MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A night after they were eliminated from playoff contention, the Minnesota Timberwolves at least ended a difficult skid.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jeff Teague scored 27 points, Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 and the Minnesota Timberwolves overcame James Harden's 42 points to beat the Houston Rockets 121-111 on Wednesday night.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — James Harden was Josh Okogie's responsibility for much of Wednesday night. Even though Harden piled up 42 points, Okogie's teammates were full of praise for the Nigerian rookie.
"It wasn't a good 42," Karl-Anthony Towns said. "It wasn't a 42 that he's been getting recently, you know. He had to work for it."
Towns had 25 points, Jeff Teague had 27 points and 12 rebounds, and Okogie locked down Harden when it counted most to help the Timberwolves beat the Houston Rockets 121-111.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Philadelphia's Ben Simmons, Utah's Donovan Mitchell and Dallas' Luka Doncic were among the 20 players announced Tuesday as participants in this year's Rising Stars game at All-Star weekend.
Simmons is the reigning rookie of the year, and Doncic is the favorite to win that award this season.
For the fifth straight year, the game that features rookies and second-year players will use a U.S. vs. World format.
PHOENIX (AP) — Two days earlier, the short-handed Phoenix Suns gave Minnesota everything it could handle in a two-point road loss to the Timberwolves.
On Tuesday night, it was no contest. A Minnesota blowout in the desert.
Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 points, 18 rebounds and seven assists, rookie Josh Okogie scored a career-best 21 and the Timberwolves rolled 118-91.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns got the Minnesota Timberwolves started and then enjoyed watching rookie Josh Okogie and the bench deliver the big blow.
Towns had 14 points and 14 assists in just 21 minutes, Andrew Wiggins scored 17 and the Timberwolves beat the road-weary Sacramento Kings 132-105 on Monday night.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves showed off their improved defense Wednesday night against the San Antonio Spurs.
It was quite a performance by Robert Covington and company.
Covington scored 21 points, Karl-Anthony Towns and Derrick Rose each had 16 and the Timberwolves shut down the Spurs for a 128-89 victory.
Last season: 13-19, went 6-12 in league play to finish 13th.
Nickname: Yellow Jackets.
Coach: Josh Pastner.
Conference: Atlantic Coast.
Who's gone: Guard Josh Okogie, center Ben Lammers, guard Tadric Jackson.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Through the first three games of the season, the Minnesota Timberwolves were not playing the type of defense that head coach Tom Thibodeau wanted to see.
That changed Monday night.
Minnesota clamped down on the defensive end against Indiana as Jimmy Butler returned to the lineup to score 20 points to lead the Timberwolves to a 101-91 win over the Pacers.
"We played a little bit of defense finally," Butler said. "It felt good."
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have set their roster for the NBA summer league team, highlighted by draft picks Josh Okogie and Keita Bates-Diop and returner Amile Jefferson.
The Wolves announced Tuesday the 15 players they'll take to Las Vegas for the 30-team competition. The Wolves start play on Friday against the Denver Nuggets, their first of at least five games in the tournament. They'll be coached by John Lucas, the team's player development coach.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves used the draft to add a pair of players possessing the skills they want for the wing positions.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves could have used their draft picks in deals to help clear space under the salary cap for potential free agent additions next month.
They needed some high-ceiling young players just as much.
Opting against any deals, the Timberwolves selected Georgia Tech guard Josh Okogie with the 20th overall pick in the first round of the NBA Draft on Thursday night, targeting a tough-minded player with defensive versatility as a primary asset.
ATLANTA (AP) — Josh Okogie has decided to remain in the NBA draft, ending his career at Georgia Tech after two seasons.
The 6-foot-4 guard announced his decision Monday. The draft will be held June 21.
Okogie submitted his application to the NBA undergraduate advisory committee in March, participated in workouts and interviews with NBA teams, and attended the last week's draft combine in Chicago.
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech guard Josh Okogie plans to skip his final two college seasons to enter the NBA draft.
