Tech withstands UGA rally

UPDATED, 10:45 p.m. Georgia Tech guard Mfon Udofia reversed direction on Georgia guard Vincent Williams and, eschewing caution, drove hard to the basket. On his path, he was tripped by Georgia center Donte’ Williams and flipped the ball off the backboard.

The shot was followed by an official whistling the foul and then the roar of the sellout crowd at McCamish Pavilion as the ball, to Udofia’s surprise, dropped through the basket. Ahead at the time by five points with just under a minute remaining, the play buffeted Georgia’s late comeback attempt as the Yellow Jackets prevailed 62-54 over the Bulldogs Tuesday night.

“Mfon made some senior plays,” Georgia coach Mark Fox said.

The win gave Tech its second consecutive win over Georgia since winning three in a row 1992-94. The Jackets improved to 5-2 while Georgia dropped to 2-6. Tech coach Brian Gregory, who last season led Tech to its first win in Athens after 13 consecutive losses, singled out Udofia and fellow senior Pierre Jordan in the locker room regarding the accomplishment.

“I told those guys that will never be taken away from them,” Gregory said.

Udofia played 31 minutes on a sprained ankle that hobbled him and caused him pain when he made cuts. He finished with 12 points, his fourth consecutive game in double figures, two assists against two turnovers and impact beyond the numbers.

“I think he’s really the difference maker for them,” Fox said. “I think he’s a much better player than he was a year ago, and in previous years.”

For Udofia, who had his lower leg encased in a walking boot after the game, there was little chance of keeping him out of his final Georgia game.

“It’s the Georgia game, so my adrenaline was running,” he said.

The biggest difference between the two teams Tuesday was from the perimeter. Tech shot 33.3 percent from the field and Georgia shot 31.6 percent, but the Bulldogs were 2-for-17 from 3-point range while Tech was 9-for-21. Forward Marcus Georges-Hunt and Udofia were both 3-for-6, while guard Chris Bolden was 2-for-2.

Udofia and Georges-Hunt dropped critical bombs with under seven minutes to play. Georgia had rallied from as far back as 15 points early in the second half to draw to 48-42 with 7:08 remaining on a jumper by Brandon Morris. On the next possession, Udofia took a pass from guard Brandon Reed near the top of the key and nailed the jumper to push the lead to 51-42. After Georgia guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed a three on the other end, Tech gained four points on a possession that included three offensive rebounds, a made free throw by forward Robert Carter and then a three from Georges-Hunt.

Hunt’s three was made possible by center Daniel Miller’s rebound of a missed Carter free throw.

“We made a couple of big-time hustle plays,” Gregory said.

The cushion provided by the two 3-pointers helped Tech withstand a last Georgia rally. Tech led 55-42 with just under four minutes to go, but an 8-0 run closed the gap to 55-50 with 2:07 remaining. That set the stage for Udofia’s drive at the basket with 58 seconds to go.

Said Udofia, “I was surprised it went in.”

Caldwell-Pope again led Georgia with 16 points, but shot 5-for-18, including 1-for-8 from 3-point range. Reed was Tech’s principal defender on Caldwell-Pope, the Bulldogs’ leading scorer in each game they’ve played.

“I thought Kentavious started the game very emotionally, and I don’t think we got him calmed down until about halfway through the first half,” Fox said. “I thought he was wound up and therefore took a couple shots that just show his inexperience as a player.”

Besides Caldwell-Pope, Georgia had no other players in double figures in scoring. Forward Marcus Thornton (seven points, three rebounds) was not able to provide much help, playing 16 minutes due to foul trouble in both halves.

“Our scoring has worried me for quite some time,” Fox said. “We’re not scoring the ball at an efficient enough rate to win. We need some more guys to step up and finish plays.”

111 comments Add your comment

Jacket Time

December 4th, 2012
9:55 pm

THWG! glad Udofia could play! Lets keep rolling!!!!

Jacket Time

December 4th, 2012
9:56 pm

….. And ferst

Jacket Time

December 4th, 2012
10:00 pm

Love how BG teaches fundamentals and sound D. It is starting to show and pay off. Not too mention we can shoot beyond the arc now.

GT93

December 4th, 2012
10:01 pm

Apparently the Dawgs missed the class where you learn how many points you get for a 3 point shot. Good win tonight.

TTT

December 4th, 2012
10:03 pm

I think the Tech program is headed in the right direction under Gregory.

