Georgia Tech had to deal with a tough loss to Kennesaw State on November 15th, but as of late the Paul Hewitt-led Yellow Jackets have been playing better.
Brian Oliver is a 6’6 sophomore and is instrumental if Tech is to have a successful season especially with star forwards Gani Lawal and Derrick Favors leaving for the NBA earlier this year.
Oliver is a three-point specialist and had shown flashes of brilliance in his freshman year. In a November 27th game against Top-10 ranked Syracuse, Oliver’s performance almost lifted Georgia Tech to an upset win.
Despite Oliver’s heroics which culminated to a career-high 32 point effort wasn’t quite enough as Syracuse got a more balanced effort from multiple players as Syracuse slipped past Georgia Tech, 80-76.
Kris Joseph along with Scoop Jardine were two of five players who scored double figures and were able to overcome Oliver’s three-point barrage and their own shooting problems as the Orange won the Legends Classic.
The Orange (6-0) remained perfect and Joseph was able to overcome first half foul trouble and scored 19 points. Point guard Scoop Jardine netted 15 points and collected eight assists.
The Orange’s Rick Jackson had a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds.
It was a two point game at halftime as Syracuse had battled back from an early deficit to lead 38-36 at halftime. Syracuse started the second half with a flurry and Tech got behind by ten points, 71-61.
The game got very physical in the end as Georgia Tech edge closer and closer. However, Joseph was the recipient of a flagrant foul with 47.5 seconds left and Jardine substituted the injured Joseph to shoot the free throws.
Even though Oliver was called for the flagrant, his strong play kept Tech in the game. Oliver ended the game going 12 for 21 from the field and connected on six of eleven three-point attempts.
Unfortunately, Oliver’s teammates were too silent as Syracuse was able to get enough from others to seal the victory.
Tech’s Inman Shumpert scored 11 points and eight rebounds and Jason Morris made a key jumper in the second half, but managed to score just 10 points in the Yellow Jackets loss.
Tech will next play on November 30th against Northwestern.
Syracuse will next play on November 30th against Cornell.