Okogie announced his intention Thursday through the school. He will not hire an agent, leaving open the option of returning to the Yellow Jackets.
The 6-foot-4 Okogie was Georgia Tech's leading scorer at 18.2 points per game. He became just the sixth player in school history to surpass 1,000 points by the end of his sophomore year.
ATLANTA (AP) — With Georgia Tech protecting a two-point lead, Josh Okogie lost possession of the ball when tied up by Wake Forest's Bryant Crawford.
Possession on the jump ball went to Wake Forest, and Okogie seethed.
With only 36.9 seconds remaining, it was a potential game-turning play and Okogie said, "I kind of took it personal."
ATLANTA (AP) — Through the pain of a winless February, Georgia Tech didn't give up on a season going nowhere.
Finally, a long-awaited reward came with the end of the regular season only two days away.
Tadric Jackson scored 22 points, Ben Lammers added 20, including eight straight late in the game, and Georgia Tech beat North Carolina State 78-75 on Thursday night to end its seven-game losing streak.
"For us it validated that we are getting better," said Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Brad Brownell drew up the first play of Saturday's game to get an open 3-pointer for Gabe DeVoe, partly as a way to thank the senior for four good years.
It also served as a catalyst for the 15th-ranked Tigers as they ended a three-game losing streak.
DeVoe scored 25 points, making four of his seven 3-pointers, to lead Clemson (21-7, 10-6 Atlantic Coast) to a 75-67 win over Georgia Tech.
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech assistant men's basketball coach Darryl LaBarrie has resigned during an ongoing NCAA investigation of an alleged rules violation, the school has confirmed.
LaBarrie was placed on paid administrative leave on Nov. 22 while Georgia Tech and the NCAA investigated the alleged violation during a recruiting visit. Julian Swartz, the team's director of recruiting and compliance, replaced LaBarrie on an interim basis.
ATLANTA (AP) — Josh Okogie and his Georgia Tech teammates had fits with Syracuse's zone defense Wednesday, but the Yellow Jackets were even tougher on the Orange in snapping a four-game losing streak with a 55-51 win.
The sophomore guard scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half on a night when Tech (11-11, 4-5 ACC) used just six players with Tadric Jackson adding 15 points as the only sub. He made 7-of-12 shots, but his teammates hit just 14 of 51 and Tech shot 33.3 percent.
ATLANTA (AP) — Marcquise Reed saw the matchup he wanted and drove to the basket.
The senior guard felt confident making the turn near the baseline, getting just the space he needed to beat a power forward to the rim.
"I had a four-man on me and just tried to make a play," Reed said. "If there's a four-man on me, I'm going to drive it."
Gabe DeVoe scored a career-high 25 points, Reed hit a decisive layup in the closing seconds and No. 18 Clemson held off Georgia Tech 72-70 on Sunday night.
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner says he and his family are victims of fraud and extortion, and he is seeking protection through a lawsuit filed in Arizona.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported Saturday that Pastner filed a civil lawsuit against former Georgia Tech booster Ron Bell and his girlfriend, Jennifer Pendley, who have accused the coach of breaking NCAA rules.
ATLANTA (AP) — Back at full strength, Georgia Tech is starting to find its groove.
Without two of its best players, Notre Dame is trying to hold on.
Josh Okogie scored 17 points and Georgia Tech snapped Notre Dame's five-game winning streak, beating the depleted Fighting Irish 60-53 Wednesday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
ATLANTA (AP) — It took a while to get comfortable, but Jose Alvardo warmed up in the second half and scored 16 of his career-matching best 23 points to send Georgia Tech past Yale, 74-60 on Saturday night.
Josh Okogie added 20 points and Abdoulaye Gueye chipped in a career-high 14 for Tech (8-7).
The game was tight through the first half as the Yellow Jackets rode a 7-0 closing run for a 37-33 halftime advantage.
ATLANTA (AP) — Josh Okogie isn't concerned with how poorly Georgia Tech started the season.
