Gameday Live Blog/Open Thread: Orange @ Yellow Jackets | Game 7

Matthew McGavic

Capping off their busy week in which they play 3 games in a 7 day span, next up for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (4-2, 1-0 ACC) are the Syracuse Orange (4-4, 0-1 ACC).

Tech is currently on a 2 game win streak, narrowly avoiding an upset to Bethune-Cookman this past Sunday, then responding with a much more decisive win against Nebraska three days later. The Jackets are hoping to move to 2-0 in conference play for the first time since the 2005-06 season.

Tipoff is set for 12:00pm, and you can catch the game on the ACC Network.

PREGAME/PREVIEW

Ahead of today's 12:00pm tip, be sure to check out our preview of the Orange and other related readings:

What To Watch For Vs. Syracuse

Tale of The Tape: Syracuse Orange

Josh Pastner Talks About Syracuse's Zone Defense & Michael Devoe's Success

Michael Devoe Confident That Georgia Tech Will Shoot Well Against Syracuse

Probable Starters:

- Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

G Bubba Parham

G Michael Devoe

F Khalid Moore

F Moses Wright

F/C James Banks III

- Syracuse Orange

G Joseph Girard

G Buddy Boeheim

F Elijah Hughes

F Marek Dolezaj

F Bourama Sidibe

FIRST HALF:

Syracuse is shooting the lights out to begin the game. They're 7-11 from the field and 5-7 from beyond the arc at the 14:55 mark of the game. Cuse's Elijah Hughes has been the driving force for the Orange, as he is 4-4 from downtown thus far. Meanwhile Tech has only connected on 3 of their 9 shots. They trail Cuse 19-7.

It's not getting much better for the Jackets at the second media timeout. The Orange are currently on a 23-5 run while Tech has missed 8 of their last 10 shots. Just 8 and a half minutes into the game, Elijah Hughes already has 16 points on 6-7 shooting. James Banks III, Bubba Parham and Moses Wright are the only Tech players to crack the scoreboard.

Not much is going right for the Yellow Jackets. Cuse continues to shoot at a high caliber and find the open man while nothing seems to be falling for themselves. ACC leading scorer Michael Devoe has only a singular point off a free throw and Tech is also being out rebounded 16-11.

Syracuse is starting to pull away from the Jackets in a big way. Cuse is on a 7-0 run, while Tech is on a 3 minute scoring drought and has committed 4 turnovers in the last 4:06.

HALFTIME STATS:

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SECOND HALF:

Right out of the gates, Syracuse got right back to work. Instead of Elijah Hughes continuing to light up the Jackets, this time it's Buddy Boeheim. In just the first few minutes of the second half, he has connected on all 4 of his shots with 3 of them being beyond the arc.

At this point in the game, the Jackets have resorted to applying a full court press in hopes of getting back into the game. It had momentary success with a turnover leading to a Bubba Parham layup, but also was responsible for Cuse's Elijah Hughes making way for a wide open dunk, which resulted in him typing his career high of 28 points. Tech trails by 23 with 11:49 left to go.

Cuse gets Back-to-back threes from Joseph Girard III and they're now shooting 44.4% from beyond the arc (12-27)

Nothing much that Georgia tech can do at this point to prevent the Orange onslaught. Buddy Boeheim continues to be the go-to guy for Syracuse in the second half, scoring 15 points on 5-7 shooting. The only double digit scorer for the Yellow Jackets is Moses Wright with 13 points, and is one rebound away from a double double.

At the final timeout of the game, it's pretty much a down deal at this point. Cuse leads 90-56, and their two leading scorers on the season in Elijah Hughes and Buddy Boeheim have both set career highs. Meanwhile Tech has shot just 37.9% from the field, missed 10 free throws and turned the ball over 19 times.

Final: Syracuse 97, Georgia Tech 63.

Final Stats:

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