Louisville, Ky. – Enduring another cold shooting night from inside and outside the three-point arc, Georgia Tech men’s basketball dropped its eighth consecutive game Wednesday night with a 68-58 loss to Louisville Wednesday at the KFC Yum! Center.
Tech (8-14, 1-11 ACC) made just 29.5 percent of its shots in the game (18-of-61), a season low, and just 7-of-27 from behind the three-point arc in the loss. The Yellow Jackets missed all 11 of their three-point tries in the second half after hitting 7-of-16 in the opening period.
The Cardinals (3-19, 1-10 ACC) led the entire second half, but never by more than seven points until the final minute of play. Tech tied the game once on a Yes’ from Franklin dunk with 9:26 on the clock, but JJ Traynor answered right away with a jumper to put Louisville ahead to stay.
Tech remained close to the Cardinals, trailing 62-58 after Kyle Sturdivant made five free throws on three separate trips to the line. The Jackets played tough defense on the next possession, but Kamari Lands knocked down an off-balance three-point basket from straight away with Deebo Coleman’s hand in his face as the shot clock expired. The Jsckets made just one field goal over the final seven and a half minutes.
Jae’Lyn Withers, who led the Cardinals with 19 points, salted the game away with a pair free throws with 18 seconds left.
Sturdivant finished with a team-high 17 points, and Miles Kelly scored 16 for the Yellow Jackets, while Franklin turned in a strong effort with eight points, 12 rebounds, three blocked shots and four steals.
Tech returns to action Saturday with a 1 p.m. contest against NC State at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C. The game will be televised live on the ACC Network.