Now with a signature victory over a ranked team, Okogie believes the Yellow Jackets are just getting started.
"I think this is a big momentum changer for our season," Okogie said. "It's a great building block of what we know we can do. We're still in this. Nobody can count us out no more, just like last season."
ATLANTA (AP) — The return of sophomore guard Josh Okogie on Sunday gave Georgia Tech a big lift with ACC play looming in less than two weeks and rival Georgia up next on Tuesday.
Okogie, a preseason second-team All-ACC choice, scored 19 points in his first game of the season and the Yellow Jackets (5-4) snapped a three-game losing streak with a 79-54 victory over Florida A&M.
"We'd probably be 9-0 if he'd played all nine games," coach Josh Pastner said.
ATLANTA (AP) — Tadric Jackson told Jose Alvarado coming out of a timeout to look for him if Ben Lammers wasn't open.
Alvarado did just that, and it all worked out for Georgia Tech.
"When I had the ball, I looked up and I saw 2 seconds," Jackson said. "I took a couple of dribbles and just focused on making the layup."
Jackson hit a layup at the buzzer, Lammers scored 13 points and Georgia Tech rallied in the closing seconds to beat Northwestern 52-51 on Tuesday night.
ATLANTA (AP) — Playing point guard for the first time in a while because he had to, Georgia Tech's Brandon Alston looked comfortable Wednesday night while scoring a career-high 20 points to lead the short-handed Yellow Jackets to a 78-68 win over Texas-Rio Grande Valley with three players sidelined by NCAA suspensions.
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech, which already has two players suspended for NCAA rules violations, has announced sophomore guard Justin Moore also will miss two games for an undisclosed rules violation.
Also, assistant coach Darryl LaBarrie has been placed on paid administrative leave while Georgia Tech investigates an alleged violation of NCAA rules.
The moves with LaBarrie and Moore were announced Wednesday by athletic director Todd Stansbury and coach Josh Pastner.
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech star Josh Okogie will serve a six-game suspension, while teammate Tadric Jackson must sit out three games for accepting benefits in violation of NCAA rules.
Okogie and Jackson already missed the Yellow Jackets' season-opening loss to No. 23 UCLA, staying home while the team played the Bruins in Shanghai, China.
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech suspended starting basketball players Tadric Jackson and Josh Okogie indefinitely Thursday after learning they accepted benefits in violation of NCAA rules.
Georgia Tech says the two players will not accompany the team to China for its season opener against UCLA on Nov. 10. The length of the suspensions will be determined by the NCAA.
Last season: 21-16, lost in final of NIT.
Nickname: Yellow Jackets.
Coach: Josh Pastner.
Conference: Atlantic Coast.
Who's gone: G Josh Heath, F Quinton Stephens, G Corey Heyward, F Christian Matthews, F Kellen McCormick, G/F Jodan Price, F Rand Rowland.
NEW YORK (AP) — Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner said he did not envision his Yellow Jackets in a national postseason tournament before the season began.
With another win, though, his team will be a champion of one.
Josh Okogie scored a game-high 22 points to lead Georgia Tech to a 76-61 win over Cal State Bakersfield in a NIT semifinal Tuesday night.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Ben Lammers had 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting and added eight blocks, four rebounds, four assists and four steals to lead Georgia Tech of the final four of the NIT with a 74-66 win over Mississippi on Tuesday night.
Josh Okogie led the Yellow Jackets (20-15), who were seeded sixth in their bracket, with 26 points and Quinton Stephens had 10 with seven rebounds.
ATLANTA (AP) — Quinton Stephens scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds, Ben Lammers had his fifteenth double-double of the season and No. 6 seed Georgia Tech used a big second-half run to beat Belmont 71-57 on Sunday in the second round of the NIT.
Georgia Tech (19-15) will face fifth-seeded Mississippi, which upset Syracuse 85-80, in the quarterfinals on Tuesday night.
