Georgia Tech quotes and notes

"They were just too big, too strong and (Adam) Smith can really, really score, so it puts some pressure on your defense." – Colgate coach Matt Langel

"We need to keep getting better offensively, but the improvement really has to come on the defensive end. We've shown that we can be a much better defensive team, but in the last two games, we haven't played with the conviction level that you need to play with to be a good defensive team." – Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory

"Kind of like coach just said, he tells me, 'Just be ready to shoot it.' If I get an open one, let it go. That's kind of easy to play with that, knowing that came from the head coach." – Smith on his comfort level in the offense

"It's just letting my offense come to me, knowing if I get doubled, kick it out. My guards make a couple 3's in a row, then they have to play honest on the wing, so then it's one-on-one in the post for me." – forward Charles Mitchell on not forcing shots

3-point binge

With three 3-pointers against Colgate, Smith has 34 for the season. It’s more than last season’s team leader, Quinton Stephens, had all season (32).

In Gregory’s four seasons, the leaders have been Mfon Udofia (35 in 2011-12), Udofia again (38 in 2012-13), Trae Golden (46 in 2013-14) and Stephens last season.

Smith has made 34 of 78 attempts, 43.6 percent.

Dishing it out

Guard Travis Jorgenson tied his career high with six assists and had no turnovers.

“I thought this was probably Travis’ best game since he’s been hurt,” Gregory said. “It looked like he had the pace back to his game.”

Jorgenson injured his ankle prior to the VCU game. He and Josh Heath had a total of 10 assists with no turnovers. They now have a combined 81 assists to 21 turnovers, a 3.86/1 ratio.

Headed home

Following the game, players were released for the Christmas holiday. They are to return Saturday evening to begin preparing for the Duquesne game next Tuesday at McCamish Pavilion.