ATLANTA -- Scoring points has been an issue for Georgia Tech since Robert Carter Jr. was lost for the season with a torn meniscus three weeks ago. But the lack of offense reached a new low Saturday when the Yellow Jackets were stuffed on their own home court.
Georgia Tech never solved Miamis zone defense and shot only 29.6 percent from the field. The result was a season low in points and a 56-42 loss at McCamish Pavilion. The loss dropped Georgia Tech to 10-8 and 1-4 in the ACC. With four of the next five games on the road, things certainly dont get easier for the Yellow Jackets.
We didnt play well in any aspect of the game, Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory said. We didnt shoot well, we had 13 turnovers, and we didnt rebound.
It was the lowest output for Georgia Tech since it had 36 points against Miami in the 2012 ACC tournament. Georgia Techs previous low for the year was 57 Jan. 7 at Duke.
Trae Golden led Georgia Tech with 12 points, shooting 3-for-12, and Marcus Georges-Hunt scored 10, shooting 3-for-10. Miami (10-7, 2-3) got 16 points from freshman Manu Lecomte and 14 from Donnovan Kirk. Rion Brown, son of Georgia Tech legend Tico Brown, scored 12.
They did a good job in that zone, Gregory said. (On Saturday), we had some looks and didnt make them. When you do that, the next shot gets tougher.
Georgia Techs lack of depth was telling again. Golden played 39 minutes and Georges-Hunt played 35. Georgia Tech was again without swingman Jason Morris (concussion) and guard Solomon Poole (migraine).
We didnt execute as well as we need to and that goes on me, Gregory said. But at the same time, weve got eight guys playing so weve got to figure out a way. Guys have to be a little tougher physically.
Two factors allowed Georgia Tech to keep the game close -- Georgia Techs tough defense and Miamis willingness to show patience on offense. When the Yellow Jackets showed a spark of life late in the game, cutting Miamis lead to nine points at 44-35 with 5:23 left, the Hurricanes were able to answer. Lecomte made a pair of free throws and then knocked in a jumper as the shot clock expired to push the Miami lead back to 13.
Notre Dame played zone against us, and we did well against it, Gregory said. We have to be more consistent.
Georgia Tech found it difficult to slow Kirk in the first half. The 6-foot-9 graduate student scored eight points early and helped the Hurricanes get an early 12-9 advantage. Georgia Tech was only able to hang in there because of the offensive presence of Kammeon Holsey, who scored three early buckets, including two impressive drives to the basket.
Holsey was Georgia Techs only offense for most of the first half. After Golden scored a 3-point on the second possession, no other Yellow Jackets player scored until Golden made a pair of free throws with 7:00 left. In fact, Golden and Holsey were the only Georgia Tech players to score in the first half until freshman Quinton Stephens made a 3-pointer with 3:23 left.
The Yellow Jackets hung tough until Miami went on a 9-0 run during the final three minutes to take a 27-17 lead into the break. The Hurricanes were more willing to attack the basket after Georgia Techs Daniel Miller picked up his second foul and left the game with 8:36 in the half. He had three rebounds and a block and spent the rest of the first half on the bench.