After review, Georgia Tech’s Jose Alvarado awarded school steal record

After initially being credited with eight steals in Georgia Tech’s 64-58 win over N.C. State on Saturday to tie Kenny Anderson’s school record for most steals in a game, Yellow Jackets guard Jose Alvarado now stands alone.

After a standard review of the game video, Alvarado was credited with a ninth steal that had first been awarded to teammate Moses Wright, an interception of a pass into the paint by Wolfpack guard Markell Johnson five minutes into the game.

It was an all-time game for Alvarado, who scored 26 points on 9-for-21 shooting (6-for-8 from the line) along with the nine steals. Alvarado’s thievery was central to the outcome at game’s end, stealing a handoff with eight seconds left with the Wolfpack down 60-58. After getting fouled on the play, he then made both free throws with 8.4 seconds left to make it a two-possession game.

On N.C. State’s final possession, Alvarado got his final steal as Johnson tried to dribble into the lane.

Through Saturday’s games, only one Division I player has recorded more steals in a game this season. It was also the most steals ever recorded against N.C. State in a single game. In ACC history, only three players have ever had more steals in a game.

Alvarado, whose single-game high for steals was previously six (against North Carolina Jan. 4) now has 31 steals in 13 games.