Georgia Tech slips against Syracuse


The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets suffer a tough home loss to the Syracuse Orangemen 46-45. Coach Gregory’s team is now 0-2 in ACC Conference play after an overtime loss to Notre Dame in their conference opener.

The first half of the game was pretty much an even back and forth. Neither team ever led the game by more than three points at any given time. Tech and Syracuse both had trouble shooting the ball as they shot 35 and 33 percent respectively from the floor. The Yellow Jackets got a strong first half from forward Charles Mitchell, as he led the team with nine points and six rebounds before the intermission. Syracuse relied on Rakeem Christmas scoring 12 points to guide them to a 28-27 lead at the break.

The second half was more of the same bad shooting for both clubs. Neither the Jackets nor th Orangemen could find their rhythm shooting. Nine minutes into the second half, each team had only scored five points. Georgia Tech had a bright spot around the 10-minute mark where the team hit back-to-back 3-pointers to take a 41-37 lead. Both teams exchanged the lead until Rakeem Christmas hit the final two go-ahead free throws with 13 seconds left in the game.

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Georgia Tech was led by Charles Mitchell’s double-double, with 17 points and 11 rebounds. No other Yellow Jacket was able to reach double-digit scoring.

The Orangemen were paced by Christmas’ 18 points and eight rebounds, and also got 14 points and 10 boards out of guard Michael Gbinije.

Next up for Georgia Tech is a road game against conference foe Wake Forest on January 10.