Georgia Tech stays undefeated improving to 2-0 after their win Saturday against Georgia State. The team rallied back in the 2nd half from being down by 7, and showed much improvement from their game against Clayton State. A huge difference between the two is the performance of one player in particular: Miles Kelly.
Miles Kelly came off the bench and put up 15 points, only behind Deebo Coleman who scored 16 with 5 rebounds. The young guys kept the Yellow Jackets in this one and showed a bright future for Georgia Tech. Even though a lot of positives can be drawn from this win, there are still fundamental issues in the game plan.
In large part Pastner’s vision of Rodney Howard leading the offense hasn’t been there. for most of the second half, the tallest player on the floor for Tech was 6’7 guard Jalon Moore. Pastner will likely make some adjustments before the tough road ahead.
Without a solid big man on the court they aren’t winning down low on either side of the ball, as Rodney Howard struggles to establish dominance in the paint only mustering 3 rebounds and going 0-1 from the floor with 0 points. Georgia State took advantage of the lack of size and physicality and scored a lot of second chance points. This performance is far cry from what Pastner and the fanbase expects from a starting center, and he might be warming a spot on the bench if it continues.
Another familiar issue with the team is low scoring and lack of shooting. They shot 36% from the floor and similar from outside the perimeter. Coleman and Kelly played a huge role in the win, but Georgia Tech lacks a third playmaker to truly elevate their chances of playing elite. There is still plenty of time for the newcomers Javon Franklin and Lance Terry to fill that role, but with a tough ACC slate and Iowa in the Big 10/ACC challenge, they have their work cut out for them.
Georgia State’s effort in the final minutes proved almost successful as they would make tighten up Tech’s seven point lead. Miles Kelly’s dagger in the final seconds put Tech ahead 59-57 and gained the win. Now the Jackets can rest as they look to improve to 3-0 as they take on a struggling Northern Illinois next Thursday.