Jacket Time

December 4th, 2012
10:09 pm

More accolades:

Udofia came out hurt and played hard. Took a hard shot on a drive and kept playing hard. He is our Fearless leader.
Hosley is an awesome team player and plays hard off the bench.
Freshman step up and make big plays.
Whole team plays as a unit and on D are phenomenal. Never got worried when the other team had the ball.
Love the chants from the student section at the end of the game.

Just a great team and am excited for the future!

THWG

December 4th, 2012
10:10 pm

THWG
Roll Tide
Go jackets!

dbc

December 4th, 2012
10:11 pm

UGA Basketball is dreadful. There’s no excuse for a major college program to be this bad. They’ll be lucky to win 6 games this season. Hopefully McGarity reverses course on his liking the direction the program is going. I have nothing against Fox, but UGA needs a marquee name to coach and draw in recruits. Fox has had enough time to build his team and this is the result. Dreadful.

truth

December 4th, 2012
10:11 pm

Tech Men run atlanta

BobDawg

December 4th, 2012
10:14 pm

DBC… Both teams will struggle this year… Our team is all Frosh and Sophs… Patience my friend….

BobDawg

December 4th, 2012
10:14 pm

Congrats to Tech….

Unbiased Sometimes

December 4th, 2012
10:19 pm

Tech will be a regular in the NCAA tourny starting next season.

Reality

December 4th, 2012
10:21 pm

Fundamentals and sound d? Seems that GA Tech football could learn something from basketball.

Brent

December 4th, 2012
10:21 pm

Thanks for being classy BobDawg, not used to that from UGA fans. I agree both will struggle, little disappointed with Mark Fox though, thought he would have this team a little more competitive at this point

Bored in Newnan

December 4th, 2012
10:26 pm

Thanks Coach Gregory.

Truth

December 4th, 2012
10:31 pm

Hahahahahaha take that Dogies….which we could do this in football as well. Shows how teams that recruit end up beating those who don’t recruit

2nd Moral Victory in Atlanta in 4 days

December 4th, 2012
10:35 pm

Congrats to all the Dawgs.

Two moral victories in 4 days.

NICE

Lady Sting

December 4th, 2012
10:35 pm

Way to go Jackets! THWG!

Big Country

December 4th, 2012
10:38 pm

At least the Ga Tech BB Men are starting to RUN THIS STATE! Now we just need 9 out of 10 more to match what the football Dogs have done to our football guys.

gtbme

December 4th, 2012
10:39 pm

Ken,

Do you know what has happened to Julian Royal?

Last season he was averaging 14 minutes per game and scoring 5 ppg at 48% shooting.

This season he’s averaging 4 MPG and has scored only 2 points on 1-12 shooting.

Has he fallen out of favor with CBG or is he struggling with a fitness issue?

Thanks.

TechApp fan

December 4th, 2012
10:41 pm

guess all teams play zone against Tech…until the 3’s pull um out.
Did I mention I hate zones?

MisterT

December 4th, 2012
10:42 pm

I am glad that rebounds ≠ points. They killed us on the boards. I hope we can keep the 3’s raining down.
THWg!

1980 was so long ago

December 4th, 2012
10:43 pm

“”"More accolades:

Udofia came out hurt and played hard. Took a hard shot on a drive and kept playing hard. He is our Fearless leader.
Hosley is an awesome team player and plays hard off the bench.
Freshman step up and make big plays.
Whole team plays as a unit and on D are phenomenal. Never got worried when the other team had the ball.
Love the chants from the student section at the end of the game.

Just a great team and am excited for the future!”"”"

Mega Dittos!!!!!

Jacket Detective

December 4th, 2012
10:45 pm

Two teams headed in opposite directions.
Actually we should have another point guard, Corey Heyward, but he was injured in the off season.
Is it Poole we get from Kentucky probably because he wants to play?
When Bolden is hitting, he is pretty good.
Georges-Hunt is the most impressive of the freshman so far.
A big difference from Cremins’ years is we will have a good bench from now on.
This is as impressive a freshman class as I can remember.
Have we though of having Jason Morris crash the boards more?
He sure can jump.
Pretty good trey shooter too.
Mfon came through after letting them get close with some missed free throws.
Go Jackets.

