ATLANTA — The No. 14 Notre Dame Fighting Irish dropped their second straight game Saturday afternoon, falling on the road to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on a buzzer-beating layup, 62-60.
Tadric Jackson scored a career-high 25 points for the Yellow Jackets, while Josh Okogie was the man who hit the game-winner as time expired. V.J. Beachem led Notre Dame with 23.
The Yellow Jackets (13-8, 5-4 ACC) controlled the pace and the scoreboard for the majority of the afternoon, taking the lead with 14:34 remaining in the game. Notre Dame (17-5, 6-3) was never able to pull ahead again, but did tie the game several times.
Defense was the theme down the stretch, as both teams struggled to land a knockout blow.
A jumper from Jackson put Georgia Tech ahead 60-55 with 5:18 left, but the Yellow Jackets were held scoreless from that point until the buzzer.
Conversely, Notre Dame pulled even at 60-60 with 2:47 left on a Beachem jumper, but the Fighting Irish were held without a point from that point forward.
Okogie had an opportunity to put Georgia Tech ahead at the line, but missed both free throws. Notre Dame rebounded to claim possession with 35.8 seconds remaining.
Point guard Matt Farrell milked the clock down to the near-end, but missed a floater with 7 seconds left. The Yellow Jackets claimed the rebound and quickly pushed the ball up the floor. Tadric Jackson found a streaking Okogie on the right side, who blew by the lone defender in front of him and released the layup about a half-second before time expired, sending the arena into pandemonium.
Georgia Tech has now beaten North Carolina, Florida State and Notre Dame – the three highest-ranked teams in the ACC – all in the last 30 days.
Meanwhile, the Irish have now dropped two consecutive game for just the second time this year. They must regroup quickly as they now face No. 17 Duke and No. 8 North Carolina in their next two contests.