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When the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets hosted the Syracuse Orange on Saturday, it was a clash of two different streaks. A two game winning streak for the Yellow Jackets versus a three game losing streak for the Orange made for an interesting match up.
The Yellow Jackets couldn’t find an answer for Orange forward Elijah Hughes in the first half and Buddy Boeheim in the second half. The two combined for 59 points, leading Syracuse to a 97-63 win over Georgia Tech.
This was the Yellow Jackets’ third game in seven days and the fatigue showed. They shot 24-63 (38.1%) from the field as well as only attempting 18 free throws. They were outscored 21-10 in fast break points and they turned the ball over 19 times.
The 63 points scored in Saturday’s contest was the Yellow Jackets’ second lowest point total of the season. The 14 three pointers they allowed was the most they’ve given up all season and in fact it was more than the two previous games combined. The Jackets have now allowed three teams to score more than 65 points against them and they are 1-2 in those games.
They’ve been on two different winning streaks already this season, mostly due to their perimeter defense. If the Jackets can get back to their defensive play, it will go a long way to extending these streaks longer.
Georgia Tech will have to find their spark again quickly as they will face the eighth ranked Kentucky Wildcats in their next match up. The Wildcats average 76.9 points per game this season.