Jacket Detective

December 4th, 2012
10:45 pm

Two teams headed in opposite directions.
Actually we should have another point guard, Corey Heyward, but he was injured in the off season.
Is it Poole we get from Kentucky probably because he wants to play?
When Bolden is hitting, he is pretty good.
Georges-Hunt is the most impressive of the freshman so far.
A big difference from Cremins’ years is we will have a good bench from now on.
This is as impressive a freshman class as I can remember.
Have we though of having Jason Morris crash the boards more?
He sure can jump.
Pretty good trey shooter too.
Mfon came through after letting them get close with some missed free throws.
Go Jackets.

White&Gold

December 4th, 2012
10:57 pm

WE RUN THIS STATE!!!

Hayseed Dixie

December 4th, 2012
10:58 pm

Although they lost against Illinois- I saw something not unlike an ‘identity’ for these Yellow Jackets.

Haven’t seen that in a long time.

Dawgs showed some big-time hustle in the 2nd half and we still withstood them- I’m impressed.

Who Me?

December 4th, 2012
11:04 pm

I can’t believe that UGA basketball had sunk this far. Mark Fox has had several years to recruit and build a program at a top-notch SEC school and just hasn’t delivered.

Let’s wait and see what February brings but I am way not impressed about the last 2 years and the dirction this program is headed. May be McGarrity time….

Biff Pocoroba

December 4th, 2012
11:06 pm

This team will be even better when Carter starts playing inside where he belongs. He is playing too much Josh Smith ball right now where he wants to be outside shooting 3s instead of posting up on smaller guys. He should have been able to have a big game tonight but only had one field goa and looked exhausted the final five minutes. If he will start shooting more in the paint than 3 pointers, he will be much better and the team can win some ACC games.

Flowery Branch Yellow Jacket

December 4th, 2012
11:14 pm

It was a great game, and it was a great atmosphere at McCamish Pavilion. Although I kinda miss the old name (AMC), I LOVE the new facility. The ladies’ team has gotten off to a bit of a slow start, albeit against some very strong competition. They guys, however, have looked pretty good, even in the loss to Illinois. (I haven’t seen the loss to Cal, so I can’t speak to their effort or effectiveness in that game.) It’s apparent to me that CBG is doing a good job so far, not only by recruiting talented players, but also by getting them to play as a TEAM and focus on good, fundamental basketball. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season, and hopefully several more years of successful basketball against not only UGA, but also the ACC.

Thomas C. Blanton

December 4th, 2012
11:27 pm

62 to 54 we run this state so close 9 points and dawgs win

5150 UOAD

December 4th, 2012
11:33 pm

Bad few days for the dWags…………..first BAMA now Tech…………..Ouch………..good thing the players have somebody to take their Finals for them or it could be really bad.

Henry D.

December 4th, 2012
11:34 pm

I keep hearing what a great coach mark Fox is, but it’s not showing up on the court. He has had enough time to show some type of improvement and other than his 1st year here, they look as bad or worse than when Dennis Felton was here.

wreckbone

December 4th, 2012
11:44 pm

Tech is making over teams look bad with our D. Heard a St Mary’s fan saying, “Our team looked horrible against Tech.” Actually its Tech making your team look horrible. Get 15 points more offense and we are going to be tough for anyone to beat. our two losses we were winning and they were essentially home games for the other team. Can’t wait to see the impact of another guard with some maturity and skill!! Looks like we pad the W column now. I am happy with 2 losses especially with the luck of drawing Illinois. I think maybe UNC could have beaten them in the challenge. NC State would not have. Cal is playing tough. those are formidable losses.

And the next recruiting class is even better. I just remember playing Dayton in Paradise Jam and thought, well if this guy can get his players to out play Tech back then, imagine what he can do recruiting at an ACC schools Gregory you have not disappointed.

antietam1862

December 4th, 2012
11:45 pm

As a long time UGA fan, and having my heart ripped out only hours earlier, i found myself both enthralled and rejuvenated watching your Yellow Jackets. UGA, not me, made a spirited comeback against a favored team only to fall short at the end. Your Jackets made a spirited comeback against a favored team only to come up short as well. I gotta say your Jackets have a tough and resilient team and, not like it matters, but was very proud to watch your team. Tech had our “South Carolina” last week and could of packed it in as most, incorrectly, thought you would. Tech didn’t and had a chance to win at end. All one can ask for. Be proud Tech fans bc its so much easier to rise up when ur winning. To rise up after defeat says so much more. I just hope we can get back up 1/2 as good as you guys did against the Criminoles(lived in Tally). Here’s to GT takin’ USC to the shed with your triple option. Just make sure your guys hit the California out of them like u hit FSU. Good/bad only inches apart, no Rambo its 7-7 dif game. Aaron Murray summed up the silliness of it all when he said, “5 more yards and its the greatest comeback in Georgia history.” We two programs are more similar than different and i am more than cool with that. Go Jackets BEAT USC.

