Despite the Yellow Jackets’ best effort to give the Eagles the game, Boston College basketball dropped its ninth contest in a row Saturday night, 65-54—in a very winnable game—against Georgia Tech in Atlanta.
The game consisted of two very different halves. In the first 20 minutes, Georgia Tech shot 16%, making 5 of 30 field goal attempts. The Yellow Jackets' two stars, Josh Okogie and Ben Lammers, went a combined 1-12. Countless times, Tech would take the ball to the rim and miss because they went up too soft.
Georgia Tech’s offensive futility was only slightly worse than what BC did on the offensive end. The Eagles shot just over 25% from the floor in the first half. Sharpshooters A.J. Turner and Jordan Chatman went a combined 1 for 7 from long range in the first, as BC shot 27% from deep in the first half.
At the break, Georgia Tech’s fantastic young head coach, Josh Pastner, made all the right adjustments. Pastner essentially used one lineup for all of the second half. Tadric Jackson, a bench player for GT, was part of that second half lineup for Pastner, and he played the best 20 minutes of his career. In the second half alone, Jackson had 20 points, going 8-10 from the floor. The junior guard finished the night with a career-high 29 points. Lammers also came alive in the second half—the Jackets' center missed only once in the second on his way to putting in 12 of his 14 points.
These contributions led Georgia Tech to convert a poor first-half performance to an impressive 66% shooting accuracy in the second half, pouring in 50 points.
On the other hand, the Eagles' second half was nearly as frustrating for viewers as the first. Christian's squad managed to knock down only a single three while turning the ball over eight times. Jerome Robinson’s foul trouble—and eventual fouling out—only made matters worse for BC. Robinson still led the Eagles in scoring with 17 points despite playing just 28 minutes.
While squandering a perfect opportunity to pick up their first ACC road victory, Jim Christian’s team used far more guys than we normally see BC play. Christian regularly plays just seven, with Chatman and Nik Popovic being the only two bench players who see consistent minutes. Saturday, however, Christian gave court time to Ervins Meznieks, who has seen increased minutes over the past few games, and freshman Mike Sagay. Depth has been one of the Eagles biggest issues all year as Christian continues to search for players he is comfortable bringing in to play the four when Connar Tava is out of the game.
The Eagles will look to rebound with a Valentine’s Day matchup on Tuesday night at home against rival Notre Dame.