Georgia Tech

Rewind: Milestone produces no smiles

A look at Georgia Tech's 72-63 loss to Florida State:

THE STAR: Iman Shumpert. In addition to going over the 1,000-point plateau two minutes into the second half, the Tech guard scored a game-high 25 on a night when the basket seemed to have a lid on top of it. The Jackets had trouble converting offensively, shooting just 19.4 percent from the field in the first half. When asked about what becoming the 41st player in school history to go over 1,000 meant to him, Shumpert didn't crack a smile, saying, "I just wish I could enjoy it."

KEY MOMENT: Florida State timeout. With 4:57 remaining, the Seminoles took a timeout that seemed to snap the Jackets' momentum, holding off a potential Tech comeback bid. Just before Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton took the timeout, the Jackets had just gone four straight defensive possessions without allowing a basket or forcing a turnover. There were errant Seminoles passes, a Daniel Miller block and a long Tech rebound that got the ball back in the Jackets' hands. On each of those possessions, the Jackets converted on the other end. The final made shot was a 3-pointer from guard Lance Storrs that brought the game to within seven. Following the timeout, the Jackets got just as close only one other time.

KEY DECISION: Benching Hicks. Perhaps, by the end of the game it would have changed very little, but the absence of freshman forward Nate Hicks in the first half was noticeable. The Jackets often were small on the floor, and the 6-foot-9 post player would have given them a little length amid the long Seminoles squad. When asked after the game why Hicks didn't play until 15 minutes remained in the second half, Hewitt said simply, "I forgot." He had planned to get Hicks in earlier, but it just slipped his mind. This was, after all, Hicks' first game since missing the previous two rehabbing from an appendectomy. During one 20-second stretch, Hicks had a layup and a block that helped kick off the sequence that eventually led to Storrs' 3-pointer near the 5-minute mark.

KEY ABSENCE: Brian Oliver. This was the first of several games Oliver will miss after he had surgery Wednesday to help repair a broken thumb suffered in last Saturday's loss to Clemson.

GOIN' STREAKIN': The Jackets have now lost their last four games and brace for a difficult road test Sunday.

NEXT: Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech, 1 p.m., Sunday. The Hokies have already billed the game as a "blackout" for fans.

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