Paul in NH

December 4th, 2012
11:57 pm

GT had a good win tonight but let’s not get too excited. UGA would probably finish close to the bottom of the ACC – ahead of only BC and Wake, GT needs an outside shooter and a good back up for Udofia to compete in the ACC.

Supersize that order, mutt

December 5th, 2012
1:07 am

@antietam1862……VERY CLASSY POST. Thanks !!!!

1980 was so long ago

December 5th, 2012
1:48 am

Hey Paul in NH

We run this state!!!

JetBuzz

December 5th, 2012
2:15 am

@Antietam 1862 – you’re a trooper, and thanks. About the best Dawg-to-Jacket post I’ve read. Here’s to your BB guys getting it together soon. Great SECCG at the Dome!

I said it last season, CBG seems to be the real deal. Attitude, fire, recruiting, charisma around campus/community. He gets it, and he’s winning…

GT Fan

December 5th, 2012
4:44 am

We run this state!

Dawglasville

December 5th, 2012
5:17 am

To my neighbors at North Ave. Congrats. There is a balance when we are better at football and you guys are better at basketball. I love to win this basketball game, but for reasons that are easy to understand, we usually don’t. I loathe to lose to you guys in football, but for reasons that are easy to understand, we usually don’t. The great thing is that it all happens before Christmas, so we can find a little peace in our crazy fan hearts this December. Merry Christmas and Go Dwags. See what I did there? Dwags? That was my Christmas present to you.

almost time for McGarity's first big hire

December 5th, 2012
6:15 am

Maybe our Athletic Department won’t be so cheap this time when hiring the new coach. It’s still shameful that we lost out to Alabama when going after Anthony Grant.

Our notoriously cheap athletic department needs to spend some of that money they hoard. Competing at the highest level is difficult when your financial strategies are similar to that of a risk averse new retiree.

dry dirt road

December 5th, 2012
6:29 am

CBG hiring Cremins did Tech alot of Favors. CBG finds the Best Choice of hs and college players to recruit.

Jimmy Crack

December 5th, 2012
7:12 am

This Georgia team sucks on so many levels. Talent, coaching, RECRUITING. Coach Fox just doesn’t fit the major college basketball coaching template. A big named coach is needed to attract all the incredible talent from around the state of Georgia to come to UGA. Tech has some success even though they have issues, mostly, recruiting talented players who can also crack a book. Georgia doesn’t have that problem, yet UGA fans watch every year as elite talent from this state gets cherry picked right out of our backyard.

Congrats to Tech for the W but…really….

WE RUN THIS STATE

December 5th, 2012
7:26 am

2 in a row!! looks like CBG has Fox’s number. to uga’s credit, a couple of moral victories in a week with close comebacks….

bob in nc

December 5th, 2012
7:42 am

good to see a Tech team with determination and poise. hopefully they can learn to avoid the long dry spells that let opponents back in the game. where went the rebounding?

hit a single

December 5th, 2012
8:01 am

Both coaches better do a heck of a job coaching because talent wise it is two of the weakest teams either school has had. Maybe the players need to look in the mirror and realize they really need to work because they are not as good as advertised.

Dawg1

December 5th, 2012
8:06 am

Congrats on the win. It was a good game. Both teams are very young. Building looks great.

Good luck this season.

Jacket Detective

December 5th, 2012
8:07 am

Where went the reboulding?
Uga raised their game to get back in it was part of it.
But hustle and scrap could not make it the difference in skill.
Our scappiest player – Mfon – came through after missing three foul shots (one the front end of a one and one).
Missing the foul shot may his heroics all that much better.
Some players are like that in that they make up for an error if they aren’t pulled by the coach.

Jacket Detective

December 5th, 2012
8:16 am

I’m disappointed in myself for not engaging the Bulldawg fans next to me in conversation but I was miffed with the Tech fans for selling their seats. (a sore issue of mime)
They might have been the mother, two brothers and very young sister of an Uga player.
I usually joke with fans of others teams.
My excuse is that they were in two rows and the very young daughter was next to me.
They were dressed in neutral colors and perhaps conseled by their mom not to cheer.
Only Caldwell-Pope’s block from behind of an attempted Tech lay-up brought out a reaction they could not contain.
And even then, they were not boisterous.
My loss.