A big game against Duke helped land Gani Lawal his second career ACC player of the week award.
The Georgia Tech junior forward scored 21 points, had nine rebounds and hit a key turnaround jumper with 1:01 left to help defeat then No. 5 Duke 71-67 on Saturday. Lawal also scored 21 in Tech’s loss to Georgia earlier in the week.
Lawal scored 14 of his 21 points against Duke in the second half, and went 4-for-4 from the free throw line. He’s improved from a 55.6 percent free throw shooter to 70.6 percent this year. That might have something to do with his new positive mindset at the foul line.
“When I’m at the line I’m thinking ‘Indianapolis, Final Four,’” he said. “If I make free throws, it’ll be a key part of getting to Indianapolis, come April.”