Gameday Live Blog/Open Thread: Cornhuskers @ Yellow Jackets | Game 6
Continuing their busy week in which they play 3 games in a 7 day span, next up for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (3-2, 1-0 ACC) are the Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-3, 0-0 Big Ten) tonight at McCamish Pavilion.
Earlier this week, the Yellow Jackets found themselves back in the win column after narrowly avoiding an upset against Bethune-Cookman, having previously been on a two game losing streak thanks to Georgia and Arkansas.
Tipoff is set for 7:15pm, and you can catch the game on ESPNU.
Ahead of tonight's 7:15pm tip, be sure to check out our preview of the Cornhuskers and other related readings:
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
G Bubba Parham
G Michael Devoe
F Khalid Moore
F Moses Wright
F/C James Banks III
G Cam Mack
G Dachon Burke, Jr.
G Jervay Green
G Haanif Cheatham
F Yvan Ouedraogo
Update: Junior forward Evan Cole getting his second straight start tonight in place of senior center James Banks III.
Unlike some of their previous games, the Yellow Jackets don't get off to a slow start. At the first media timeout, they lead the Huskers 8-7. They've held Nebraska to just 3-10 from the field, but haven't done much better themselves as they are 4-10. They've given the Huskers a couple wide open shots but they haven't connected.
A quick 6 point run from the Huskers gave them a temporary 4 point lead, but Tech's defense and Nebraska's shooting ineptitude give the Jackets a 14-13 lead at the 10:38 mark. Were it not for a stretch where Tech only made 1 field goal in 10, they would be up by a much more significant margin.
Nebraska went from being on an over 4 minute scoring drought to making 3 field goals in a row to have a one point advantage over Tech at the 6:47 mark. They only have 3 turnovers, but are currently being out rebounded 19-16 by a team with the second worst rebounding margin in D1.
The Huskers have a 4 point advantage at the final media timeout of the first half. Michael Devoe has tried to attack the rim on two possessions in a row, but both times has been called for a charge.
Georgia Tech goes on a 10-2 run to end the first half, highlighted by an emphatic block by Moses Wright. A good 3 point shooting team, the Huskers have only shot 15.4% from beyond the arc, but are out rebounding the Jackets 23-21.
Coming out of the locker room, Tech has held the Huskers to just 1-7 shooting in the second half. Meanwhile, the Jackets have gone 5-8 including 4 points from Devoe and 5 from Wright. The Huskers keep finding themselves good looks, but nothing is falling.
Nebraska has reached a point where they cannot get anything to fall. Fred Hoiberg calls a timeout after his Huskers went on a stretch where they made only 1 field goal in their last 12 shots. This includes a stretch where they hadn't scored a point in nearly five and a half minutes. They're currently 4-10 at the free throw line. Meanwhile, Tech is up 48-37 at the 12:48 mark thanks in part to Michael Devoe's 20 points.
The Jackets have made 5 of their last 7 shots, including an alley oop by James Banks III fed by Khalid Moore. Tech is up 57-48 with 7:30 left to go.
Tech now has a pair of thunderous alley oop jams on the night, this time it's Devoe to Wright. At the final media timeout, Georgia Tech holds an 11 point advantage over Nebraska.
Final: Georgia Tech 73, Nebraska 56.