach Pastner called a timeout to try and regain his teams composure.
Yea, that didn’t work.
The second half was basically a questions of who was gonna hurt the Yellow Jackets more, Johnson or White.
The answer to the question is yes.
They both took turns scoring the ball and the talent gap made was made extremely evident. White and Johnson finished with 22 and 19 points respectively as the Tar Heels would outscore the Jackets 46-30 in the 2nd half.
“Those two guys early in the 2nd half were special.”
– Coach R. Williams (speaking about Johnson or White).
With two minutes left UNC was up 73-47 and most of the media guys were about 95% finished with their stories and the only reason people didn’t leave early is because it was so cold outside.
Honestly speaking everyone knew Tech didn’t have the dogs to run with the heels. This is a young team that plays hard defense and that is about it. After the game Coach Pastner wasn’t shy about holding his young guards accountable.
“I told Jose (Alvarado) and Michael (Devoe), those two gotta be better for us. They got the ball in their hands, it’s their responsibility they gotta be responsible.” – Coach Pastner
The duo of Alvarado and Devoe combined for 14 points on 5-19 shooting. Simply put, Tech wont win many games with that type of performance.
Next up for the Yellow Jackets they travel to Tallahasse to take on FSU. The Tar Heels will try to get some redemption as they take on (15) Louisville on Saturday
Post game sound
UNC Freshman Nassir Little