Though Georgia Tech’s men’s basketball team has allowed three teams to hit at least 10 3-pointers against them, coach Paul Hewitt said there’s not a common thread.
The most recent barrage came from Georgia in Tuesday’s 73-72 loss, which included Dustin Ware’s game-winner, which Hewitt called “inexcusable.”
While not satisfied with his team’s 3-point defense (38 percent allowed), Hewitt said the reasons for the success that Georgia, Northwestern and Kennesaw State had from beyond the arc were somewhat different:
Hewitt was asked if teams are getting better looks because the Yellow Jackets, who are smaller than most of their opponents, are concentrating on interior defense and rebounding. The Yellow Jackets have outrebounded six of their eight opponents. He said no, listing the reasons above.
In the press conference after the loss to Georgia, Hewitt said he thought Mfon Udofia did the right thing when he left Ware to try and stop the penetration of Georgia point guard Gerald Robinson, who beat the top of Tech’s matchup zone and had gotten into the free-throw lane.
After watching the film, Hewitt said Udofia shouldn’t have left Ware because Robinson had nowhere to go once he got into the lane. Tech’s players were instructed not to leave Ware, but Udofia slid over because “he was trying to make a play,” according to Hewitt.
The Yellow Jackets (4-4) will host Savannah State (1-9) at 4 p.m. Saturday. The Tigers are hitting 31 percent of their 3-pointers.
Big men and fouls
Hewitt also said how impressed he was with the play of redshirt freshmen Daniel Miller and true freshman Nate Hicks. But he would like to see them be more aggressive.
Miller is 4 points and 4.6 rebounds in 23.1 minutes per game. Hicks is averaging 2 points and 3 rebounds in 8 minutes. Neither have fouled out this season. Hewitt pointed out that Syracuse game as one in which they were far too passive. Syracuse hit 56 percent of its shots and 26 of its 38 free throws.
“Use your fouls,” he said.