BOSTON (AP) - Georgia Tech went from woeful to unbelievable offensively.
Coming off a 56-42 loss at home against Miami when the Yellow Jackets shot just 29.5 percent, they hit 73.9 percent in the opening half against Boston College in building a 15-point halftime edge.
“We were disappointed with Saturday’s aggressiveness on offense,” Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory said. “I told the guys, ‘If you’re going to go down, you’ve got to go down swinging.’ We’re a little bit undermanned right now with the injuries and different things. We can’t play on our heels, and I thought we did that on Saturday. We talked the past two days that we’ve got to grab the bull by the horn on the offensive end.”
After nearly wasting away the big lead, Georgia Tech hung on for just the second win in six games.
“I don’t know, but we’re going to figure it out so we can make sure we do it when we go to N.C. State,” Golden said of the hot start. “I think the biggest thing is being confident and aggressive. That’s the biggest key in basketball, being confident and aggressive.”
Olivier Hanlan had 19 points and Lonnie Jackson 14 for Boston College (5-14, 1-5). The Eagles lost for the 10th time in 12 games.
“I thought a lot of our guys played with passion,” Eagles coach Steve Donahue said. “I think (Hanlan) is doing as much as he can to help us win.”
Boston College, which trailed by 19 points in the first half, closed it to 57-56 on Patrick Heckmann’s dunk with 4:45 to play. The Eagles had two chances to take their first lead of the game before Golden nailed a running bank shot and followed Joe Rahon’s miss from beyond the arc by hitting a 3 from the top, making it 62-56 with 1:26 to play.
The Eagles made their charge by going 6-for-8 on 3-point attempts in the opening 10-and-a-half minutes of the second half.
Trailing by 18 early in the second half, BC made a run behind some sharp long-range shooting by Jackson, who nailed three straight 3s that helped slice the gap to 50-42 on Hanlan’s fast break layup with just under 16 minutes to play.
BC looked like an entirely different team defensively in the second half, playing a zone, double-teaming nearly every time a Yellow Jackets’ player caught the ball near the lane and forcing them to take a number of tough shots late in the shot clock. Georgia Tech missed 13 of its first 17 shots in the second half.