Tech guard Josh Heath gives update on health of his ankle

Georgia Tech guard Josh Heath said Friday that he expects to be able to play Saturday against Boston College after tweaking his ankle in the Yellow Jackets’ win over Division II Tusculum on Tuesday.

“I got a little work in right now (Friday) and I felt decent,” Heath said before the team’s practice. “I should be good to go (Saturday).”

Heath suffered the injury in the second half of the game, a 96-58 victory for Tech. While the game was well in hand at that point, coach Josh Pastner said that he wanted to give Heath playing time to give him time to find his groove after two subpar performances in the previous week against Clemson and Wake Forest.

Since the injury, Heath said he had been tending to it “nonstop” with trainer Richard Stewart, including ice and electric stimulation, to reduce swelling.

“I’m hopeful for Josh (to play Saturday),” Pastner said. “I’m assuming he’ll play, but we’ll see how he does (Friday), and then it just depends on his pain tolerance (Saturday).”

Having Heath in the lineup would be a considerable help for the Jackets, for whom he has become a critical element with his ability to see the floor and organize the team. Heath is averaging 5.7 points per game and 4.0 assists per game. He has been beset by flu-like symptoms that have weakened him for the past week.

Pastner said that guard Justin Moore, who missed the past two games with an abdominal injury, practiced Thursday.

“Assuming he goes (Friday), he’ll be ready to go (Saturday),” Pastner said.