Georgia Tech stays in last place in ACC with loss to Virginia Tech
“They’re really good players,” Pastner said. “They put us in the paint. They stretched us a bit.
While Pastner again used the small formation for nearly half the game, Virginia Tech followed the path of other ACC teams who were able to pursue Jackets forwards Jordan Usher and Khalid Moore to the basket. Tech, whose teams with Pastner pride themselves on having a shot-blocking presence in the middle, is last in the ACC with a two-point field goal percentage in championship games at 55.1%.
Georgia Tech had at least one consolation, as guard Michael Devoe broke free for a game-high 30 points, his third 30-point game of the season. Devoe was 5 for 9 from 3-point range, tying his season-high for 3-pointers made. Devoe had been 7 for 32 from 3-point range in Tech’s previous six games.
“I was glad he was gone,” Pastner said. “We need Michael to score like this pretty much every game for us.”
The game wasn’t complete without more extended scoring droughts by the Jackets. After Devoe tied the game at 23 with a layup at 8:26 of the first half, the Jackets scored just once in the next five minutes as the Hokies charged into a 15-2 frenzy.
“Once again we entered our famous dry spell, where we just couldn’t score,” Pastner said.
Georgia Tech (9-12 overall, 2-8 ACC) opened the second half by scoring six points in the first seven minutes, allowing Virginia Tech (12-10, 4-7) to take its biggest lead the game at 63-41 and put the game out of reach.
One streak seemed to particularly illustrate the flow of play. Down 14 points with about 17:10 left in the game, forward Jordan Usher had a dunk try ricochet off the back of the rim. Guard Kyle Sturdivant got the rebound and the ball came back to Usher, who then missed a falling jumper near the elbow. Forward Khalid Moore got the rebound and his return was canceled as well. Virginia Tech’s David N’guessan grabbed the rebound, handed it to Murphy, who dribbled up the court, got a screen and was wide open for a 3-pointer, which he hit.
The Jackets managed to cut the lead to 11 points twice, the last time with 2:30 to play, but by then they had run out of time for the rally to make much sense.
For the game, the Jackets shot 40% from the field. Aside from Devoe’s 11-for-19 shooting, the rest of the team was 13-for-41 (31.7%).
Georgia Tech missed a chance to leave last place in the ACC. Virginia Tech sent the Jackets to their second straight loss after they looked like they might have recovered with an upset from Florida State last Wednesday.
Tech’s next game is Saturday at home against Clemson.