clearn.png
Wednesday June 3rd, 2020 12:36AM

Stunner in the ATL: Ga Tech upsets No. 5 Louisville 64-58

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

ATLANTA (AP) — Right from the opening tip, Chris Mack fretted that his team just wasn't ready to play.

His guys were lethargic. They didn't seem to have any passion. There was no sense of urgency.

When the final horn sounded, the Louisville coach's worst fears were realized.

Trailing all the way and downright awful offensively, the No. 5 Cardinals were dealt a stunning 64-58 loss by Georgia Tech on Wednesday night, snapping their 10-game winning streak.

“It was an ugly game, a muddy game,” Mack said. “We were not dirty enough to win.”

Louisville (21-4, 12-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) lost for the first time since early January with a 40-minute display of airballs and clunkers that allowed the Yellow Jackets (12-13, 6-8) to hang on at the end.

The Cardinals hit just 19 of 56 shots (33.9%) from the field — including a 3-of-24 brickfest beyond the 3-point arc.

“The first four minutes, we looked like zombies,” Mack said. “We didn't have the readiness or toughness or excitement to play. From that point on, we were battling uphill the whole game.”

It was an especially brutal night for Jordan Nwora, the ACC's leading scorer at 19.5 points per game,. Unable to crack Georgia Tech's man-to-man defense, he was held to a season-low 2 points.

Nwora missed all four of his 3-point attempts, capped off by a desperation heave that didn't hit anything with the clock winding down.

Give credit to Jose Alvarado, who not only led Georgia Tech with 18 points but did a stellar defensive job on Nwora.

“I knew coming in that I was going to be guarding a big-time player,” Alvarado said. “I just gave it all I've got on defense.:”

With the outcome still in doubt, it was Moses Wright who came through at both ends of the court.

Trailing 53-51 with under 2 minutes to go, the Cardinals took off on a two-on-one fast break that seemed certain to produce the tying basket. David Johnson went up for the apparent lay-in, but Wright came out of nowhere to block the shot.

The officials did a lengthy video review to make sure it wasn't goaltending, finally awarding the ball to the Yellow Jackets.

At the offensive end, Wright got the ball near the foul line, drove for the hoop and dropped one in to extend Georgia Tech's lead with 55-51 with just over a minute left. He finished with 12 points.

“To make those two plays in that sequence, that was the game,” Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner said.

Louisville had one more chance to force overtime, but Lamarr Kimble stumbled driving into the lane, losing the ball for the last of the Cardinals' 16 turnovers.

Georgia Tech jumped all over the Cardinals right from the opening tip, racing to a 12-2 lead that prompted Mack to call a timeout just 3 1/2 minutes into the game.

Working the ball crisply inside and out, the Yellow Jackets made five of their first seven shots, including a couple of 3-pointers by Alvarado.

Louisville endured a scoreless drought of 4:23 before finally knocking down a free throw to halt Georgia Tech's run.

Mack showed his disgust by yanking Nwora out of the game before the first timeout.

The five Louisville starters totaled just 18 points. The reserves, led by Johnson and Malik Williams with 16 points apiece, combined for 40 points.

“The starters really weren't ready to play,” Mack said. “I probably should have played the reserves more.”

Georgia Tech lost the first meeting between the teams on Jan. 22, squandering an 11-point lead early in the second half to lose 68-64.

This time, the Yellow Jackets made it stand up.

PASTNER'S PREMONITION

Wright missed most of practice the previous day to take care of a classroom project.

When he finally arrived at the gym, Pastner put him through a grueling individual workout.

“I told him, ‘Hey, this is what you need. There’s going to be a possession tomorrow that determines us winning and losing,'" Pastner said.

He was right.

BIG PICTURE

Louisville: The Cardinals hardly looked like the No. 5 team in the country, taking their first loss since a 78-65 setback to Florida State on Jan. 4. While Mack conceded that he's looking for improvement at the defensive end and fewer turnovers, he hardly think thinks one loss overshadows all the good things his team has done this season.

“To sit up here after 21 wins and say this is a huge issue, I'd be lying,” the coach said. “The guys have for the most part, while not perfect, answered the bell and answered the challenge.”

Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets finally won a close game. Six of their eight ACC losses had been by less than 10 points.

“We're right at that doorstep,” Pastner said. “The next phase to move the needle in the program is to get through that door. That's the hardest part. To get through the door, you've got to win these type of games.”

UP NEXT

Louisville: Travel to Clemson for a rematch against the Tigers on Saturday. The Cardinals won the first meeting 80-62 on Jan. 25.

Georgia Tech: Have a week off before heading to Wake Forest next Wednesday.

