TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A judge says a blackmail and defamation lawsuit filed by Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner against an Arizona man can move ahead.
ATLANTA (AP) — The NCAA has informed Georgia Tech it has found major recruiting violations committed by former assistant coach Darryl LaBarrie and a former friend of coach Josh Pastner.
Georgia Tech edges NC State, 63-61
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — With 5.5 seconds remaining, Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner told his players during a timeout that they were going to find a way to win the game.
ATLANTA (AP) — It's been a difficult year for Georgia Tech, so coach Josh Pastner is grateful to have a positive teaching point headed into the offseason.
Alvarado, Banks help Jackets snap 7-game skid, 73-65
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech went a month without winning a game. Even so, coach Josh Pastner had started seeing improvement in his young team over the last couple of weeks.
No. 25 Florida State beats cold-shooting Georgia Tech 59-49
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner wanted to "muck it up" against Florida State. The Seminoles waded through the mud, all right, but came out looking fine.
Florida State defeated Georgia Tech 59-49 for its third straight victory Saturday, with Mfiondu Kabengele and Terance Mann scoring 12 points each.
Gueye’s big putback leads Ga Tech past Notre Dame 63-61
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech was back at full strength.
The Yellow Jackets are also back on the winning track.
Abdoulaye Gueye had a huge putback with 52 seconds left, Jose Alvarado hit two clutch free throws and Georgia Tech held off Notre Dame for a 63-61 victory in the Atlantic Coast Conference on Tuesday night.
Alvarado and James Banks III scored 16 points apiece to lead the Yellow Jackets (11-8, 3-3), who snapped a two-game losing streak.
Georgia Tech dominates inside, beats Syracuse 73-59
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner says the only way for his team to survive is through its defense.
In that case, the Yellow Jackets may do more than survive.
Jose Alvarado scored 19 points, James Banks III added 16 and Georgia Tech dominated inside and overpowered Syracuse 73-59 on Saturday night, ending the Orange's four-game winning streak.
Forward Jordan Usher transfers from USC to Georgia Tech
ATLANTA (AP) — Former USC forward Jordan Usher has transferred to Georgia Tech and will be eligible for spring semester in 2019.
Usher, from Canton, Georgia, averaged 8.6 points and 3.7 rebounds in 12 games, including two starts, this season for the Trojans. He averaged 4.8 points and 2.0 rebounds as a freshman in 2017-18.
The 6-foot-7, 225-pound Usher has enrolled for spring semester at Georgia Tech. His transfer was announced by Yellow Jackets coach Josh Pastner.
Banks has 20, powers Georgia Tech past Wake Forest, 92-79
ATLANTA (AP) — James Banks III was the focus of the offense as Georgia Tech rolled to its most points in an ACC regular-season game in 14 years.
Now Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner wants to see Banks do it again.
Banks scored 20 points and Georgia Tech continued its home domination of Wake Forest by beating the Demon Deacons 92-79 on Saturday in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for each team.
Gueye sparks Georgia Tech to 87-57 rout of Kennesaw State
ATLANTA (AP) — Abdoulaye Gueye stopped trying to play like a Hall of Famer and then played kind of like one Friday afternoon when he came off the bench to tie a career-high with 16 points with eight rebounds Friday to spark Georgia Tech in an 87-57 blowout win over Kennesaw State.
Georgia Tech warms up on offense, beats East Carolina, 79-54
ATLANTA (AP) — Curtis Haywood II scored a career-high 18 points Friday, and Georgia Tech overcame a slow start to ease past East Carolina, 79-54, as the Yellow Jackets found their lost shooting touch.
Jayden Gardner scored 13 points for ECU (2-2) and Seth LeDay added nine points and nine rebounds off the bench, but the Pirates could not overcome 22 turnovers and a big difference in 3-point shooting.
Defense carries No. 5 Tennessee past Georgia Tech 66-53
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — No. 5 Tennessee celebrated its first top-five ranking in more than a decade by showcasing the stingy defense that helped these Volunteers earn their rare status.
Grant Williams scored 22 points as Tennessee beat cold-shooting Georgia Tech 66-53 on Tuesday night, one day after the Vols (3-0) moved up a spot in the Top 25 to reach the top five for the first time since the 2007-08 season.
Alston, Alvarado lead Georgia Tech past Lamar
ATLANTA (AP) — Brandon Alston scored 17 points off the bench and Jose Alvarado scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half Friday to lead Georgia Tech to an 88-69 win over Lamar.
