A Tough Night for the Fighting Irish, Lose by 7 Points

T.J. Gibbs
T.J. Gibbs (10) dribbles the ball down the court in the loss to Georgia Tech. [Photo courtesy of UND.com]

Georgia Tech was able to hold the Irish offense in check all night as Notre Dame fell to the Yellow Jackets by a score of 60-53.

Nothing on the Notre Dame offense seemed to click. The Irish shot a dismal 35.6% from the field, 22.2% from deep, and 7-12 from the free throw line. Georgia Tech wasn’t able to shoot much better. However, they were able to make their possessions count and dominate on the boards.

The Irish were able to hang with Georgia Tech for much of the first half. Unfortunately, though, they let things get out of hand in the last five minutes of the half. ND went into intermission with the Yellow Jackets up by 10.

Second Half Liveliness Falls Short

The Irish were able to rally early in the second half, led by some very inspired play by Martinas Geben and TJ Gibbs. The Irish were able to take the lead on a layup by Geben with just over 11 minutes left in the half, but this lead was short lived as Georgia Tech’s Ben Lammers made a jumper to give the Yellow Jackets the lead on the very next possession, and the never looked back.

Notre Dame cut the defecit to 3 with a little over 3 minutes to play. Georgia Tech held ND off for the rest of the game, though. The Yellow Jackets converted on their free throws and extend their lead to 7.

Leading Scorers in Points and More

Martinas Geben led the Irish with 16 points, and 9 rebounds. TJ Gibbs added 7 assists, but it was not enough, as only three of the Irish were able to score double digits.

Josh Okogie had a game high 17 points for Georgia Tech, and Ben Lammers was able to add another 10 points and rebounds, giving him a double-double. Similar to Notre Dame, Georgia Tech had three double-digit scorers, but what made the difference was the production they got off the bench thanks to Tadric Jackson, who had 11 points and 9 rebounds.

Upcoming for ND

Next up for the Fighting Irish is a home game against 20th ranked North Carolina on Saturday night. North Carolina comes into the game after beating Boston College 96-66 on Tuesday night. However, they have lost both of the previous contests before that. ESPN will broadcast the game at 6 PM ET.

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