ATLANTA, GA. – The Boston College Men’s basketball team stymied the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the first half and went into the break leading 22-15. After that, Georgia Tech’s Tadric Jackson completely took over and led Georgia Tech to a dominant 2nd half and eventual 65-54 win.
The first half was, in a word, ugly. Neither team was shooting well from outside, couldn’t finish their drives to the hoop, and seemingly turned the ball over more times than they scored. BC led by 7 at halftime, but only because of how bad Georgia Tech’s offense was playing. Perhaps the strangest stat of the game was Georgia Tech’s Ben Lammer having 14 rebounds in the 1st half, mainly because BC was missing so many shots.
Boston College experienced its biggest lead of the game, 22-8, with 3:08 left in the first half.
In the last 3 minutes of the half, the momentum shifted the Yellow Jackets’ way, and they finished the first frame on a 7-0 run.
Things continued going GT’s way once the second half began.
Both teams started well in the 2nd half, trading baskets to make it a 28-22 game in favor of BC just 3 minutes into that period. But then BC’s offense went cold, and GT’s got yellow-hot. Georgia Tech fought back to go up 34-32 with 12 minutes to go in the game, and didn’t look back from there.
Tadric Jackson was a one-man show for Georgia Tech once they got their offense going. He finished the game with a career-high 29 points on 12-21 shooting. The junior guard dominated the Eagles’ defense inside and out, hitting a couple from behind the arc and consistently getting open for shots or driving the ball to the hoop. Ben Lammers played second-fiddle to Jackson, finishing with 14 points and 17 boards.
For Boston College, it was much of the same offense that we’ve seen from them this year. Jerome Robinson had 17 and Ky Bowman had 13.
And unlike past games where Jordan Chatman or A.J. Turner or Mo Jeffers stepped up, nobody else had much of a hand in BC’s offensive output this game. Turner had 5 on 2-11 from the field and the Jeffers-Tava duo combined for 12 points. Chatman, meanwhile, has simmered down considerably since his hot streak, and finished with only 2 points on 0-8 shooting from the field.
Boston College had its worst offensive game of the season against a solid GT defense, shooting 4-18 from the deep and 22-67 overall, good for 33%. Their free-throw shooting woes continued, going 6-12 from the line.
Boston College’s losing streak is now one game away from double digits.
The Eagles play host to Notre Dame on Tuesday night at 7 PM, which would be a fantastic time for them to snap this streak.