Alston and Alvarado each made a pair of 3-pointers down the stretch as Georgia Tech (1-0) hit 12 from beyond the arc, the most the Yellow Jackets have made in a game since coach Josh Pastner was hired before the 2016-17 season.
Georgia Tech Preview-Capsule
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.
Pastner looks beyond this year to make Georgia Tech relevant
ATLANTA (AP) — Josh Pastner calls his third season at Georgia Tech "the bridge year" for his program.
Knowing there's little chance the Yellow Jackets will finish at .500 or better in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Pastner has turned his attention to developing young players in hopes of making next year's team relevant in league play.
Georgia Tech went 13-19 last season, 6-12 in the ACC, and that was with Josh Okogie, Ben Lammers and Tadric Jackson leading the team in scoring and rebounding.
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) — Josh Pastner describes Georgia Tech's tumultuous season as a "perfect storm."
The coach insists the waves of losses, injuries and off-the-court problems — including a lawsuit filed against him — won't sink the team's ship.
Georgia Tech snaps 7-game skid, beats NC State 78-75
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.
Georgia Tech’s Jose Alvarado to miss remainder of season
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech point guard Jose Alvarado will miss the remainder of the season after fracturing his left elbow.
Coach Josh Pastner said Monday X-rays showed the fracture. The injury, suffered when Alvarado fell on his arm in Sunday's 80-69 loss to No. 9 Duke, initially was described as a dislocated elbow.
Pastner said the fracture will require a recovery period of six to eight weeks, meaning Alvarado also is ruled out for the postseason.
Couple files sexual assault lawsuit vs Georgia Tech coach
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Tucson-area couple has filed a lawsuit against Georgia Tech basketball coach Josh Pastner, claiming sexual assault and sexual battery by the former University of Arizona standout.
Tucson TV station KOLD reports the suit was filed Thursday in Pima County Superior Court by former Georgia Tech booster Ron Bell and his girlfriend, Jennifer Pendley.
Georgia Tech’s Pastner files suit, claims fraud, extortion
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.
Alvarado shines as Georgia Tech pulls away from Yale, 74-60
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.
Georgia Tech snaps 3-game skid with 79-53 win over FAMU
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.
Georgia Tech facing more NCAA woes, Moore to miss 2 games
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.
Georgia Tech suspends Jackson, Okogie for accepting benefits
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.
Pastner looks to keep momentum going in Year 2 at Ga Tech
ATLANTA (AP) — Josh Pastner's first season at Georgia Tech went much better than expected.
Georgia Tech gives Josh Pastner 1-year contract extension
ATLANTA (AP) — Josh Pastner has signed a one-year contract extension to remain Georgia Tech's coach through the 2022-23 season after exceeding expectations in his debut season.
Pastner agreed to a six-year deal with escalating annual salaries with an average value of $1.87 million per year when he was hired from Memphis on April 8, 2016. He was named Atlantic Coast Conference coach of the year after leading Georgia Tech to a 21-16 record and a spot in the NIT final.
Georgia Tech head men's basketball coach Josh Pastner spoke with fans and Georgia Tech alumni at Heritage First Bank in downtown Rome, Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017. The reigning ACC Men's Basketball Coach of the Year spoke about the program, took photos with fans and signed autographs. The evening, which also included a silent auction, was a fundraising event for the Rome Georgia Tech Alumni Association.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A state audit notes that Memphis athletic director Tom Bowen had a conflict of interest while renegotiating former basketball coach Josh Pastner's contract in 2013 because they had the same agent at the time.
The audit also showed Pastner's updated contract was not submitted to the Tennessee Board of Regents for approval, as was required for contracts exceeding $100,000.
ATLANTA (AP) — Tennessee guard Shembari Phillips is returning home to play for Georgia Tech.
Yellow Jackets coach Josh Pastner announced the transfer Monday. Phillips, who must sit out 2017-18 season, will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Georgia Tech freshman Christian Matthews to transfer
ATLANTA (AP) — Christian Matthews, who averaged 3.4 points as a freshman at Georgia Tech, plans to continue his career at another school.
Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner says Matthews has been granted his request to be released from his scholarship so he can transfer.
Matthews, from Clinton, Maryland, played in 15 games. Pastner said in a statement released by the school on Thursday the 6-foot-7 Matthews, who can play guard and forward, "was an integral part of our depth."
Lawson brothers leaving Memphis’ basketball program
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — K.J. Lawson and Dedric Lawson are leaving Memphis' program, which leaves the Tigers without two of their top three scorers and their top two rebounders from this season.
