The college basketball version of Georgia “Ole Fashioned Hate” added its 193rd chapter in Atlanta on Dec. 20 as the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (6-4) fell to the Georgia Bulldogs (8-3) 60-43. The game began with some nerves, as a result of the rivalry atmosphere perhaps, which sparked multiple mistakes including a missed wide open layup attempt from Georgia Tech redshirt senior Corey Heyward. The ugly play continued through the end of the first half with the Bulldogs leading the Yellow Jackets 27-18 at halfway point. Georgia shot just over 31 percent from the field, while Tech shot 26.9 percent in the first 20 minutes of action.
Bulldog senior forward Kenny Paul Geno opened the second half with two thunderous dunks in an attempt to figuratively take the lid off the basket for both teams, however, the offensive struggles continued for Georgia Tech.The Yellow Jackets shot (42.3) percent from the field in the second half. “Sometimes you can’t over analyze it,” Georgia Tech head coach Josh Pastner said after the loss. “It’s just tough if Quinton [Stephens] shoots 0-for-9 and Tadric shoots 2-for-5. It’s tough to win games like that.” Junior guard Tadric Jackson followed up a career-high 24 point performance against VCU with 5 points, shooting 1-for-3 from the field on the night.
Using the eye test, the crowd was split with about 60 percent Georgia Tech fans and 40 percent Georgia fans. Many Georgia attendees said the commute was shorter than the traditional trip from Athens because they live in the Metro Atlanta area during the holiday break. “I want to thank the fans for showing up tonight. I understand how important this game is to Georgia Tech and Jacket Nation,” Coach Pastner said.
The Yellow Jackets will return to action on Dec. 22 against Wofford, while the Bulldogs will take the trip out west to face Oakland on Dec. 23.