ATLANTA (AP) — Josh Pastner proclaimed that Georgia Tech's eighth Atlantic Coast Conference win is "literally a modern miracle."
Then again, Pastner also suggested his overachieving Yellow Jackets already should be a lock for the NCAA tournament.
The first-year coach can be excused an exaggeration or two.
ATLANTA (AP) — Ben Lammers scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half, Josh Okogie added 14 points and Georgia Tech beat Pittsburgh 61-52 on Tuesday night.
Georgia Tech, expected to finish near the bottom of the ACC under first-year coach Josh Pastner, has a chance for a .500 finish in the league when it closes its regular season at Syracuse on Saturday.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Matt Farrell's timing was perfect for No. 21 Notre Dame on Sunday night.
Farrell's desperation fallaway corner jumper at the shot-clock buzzer with 3:40 left was one of a handful of what he called winning plays in the second half of a 64-60 victory over Georgia Tech.
"I just threw it up, and right when it left my hands, it looked good," Farrell said. "I just tried to go out there and make winning plays."
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Here's how hard Miami worked on Wednesday night: By the end of the game, even coach Jim Larranaga had sweated through his dress clothes.
At this point in the season, whatever it takes.
Davon Reed scored 21 points, DJ Vasiljevic added 13 and Miami survived having a depleted roster to beat Georgia Tech 70-61 — bolstering the Hurricanes' NCAA Tournament hopes.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Davon Reed scored 21 points, DJ Vasiljevic added 13 and Miami survived having a depleted roster to beat Georgia Tech 70-61 on Wednesday night.
Dewan Huell scored 11 of his 13 points after halftime for the Hurricanes (17-8, 7-6 Atlantic Coast Conference). Miami played without guard Ja'Quan Newton, who is starting a three-game suspension for a violation of team rules, and lost center Ebuka Izundu 67 seconds into the second half with a left leg injury.
ATLANTA (AP) — Every time Georgia Tech went to the rim for a layup in the first half, the ball just wouldn't go through the net.
Coach Josh Pastner told his team to stay calm and keep pushing.
"I've been in basketball for something like 25 years and I've never seen anything like it," Pastner said. "I told our guys that it's got to turn our way. We're due to make a layup here or there."
ATLANTA (AP) — Freshman Josh Okogie scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds, Ben Lammers added 13 points, six rebounds and four blocked shots to help Georgia Tech overwhelm Division II Tusculum 96-58 on Tuesday night.
All 13 Tech players who played scored at least once, several for the first time as collegians as the Yellow Jackets (14-10) were not challenged by the Division II Pioneers in a rare mid-winter, non-conference game.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A bevy of talented freshmen in the Atlantic Coast Conference are making their presence felt around the league.
Eight freshmen are averaging in double figures with two — North Carolina State's Dennis Smith Jr. and Georgia Tech's Josh Okogie — leading their teams in scoring. The average number of freshmen coming into the season to average double figures in the conference since 1992-93 was five, according to Basketball Reference.
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech keeps defying expectations in its first season under coach Josh Pastner.
Already steeled with Top 10 wins over North Carolina and Florida State, the Yellow Jackets added No. 14 Notre Dame to a resume that's looking more impressive each week.
"Teams come in here that are Top 10, Top 25, but we don't look at that," guard Tadric Jackson said. "We just look at team matchups and play with more energy than our opponent."
ATLANTA (AP) — Josh Okogie loves how Georgia Tech is building momentum this season.
More talented teams with deeper rosters keep falling to a group of Yellow Jackets who nobody predicted would win more than a couple of conference games.
No. 6 Florida State is the latest victim.
"We had tremendous energy, and then I don't think they had the energy to match us," Okogie said. "We were just feeding off that."
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — New Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner likes telling the story of school officials warning him that he might not win an Atlantic Coast Conference game in the first year of a big rebuilding project.
So much for that.
Freshman Josh Okogie scored 27 points to help Georgia Tech beat North Carolina State 86-76 on Sunday night for the Yellow Jackets' third ACC win in a surprising start.