___

Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 His work can be found at https://apnews.com

___

More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Basketball, College Sports, AP Online - Georgia News, AP Sports - Men's College Basketball
© Copyright 2020 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Cruise ship turned away in other ports anchors off Cambodia
A cruise ship that was turned away elsewhere over virus fears has anchored off Cambodia, which is checking the health of its 2,200 passengers and crew
12:20AM ( 18 minutes ago )
Stunner in the ATL: Ga Tech upsets No. 5 Louisville 64-58
For the first time since early January, No. 5 Louisville has tasted defeat
12:16AM ( 22 minutes ago )
With impeachment over, critics see Trump 'retribution tour'
In the week since his acquittal on impeachment charges, a fully emboldened President Donald Trump is demonstrating his determination to assert an iron grip on government
12:15AM ( 23 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Jeremy Roenick won't return to NBC Sports after suspension
Jeremy Roenick will not be returning to NBC Sports after his suspension for making inappropriate comments about coworkers
11:46PM ( 51 minutes ago )
Cavaliers end 12-game home skid, beat Hawks 127-105
The Cleveland Cavaliers finally ended their losing ways at home by defeating the Atlanta Hawks 127-105 on Wednesday night
11:23PM ( 1 hour ago )
Raptors' 15-game win streak snapped with 101-91 loss to Nets
The Toronto Raptors had their franchise-record winning streak stopped at 15 games with a 101-91 loss to the Brooklyn Nets
11:22PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Sports
Michigan State rallies to hire Tucker away from Colorado
Michigan State has hired coach Mel Tucker away from Colorado to lead its football program
8:29PM ( 4 hours ago )
Michigan State rallies to hire Colorado coach Mel Tucker
Michigan State has hired coach Mel Tucker away from Colorado to lead its football program
6:47PM ( 5 hours ago )
Kobe Bryant, daughter buried in Southern California cemetery
Death certificates show Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were buried Friday in a cemetery near the family's Southern California home
3:01PM ( 9 hours ago )
AP Online Basketball
AP Sources: Michigan State hires Colorado coach Mel Tucker
Two people familiar with the decision say Colorado coach Mel Tucker has agreed to lead Michigan State's football program
11:08AM ( 13 hours ago )
AP Source: Michigan State hires Colorado coach Mel Tucker
A person familiar with the decision says Colorado coach Mel Tucker has agreed to lead Michigan State's football program
7:54AM ( 16 hours ago )
NCAA's Emmert presses Senate for 'guardrails' on athlete pay
NCAA President Mark Emmert is urging Congress to step in and put restrictions on college athletes' ability to earn money from endorsements
1:21AM ( 23 hours ago )
College Sports
Braves' Hamels to miss start of season with sore shoulder
Atlanta Braves newly acquired starting pitcher Cole Hamels won't be ready for the start of the season
6:06PM ( 6 hours ago )
Braves agree to minor-league deal with RHP Josh Tomlin
The Atlanta Braves have agreed to a minor league contract with reliever Josh Tomlin that includes an invitation to the big league camp
10:16AM ( 14 hours ago )
Hill collapses, roads flooded, dam eroded by Southern rains
Heavy rains have collapsed a hillside, flooded roads and endangered dams across the Southeast, and forecasters say more water is on the way
7:39PM ( 1 day ago )
AP Online - Georgia News
Luke Fickell tells Michigan State he's staying at Cincinnati
Coach Luke Fickell has informed Michigan State that he has decided to stay with Cincinnati
4:31PM ( 2 days ago )
Preseason No. 1 Michigan St out of Top 25; Baylor atop poll
Baylor remains atop The Associated Press men's college basketball poll in a week that saw preseason No. 1 Michigan State fall out
1:21PM ( 2 days ago )
Baylor stays No. 1 in quiet week for Top 25; Michigan St out
Baylor remains atop The Associated Press men's college basketball poll in a largely static week among in the top 10
12:28PM ( 2 days ago )
AP Sports - Men's College Basketball
Cruise ship turned away in other ports anchors off Cambodia
A cruise ship that was turned away elsewhere over virus fears has anchored off Cambodia, which is checking the health of its 2,200 passengers and crew
12:20AM ( 18 minutes ago )
With impeachment over, critics see Trump 'retribution tour'
In the week since his acquittal on impeachment charges, a fully emboldened President Donald Trump is demonstrating his determination to assert an iron grip on government
12:15AM ( 23 minutes ago )
Democrats seek path through diverse states after Iowa and NH
Democratic presidential candidates are plotting their paths forward into a primary expanding to include voters of color, while the party's establishment braces for a long and uncertain nomination fight
12:14AM ( 24 minutes ago )
Some Democrats fear fallout from Sanders atop the ticket
Sen. Bernie Sanders' robust start in the race for the presidential nomination is triggering alarm among congressional Democrats
12:12AM ( 26 minutes ago )
Stormy US-Europe relations as top officials head to Munich
With tensions between the United States and Europe running high over numerous issues, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper are descending on the German city of Munich for an annual security forum
12:10AM ( 27 minutes ago )