ATLANTA — Frigid temperatures nearly prevented Georgia Tech from taking the floor against No. 9 North Carolina, and after the outcome of the game, it would have been in their best interest to reschedule the match to better prepare for a streaking Tar Heels team.
Nonetheless, Tech suffered their third-consecutive loss against North Carolina by a score of 77-54. The first half was competitive, due to both teams starting the period on a dry spell, but eventually, North Carolina would show why they are a top-10 ten team in the country.
Led by talented freshman Coby White who had 19 points and eight assists and Cameron Johnson who added a game-high 22 points, the Tar Heels overpowered Tech on both ends of the floor. Not to mention, Tech shot a miserable 35 percent from the floor and 12 percent from three.
“They [North Carolina] are as good as any team in the country,” coach Pastner said. ” We had some great looks, they just didn’t go down, and when Carolina is shooting what they shot from three, and we’re shooting what we shot from three, it just makes it hard.”
Tech went into halftime down just seven points (31-24), but they allowed North Carolina to go on an 11-3 run that extended their lead to 41-27. The Yellow Jackets failed to generate any offense for the duration of the game, and it prevented any chance of them getting within striking distance of the lead.
“Our best offense right now is playing through James [Banks] and AD [Abdoulaye Gueye] the more they can get touches, or even Evan [Cole] or Moses [Wright], that’s some of our best offense right now,” Pastner said.
Unfortunately, Pastner’s best offense combined for 27 points on 12-of-27 shooting from the field.
It didn’t help that Tech allowed North Carolina to capitalize off their turnovers. The Tar Heels scored 20 points off Tech’s 16 turnovers.
Nasir Little was the leading scorer off the bench for North Carolina with nine points and helped his team outscore Tech’s bench 24-14.
“Nasir [Little] gave us some things when he came in,” coach Roy Williams said.
Jose Alvarado left the game early with a lower-leg injury, but he managed to log 28 minutes before the injury. However, he scored just find five points; Michael Devoe, the team’s other top playmaker, finished with nine points.
“They [Jose Alvarado and Michael Devoe] are getting in the lane, but they are getting sped up,” Pastner said. ” We work on pivoting all the time, and they have to be able to stop and “donut pivot” and throw the right pass. They get competitive, and they want to do it themselves. We’re not built that way. And Jose, he plays so hard, but size-wise, when he goes in there, he’s in there with the trees.”
Tech’s tough stretch continues with a road trip to face Florida State on Saturday who is currently ranked No. 25 in the nation.