Georgia Tech slips late in 65-63 loss to Virginia Tech


The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets were in firm control on Monday night in Blacksburg.

Then, they weren’t.

Brian Gregory’s team led for the first 19 minutes and 40 seconds of the second half, but Virginia Tech’s Malik Muller knocked down what was eventually a game-winning three with 20 seconds remaining to sink the Yellow Jackets. Following that 3-pointer from Muller, Tech forward Marcus Georges-Hunt missed a potential clincher with 5 seconds remaining, and the Hokies finished off an unlikely 65-63 final result.

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Monday night was a brutal defeat for the Ramblin’ Wreck, simply because of the circumstance. The Jackets fall to 2-10 in ACC play with the loss, but this was a game that Georgia Tech almost certainly should have prevailed in, and with no disrespect to Virginia Tech, the Yellow Jackets are the more talented team.

Unfortunately, the offensive woes that have plagued this team all year reared their head in Blacksburg. Georgia Tech finished the night with ugly shooting numbers, including 37.7% from the floor and 21.1% from 3-point range, and not even a 39-27 rebounding advantage could overcome that now trademark lack of playmaking.

At 11-13 overall and 2-10 in conference play, there isn’t a lot to get excited about for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, but the season isn’t over. The Jackets will be in action again on Saturday as they host Florida State at McCamish Pavilion, and Tech will look to bounce back with what will hopefully be a spirited effort.