Memphis coach Tubby Smith said in a university statement that he learned Wednesday that the Lawson brothers were planning to ask for their release from the university. Smith said he was notified after meeting with the Lawsons and their parents.
Georgia Tech’s Pastner calls 21-win season ‘miraculous’
ATLANTA (AP) — Josh Pastner somehow found a way to turn Georgia Tech's dire preseason outlook into what he called a "miraculous" finish in the NIT championship game.
Pastner, the first-year coach, inherited what appeared to be a talent-thin roster. Some asked if the Yellow Jackets would win any Atlantic Coast Conference games.
Georgia Tech and TCU set for NIT title game
NEW YORK (AP) — Josh Pastner and Jamie Dixon both got their wish.
Both coaches wanted one more opportunity to teach their teams.
Georgia Tech and Texas Christian will meet for the NIT title on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.
But in order to win the title, Pastner and Dixon will have to go head-to-head.
Georgia Tech handles Cal State Bakersfield 76-61
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.
ATLANTA (AP) — It's easy enough to brush off the National Invitation Tournament as nothing more than a lame coronation: crowning a champion of the also-rans.
Just don't try pushing that narrative on Josh Pastner and Georgia Tech, or any of the other three teams that will be at Madison Square Garden next week for Final Four Lite.
When it comes to building a program, the NIT can be an extremely useful tool.
ATLANTA (AP) — For Georgia Tech first-year coach Josh Pastner, the National Invitation Tournament is a "great accomplishment."
For Georgia eighth-year coach Mark Fox, failing to land a NCAA bid is a bitter disappointment.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina forward Justin Jackson is The Associated Press player of the year in the Atlantic Coast Conference and Georgia Tech's Josh Pastner is its coach of the year.
Jackson, one of three unanimous selections to the AP all-ACC team also announced Monday, earned five votes for the top individual honor — one more than Wake Forest forward John Collins — following a vote of 15 journalists who cover the ACC throughout the league's nine states.
UNC’s Jackson, Georgia Tech’s Pastner win ACC awards
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's Justin Jackson is the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year and Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner is its coach of the year.
The ACC announced its all-league team and individual award winners Sunday following a vote of 53 media members and coaches.
Lammers has 20 as Georgia Tech tops Pitt 61-52
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.
Lammers has 20 as Georgia Tech tops Pitt 61-52
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.
Jackson, Lammers, Okogie power Jackets past Boston College
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."
Georgia Tech blows out Division II Tusculum 96-58
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.
Collins scores 20 as Wake Forest beats Georgia Tech 81-69
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — First-year Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner said he had recruited John Collins "hard" when Pastner was at Memphis. But Collins ended up at Wake Forest instead, and on Saturday, he made Pastner regret that recruiting miss once more.
Collins scored 20 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, his tenth double-double of the season, and added a career-high five blocks as the Demon Deacons beat Georgia Tech 81-69 at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The success of the Georgia Tech basketball program is bordering on unbelievable. Understand that when new coach Josh Pastner took over, the Yellow Jackets did not have a single player returning that averaged more than five points per game, that the Techsters haven’t been to an NCAA tournament since perhaps Reagan was president and that they were picked to finish 14th in a 15-team conference.
Clemson takes on up-and-coming Georgia Tech team Wednesday night
Josh Pastner remembers his interview process vividly, arriving in Atlanta, ready to make his case for the men’s basketball vacancy at Georgia Tech.
“We were told, ‘Hey, you’re not going to win a game your first year in the ACC,’” Pastner recalled Monday on an ACC teleconference. “‘You might win a total of 20 games in your first two years.’”
Pastner has Georgia Tech off to a surprisingly good start
ATLANTA (AP) — Halfway through his first ACC season, Josh Pastner has exceeded expectations at Georgia Tech.
It's been a surprising start for the 39-year-old coach. The Yellow Jackets have wins against top 10 teams with victories over North Carolina and Florida State. Last week they upset the Seminoles by a wide margin and took a last-second Top 25 victory over Notre Dame.
Georgia Tech upsets Irish 62-60 as Okogie scores at buzzer
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."
Did we all get better in Raleigh after Sunday night's debacle against Georgia Tech? NC State BETTER have. Because against the so-called "get right" portion of State's ACC schedule, they're 0-2 so far with two more to go and after that? State is favored to win exactly ONE league game by statistician Ken Pomeroy. This league is brutal, but we all know State will win more than one league game. NC State head coach Mark Gottfried has said this team's dreams and goals are still alive. Well, it had BETTER start tonight. See what I did? Better? No? Can we joke about this yet?