NCAAB Game Recap - Georgia Tech at North Carolina
Sat Jan 4, 2020 6:00 PM EST

Pepp
70
Gonz
75
F
Duke
95
Mia-FL
62
F
WVU
53
Kansas
60
F
Oreg
69
Utah
64
F
Tex
44
Baylor
59
F
FlaSt
78
Lou
65
F
Aub
80
MisSt
68
F
UGA
65
Mem
62
F
Vill
60
Marq
71
F
Crei
57
Butl
71
F
SDSU
77
UtSt
68
F
Ind
59
MD
75
F
Mizzu
59
KY
71
F
VaTec
39
UVA
65
F
Iowa
86
PSU
89
F
OkSt
50
TxTch
85
F
Miss
54
WichSt
74
F
AzSt
47
Ariz
75
F
LSU
78
Tenn
64
F
Wake
69
Pitt
65
F
Akr
69
E MI
45
F
NCSU
70
Clem
81
F
Wyo
61
ColSt
72
F
KansSt
61
Okla
66
F
FaDi
77
Bry
73
F
Samf
78
VMI
75
F
UMassL
86
UMBC
73
F(OT)
WCU
86
Citad
82
F
Seatt
86
ChiSt
54
F
UConn
60
SoFL
75
F
Morg
81
DelSt
68
F
Prov
66
DeP
65
F
LongI
73
MtStM
82
F(2OT)
N TX
67
Marsh
64
F
UCIrv
73
Harv
77
F
UNH
52
Hartfo
61
F
GASt
72
CoCar
74
F
MiaO
82
CenMI
93
F
Winth
87
Campbl
72
F
NIU
73
Buff
72
F
TxSt
70
ArkSt
67
F
SthAL
49
ULMo
69
F
AbCh
74
Lamar
62
F
TexAr
89
ArkLR
92
F
USC-Up
73
Longw
56
F
Presb
68
GWebb
62
F
YSU
74
Clev
82
F
TNTec
72
MorSt
83
F
StFPA
93
CenCT
69
F
ETSU
56
Furm
65
F
Cin
71
Tul
76
F
ND
88
Syr
87
F
GaSo
72
App
74
F
MTSt
53
S UT
59
F
McNee
69
CenAR
79
F
IlSt
55
SIU
67
F
RobM
69
(N/A)
58
F
Albany
74
Bingha
62
F
Lib
65
NJIT
38
F
W&M
66
NE
64
F
MidTN
62
Charl
68
F
Elon
75
Hof
102
F
UTEP
56
FlAtl
59
F
JacSt
80
E KY
71
F
JMU
69
Charl
85
F
How
66
MD-ES
78
F
FlaAM
45
NCC
61
F
NFla
81
N AL
65
F
SeLA
84
TXAMC
80
F
Stetsn
57
KennSt
54
F
HiPt
62
Radf
73
F
Chat
70
Mercer
61
F
Ohio
65
W MI
77
F
SCSt
79
Copp
75
F
TN-M
63
APSU
82
F
USD
63
SCla
80
F
Rice
61
W Ky
68
F
SoMis
50
LaTec
78
F
PorSt
69
E WA
71
F
W IL
56
SDSt
91
F
E IL
55
Belm
87
F
ArkPB
80
MsVl
76
F
(N/A)
75
CSNor
109
F
IaSt
79
TCU
81
F(OT)
GaTec
96
UNC
83
F
Bois
66
Nev
83
F
Web
64
NoAZ
72
F
IndSt
76
Drake
80
F
Alab
98
Fla
104
F(2OT)
SIU-E
74
TNSt
79
F
AlSt
67
JackSt
70
F
ChaSo
85
Hamp
92
F
Alc
70
PVAM
84
F
BethC
72
Norf
85
F
Nich
70
SamH
58
F
AlaAM
60
Gram
70
F
Lipsco
61
FlGlf
68
F
UNCG
92
Woff
98
F(2OT)
UCLA
71
WaSt
79
F(OT)
SJSU
64
Fres
79
F
Valpa
81
Evans
79
F(OT)
TexAM
59
Ark
69
F
SacHr
81
Merrim
74
F
Princ
78
Penn
64
F
UAB
52
OlDom
58
F
Tows
67
UNCW
60
F
TexSA
83
FlInt
90
F(OT)
SFA
87
NOrl
68
F
CSLA
60
LongB
76
F
SDCh
51
UCRiv
89
F
Oral
67
NebOm
74
F
Troy
62
ULLa
79
F
Brad
64
NrthIA
69
F
UtVal
63
UMKC
68
F
MOSt
58
LoyIL
62
F
SEMO
59
Murr
81
F
Mont
66
N CO
74
F
LoyMa
38
BYU
63
F
SMU
92
Vand
81
F(OT)
South
68
TXSo
77
F
GrCan
62
CSBak
69
F
NMSt
86
CBap
71
F
USF
65
Portl
76
F
StMar
99
Pacif
107
F(4OT)
AF
59
UNLV
71
F
IdaSt
49
Sac
68
F

Jan 4, 2020, 6:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Georgia Tech (7-7)

47

49

96

North Carolina (8-6)

27

56

83

Alvarado, Yellow Jackets jump to early lead to top UNC 96-83
Sat Jan 4, 2020 10:01 PM

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Jose Alvarado and Georgia Tech pounced to build a big lead when North Carolina missed from all over the court to start Saturday night's game. The Yellow Jackets didn't lose control, either, no matter how many comeback pushes the Tar Heels tried to muster.

