Jackets fall on senior night

Jon Barash

Even with emotions running high as a motivated Mfon Udofia played in his final home game as a member of the Yellow Jackets, Tech couldn’t continue its strong first half play, fading in the second half en route to a 70-57 loss to the North Carolina State Wolfpack at McCamish Pavilion. Udofia’s nine points led a lackluster offensive effort that did not have a single Jacket post in double figures. The team shot just 34 percent from the field. They did, however, split the final two home games of the inaugural season at McCamish Pavilion, with a 10-point win over Maryland on Feb 27.

Road games against Miami and Boston College round out the team’s regular season schedule before the team begins its ACC Tournament run, with a likely first-round matchup against Clemson or Boston College awaiting the Jackets. While a 15-13 overall record and a 5-11 conference record is surely disappointing, the young Jackets certainly can take plenty of positives out of this season with the emergence of several freshmen, including Marcus Georges-Hunt, who currently leads the team in scoring; Robert Carter Jr., who is tied for the lead in rebounding; and Chris Bolden, who has also become a mainstay in the starting lineup.

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The Georgia Tech baseball team continued its torrid start with sweeps of Georgia Southern and Rutgers to improve to 11-1 on the season through March 3. Junior Zane Evans has been amongst the catalysts for the team’s impressive start, hitting .579 with four homers and nine RBIs in the team’s five-game stretch against Southern and Rutgers, earning ACC Player of the Week honors for that time period. While Evans has been hot recently, another junior, Daniel Palka, has been the most consistent since the start of the season, leading the team in batting average, RBIs, hits and runs scored.

The pitching has also been there for Tech as well, with Cole Pitts and Buck Farmer both seemingly unhittable thus far. The Jackets, who are now ranked as high as No. 14 in the nation, begin ACC play with a trip to Blacksburg to take on the Virginia Tech Hokies, who have also started off strong and have cracked the national rankings as well.

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