Hewitt’s good wins and bad losses

Paul Hewitt was fired earlier today after 11 seasons as the Yellow Jackets’ basketball coach. Here are five biggest wins and worst losses during his career in Atlanta:

Five big wins

1. Georgia Tech 77, No. 1 Connecticut 61 (Nov. 26, 2003): The unranked Jackets stunned the Huskies to advance to the championship game of the preseason NIT. It was Tech’s most-recent win over a top-ranked team. They are 0-for-3 since. B.J. Elder and Isma’il Muhammad scored 22 points each for the Jackets.

2. Georgia Tech 67, Oklahoma State 65 (April 3, 2004): Will Bynum’s layup with 1.5 seconds left sent the Yellow Jackets into the NCAA tournament’s national championship game. The Cowboys tied the game at 65 with 26.3 seconds remaining, before Bynum drove down the right side of the line for the game-winner.

3. No. 22 Georgia Tech 102, No. 5 Wake Forest 101 (Jan. 27, 2005): Jarrett Jack hit two free throws with 4.4 seconds left in over to win the game. Bynum had 30 points in the game. Hewitt said this was probably his favorite moment at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

4. No. 19 Georgia Tech 76, No. 3 Duke 68 (March 3, 2004): The win snapped the Blue Devils’ 41-game winning streak at Cameron Indoor Stadium, at the time the longest in the nation. Jack had 15 points and 8 rebounds.

5. Georgia Tech 79, Kansas 71 overtime (March 28, 2004): Jack scored eight of his 29 points in overtime to lead the Jackets to their first Final Four since 1990. The team wasn’t at full strength because Elder had a sprained ankle. Tech’s defense limited the Jayhawks to 40-percent shooting and 15 turnovers.

Honorable mention: Tech defeated ranked Virginia teams three times in Hewitt’s first season, wins that helped propel the Jackets to the NCAA Tournament.

Five bad losses

1. Kennesaw State 80, Georgia Tech 63 (Nov. 15, 2010): This loss to the up-the-interstate neighbor, in the season’s second game in front of a record crowd, may have permanently turned many of the on-the-fence fans against Hewitt. Tech may have been prepared, but they didn’t look it. The Jackets were blitzed by the Owls, who hit 43.5-percent of their 3-pointers. Most galling? Kennesaw State won just six more games.

2. UNC-Greensboro 83, Georgia Tech 74 (Nov. 9, 2007): It was not quite the season-opener fans expected after the Jackets advanced to the NCAA Tournament the previous year. Tech had a four-point lead at halftime but Greensboro used a 12-0 run early in the second half to take control of the game.

t-3. Illinois-Chicago, 73, Georgia Tech 51; Illinois-Chicago 66, Georgia Tech 60 (Nov. 25, 2005 and Dec. 14, 2008): Yes, the Jackets lost to the Flames twice. Neither time did Chicago later advance to the NCAA tournament.

5. Georgia 79, Georgia Tech 72 (Jan. 9, 2008): While this wasn’t a great Georgia Tech team, it was a horrible Georgia team.

– Doug Roberson, AJC

13 comments Add your comment

Gordon

March 12th, 2011
12:01 pm

UGA 73, Tech 66 on January 5th, 2010. They had some walkons, we had 3 McDonald AA’s. That’s when I gave up on Hewitt.

BB's

March 12th, 2011
12:11 pm

I agree with Gordon. That was the last game I watched without complete bias. Hewitt should have been fired and left to find his way home from Athens after that one.

Who cares

March 12th, 2011
2:13 pm

Illinois-Chicago owned us. I remember the Duke win and had fun that night. To bad there weren’t more moments like that with the talent CPH had.

BDT

March 12th, 2011
3:19 pm

‘Bout damn time!

TDOne

March 12th, 2011
3:55 pm

I live in Northern Virginia. In Jan 2007, I went up to College Park to see Tech play Maryland. Tech lost by 20 and looked like a high school team. I lost a lot of respect for Hewitt that night because we could not even inbound the ball. But I think the thing that got me most was our inablility to win on the road, anywhere.

craigger

March 12th, 2011
4:37 pm

I think you should swap #1 and #2 on the win list. That game winning shot against OK State should be #1. That was the single most exciting game I have ever watched as a Tech Fan. Also, you should have put GT vs UNC in the 2004 ACCT semi final where Jarret Jack hit a shot with a second left to win the game. Id but both of those over a preseason win against UCONN.

Ric Flair

March 12th, 2011
5:28 pm

Long list, would rather forget and move on. Noodles Neal?

aardvarkbase

March 12th, 2011
6:03 pm

If you take away the 2004 run to the Final Four, we had basically a .500 record over the other 10 seasons. That’s just not acceptable with the level of talent that has come through the program. Favors, Lawal, Crittenton, Young, Jack, Elder, Bosh. There are so many glaring issues- like was said above- the inability to even inbounds the ball properly…. for years and years that’s been an issue! The offense is a street ball unorganized joke. I love the guy, but he completely lost his ability to coach. He was good in 04, but has been horrible since. Good luck, PH.

John

March 14th, 2011
8:27 am

Time to move on. The long Yellow Jacket Nation Nightmare is FINALLY over!!

supersize that order, mutt

March 14th, 2011
7:05 pm

We have got to get a good coach in to right this ship. Let’s just pray Calipari accepts our offer.

Ga_Sou_Eagles

March 16th, 2011
12:49 pm

Gordon,

You, sir, are a better man than me. I had long since abandoned ship due to the lack of output from said AA’s. If I hear “Just like football,” chanted one more time, I may start looking for a new team after 24 years of loyalty.

gte773w

March 16th, 2011
12:50 pm

Hewitt lost his assistants after the success of the 2004 season. Specifically, the assistant that coached half court offense… enough said… Hewitt is a great defensive coach, but he needed help with offense and what did he do? Hire operations assistants who basically could push paper only… His early successes were also due to a deep bench to rotate players in and out of the game to full court press… When was the last time you saw Tech full court press for a whole game…. years….. losing years…..

C C

March 17th, 2011
12:04 pm

Thanks for a good list. Agreed that the ACCT game vs UNC was awesome. Was at a packed Jocks ‘n Jills watching J Jack hit the jumper. The place erupted nicely. Was lucky enough to attend the #1, 2, and 3 good wins…and unfortunate enough to see those bad UNCG and UIC losses at AMC.

This year’s UVA home loss was pretty awful I’ve heard. One of the very few ACC games at AMC I’ve missed lately.