To listen to coach Josh Pastner, maybe it's a sign that the Yellow Jackets are regrouping from a bumpy stretch that coincided with Alvarado being hurt.

The junior point guard had a season-high 25 points to help Georgia Tech beat UNC 96-83, earning its first win in Chapel Hill since 2010 while preventing Tar Heels coach Roy Williams from passing late mentor Dean Smith on the all-time men's career coaching wins list.

The Yellow Jackets (7-7, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) shot 59% on a night that began with them jumping to a 27-4 lead as the Tar Heels missed their first 15 shots. From there, it was simply a matter of playing with confidence to protect a huge lead while UNC frantically tried to dig its way out from its biggest halftime deficit (20 points) in its 34-year history in the Smith Center.

Georgia Tech has won three of five since Alvarado's return from an ankle sprain that sidelined him for seven of eight games.

"He's been back for five games," Pastner said, "and we've been a better team with him back."

It certainly helped that the Tar Heels (8-6, 1-2) couldn't shoot straight to start this one. UNC didn't manage a field goal until Garrison Brooks finally put one in from the post at the 6:59 mark with the Tar Heels down 24.

Alvarado said the team wanted to "keep on going, because they could go on a run at any time, which they did. ... So we just kept on trying to push the lead and push the lead."

UNC, which trailed 47-27 at halftime, got within nine early in the second half but no closer even with Brooks going for a career-high 35 points along with 11 rebounds.

It prompted Williams to apologize to UNC fans in his postgame comments, saying the Tar Heels "stunk it up" early and adding he was so upset that he wanted to make them run sprints at halftime.

"We need to have better leadership, we need to have more toughness," Williams said. "Sometimes I've felt like I could supply that and I don't know that I've supplied any of that with this group."

BIG PICTURE

Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets' struggles without Alvarado included a 34-point blowout home loss in league play to Syracuse on Dec. 7. But Alvarado had eight assists and six steals in this one. He also hit four 3-pointers after making just 5 of 27 (.185) coming in, including two against the 6-foot-9 Brooks on defensive switches.

UNC: The Tar Heels have had their offensive troubles this season, particularly with star freshman Cole Anthony expected to be out with a knee injury until the second half of January. They had 56 second-half points, yet the defense couldn't get stops as Georgia Tech continued answering every surge with a basket or two to stay in control.

"That part was just tough," Brooks said of the early struggles, "because you're really trying to force it to go into the basket. And that's not how it works."

OBVIOUS FRUSTRATION

Things got so bad that the timeout-hoarding Williams finally burned one with his team down 19-2 at the 11:54 mark.

He then spent much of the stoppage standing in the back of the huddle fuming with his arms folded while longtime assistant Steve Robinson talked to the team. Williams soon stepped to the middle and never took his normal seat as he emphatically pointed and clapped his hands angrily from one side of the huddle to the other.

It didn't change much considering Brooks didn't hit UNC's first field goal for another five minutes.

TIP-INS

Moses Wright had 22 points on 9-for-13 shooting for Georgia Tech. ... Brandon Robinson (12 points) and Justin Pierce (11) were UNC's only other double-figure scorers. ... Brooks hit 17 of 18 free throws and drew a hearty ovation from a frustrated home crowd when he fouled out with 2:21 left. ... Williams entered the game tied with Smith for fourth all-time with 879 career victories.

UP NEXT

Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets host No. 2 Duke on Wednesday.

UNC: The Tar Heels host Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

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Leaders

Georgia Tech PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Alvarado 25 0 8 1 6 0
M. Wright 22 0 1 7 0 2
North Carolina PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
R. O'Han 0 0 0 0 0 0
B. Huffman 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

GaTec UNC
Points For 96 83
Field Goals 36/61-59% 27/63-43%
Three Pointers 6/14-43% 6/14-43%
Free Throws 18/24-75% 23/27-85%
Offensive Rebounds 12 19
Defensive Rebounds 18 15
Rebounds 31 43
Blocks 4 2
Steals 11 9
Turnovers 13 15
Personal Fouls 21 20
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - GaTec Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Jan 4 GaTec 96 @ UNC 83 K. Moore 2 K. Smith 2

Game Information

Stadium: Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Attendance: 21,099
Game Time: