ATLANTA -- The ongoing search for offense resumes Wednesday night at Georgia Tech. It might continue without point guard Trae Golden.
The senior might not be able to play in Wednesdays home game against Boston College because of continuing issues with a pulled groin. Golden aggravated the condition against Wake Forest, didnt play against Clemson and played only 18 ineffective minutes against Virginia.
Hes a tough kid, and he wants to play, Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory said. But if he cant play with explosiveness and acceleration, then thats when frustration sets it.
Golden leads the team with 13.4 points per game, but he had averaged 19.5 points in the previous six games before the injury.
Trae basically lives with Richard (Stewart), the trainer, Golden said. Hes with him every minute hes awake. If he cant play, then we have a week off to weigh the positives and negatives.
Georgia Tech is a different team without Golden. Theres a big hole without his outside shot and without his ability to drive to the basket. With Golden in the lineup, the Yellow Jackets can live with the offensive shortcomings of Corey Heyward, who averages 0.7 points and didnt even attempt a shot in 29 minutes against Virginia.
The loss of Golden adds additional stress to an offense that has produced only 86 total points in the past two games. It could be partially offset by the return of forward Robert Carter Jr., who played 16 minutes against Virginia. The sophomore tallied only five points and two rebounds but was a presence.
I was pleased with Robert, Gregory said. He was just rusty. He just needs to work that out through reps and practice. I think hell be good to go.
It would also help to get sophomore Chris Bolden on track offensively. He scored 13 against Virginia, the second time in three games he has been in double figures. Boldens 3-point percentage (30.8 percent) is higher than his field goal percentage (28.7), and he has made seven 3-pointers the past three games.
We need him in a better rhythm on offense, Gregory said. At times hes shown signs.
Georgia Tech (12-12, 3-8 ACC) has lost two straight games and four of its past five. The Yellow Jackets get a second shot at Boston College and hope to duplicate their 68-60 victory that came on the road Jan. 21. Georgia Tech leads the series 10-8, and the last victory against the Eagles broke a three-game losing streak against Boston College.
Boston College (6-17, 2-8) has lost three straight and dropped six of its past seven. Included in those losses were games against Syracuse, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Virginia and Duke.
Theyve been a hard-luck team, Gregory said. Theyve lost some close games.
Georgia Tech must find a way to stop Oliver Hanlan, a sophomore who averages 18 points. Hanlan scored 25 points in Boston Colleges last game against Duke. He had 19 in the first game against Georgia Tech and made 8-of-10 shots from the floor.
The Eagles also get 15 points and 7.1 rebounds from junior Ryan Anderson, who is the active ACC leader with 18 double-doubles. Lonnie Jackson, who scored 14 against Georgia Tech the first time, is the only ACC player above .500 in 3-point shooting.