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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.

''I think we've gotten better, and we have gotten better,'' he said. ''It just hasn't shown up in the win column. This league is incredible. It just so happens in this league, you can be getting better, and the wins just don't show up.''

Jose Alvarado scored a career-high 29 points, James Banks had 10 rebounds and five blocked shots and Georgia Tech snapped a seven-game skid with a 73-65 victory over Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.

In matchup of ACC bottom dwellers, the Yellow Jackets (12-15, 4-10 Atlantic Coast Conference) extended the Panthers' losing streak to 10 straight games.

Jared Wilson-Frame finished with 19 points and Xavier Johnson added 14 points for Pitt (12-15, 2-12). The Panthers missed 18 free throws and had 12 shots blocked, not surprising for a team that went winless in the league last year and is the ACC's worst team this season. Pitt has dropped 19 consecutive ACC road games and 22 straight road games overall.

''We have to be able to step up and make free throws,'' Panthers coach Jeff Capel said. ''We got to the line a lot. We've been a pretty good free-throw shooting team but tonight, for whatever reason, we didn't make free throws. It just kind of became contagious.''

Georgia Tech used a 17-0 run to take a 25-7 lead in the first half, but Pitt caused problems with its trap defense in the second half and pulled within one with 7:57 remaining on Wilson-Frame's 3. That was as close as the Panthers got.

Alvarado, a 6-foot point guard who didn't leave the game, even took some turns playing offense in the post. He went to the rim on a half court layup to beat 6-foot-10 Terrell Brown and make it 64-59 on one of the game's biggest possessions.

Banks was quickly whistled to become the second Georgia Tech player to foul out, but the Jackets avoided another big threat.

''I pulled out the muscles,'' Alvarado said. ''It was a tough layup, and I'm glad I made it.''

BIG PICTURE

Pittsburgh: Johnson has 448 points, the most by a freshman in school history. He surpassed Charles Smith, who scored 435 points in 1985. ... If there's anything positive about the season, Johnson is one of five first-year players, including Trey McGowens and Au'Diese Toney, to account for nearly 60 percent of the offense. McGowens and Toney are freshmen. McGowens fouled out with 3:15 remaining, getting whistled the final time for an attempted trip of a Tech player.

Georgia Tech: After using 11 different starting lineups, the Jackets have gone two straight games with the same starting five - Alvarado, Michael Devoe, Banks, Kristian Sjolund and Moses Wright. It was kind of a risky move for coach Josh Pastner given that his team was coming off a 27.1 shooting performance, its worst of the season, against Florida State. ... Curtis Haywood went 2 for 4 beyond the arc, which might not sound impressive, but he had missed 30 of his last 32 coming into the game. ... the Jackets made nine out of 10 free throw attempts in the final 1:41, including a 6-for-6 effort from Alvarado.

UP NEXT

Pittsburgh: Hosts Clemson next Wednesday.

Georgia Tech: At Miami on Saturday.

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Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Georgia Tech  
19:31   Moses Wright missed fade-away jump shot  
19:29   Defensive rebound by Trey McGowens  
18:59   Au'Diese Toney missed layup, blocked by Moses Wright  
18:57   Offensive rebound by Kene Chukwuka  
18:44   Kene Chukwuka missed layup  
18:42   Defensive rebound by Moses Wright  
18:25   Shot clock violation turnover on Georgia Tech  
18:11   Au'Diese Toney missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:09   Defensive rebound by James Banks III  
17:47   Moses Wright missed floating jump shot  
17:45   Offensive rebound by Moses Wright  
17:44   Shooting foul on Sidy N'Dir  
17:44 +1 Moses Wright made 1st of 2 free throws 0-1
17:44   Moses Wright missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
17:44   Defensive rebound by Au'Diese Toney  
17:26   Shooting foul on Michael Devoe  
17:26 +1 Xavier Johnson made 1st of 2 free throws 1-1
17:26 +1 Xavier Johnson made 2nd of 2 free throws 2-1
17:08 +2 Jose Alvarado made floating jump shot 2-3
16:55   Bad pass turnover on Xavier Johnson  
16:48   Michael Devoe missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:46   Offensive rebound by Moses Wright  
16:45 +3 Kristian Sjolund made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Moses Wright 2-6
16:34   Sidy N'Dir missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:32   Defensive rebound by Michael Devoe  
16:13   Moses Wright missed jump shot  
16:11   Defensive rebound by Xavier Johnson  
16:04   Xavier Johnson missed layup  
16:04   Offensive rebound by Trey McGowens  
16:04   Flagrant foul on Trey McGowens  
16:04   Turnover on Trey McGowens  
16:04 +1 Kristian Sjolund made 1st of 2 free throws 2-7
16:04 +1 Kristian Sjolund made 1st of 2 free throws 2-7
16:04 +1 Kristian Sjolund made 2nd of 2 free throws 2-8
15:35   Jose Alvarado missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:33   Defensive rebound by Trey McGowens  
15:29   Trey McGowens missed layup, blocked by Jose Alvarado  
15:27   Offensive rebound by Pittsburgh  
15:14 +2 Kene Chukwuka made layup, assist by Xavier Johnson 4-8
14:53   Michael Devoe missed jump shot  
14:51   Offensive rebound by Jose Alvarado  
14:42   Kristian Sjolund missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:40   Defensive rebound by Jared Wilson-Frame  
14:25   Khameron Davis missed layup  
14:23   Offensive rebound by Kene Chukwuka  
14:07   Sidy N'Dir missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:05   Defensive rebound by James Banks III  
13:56   Lost ball turnover on Kristian Sjolund, stolen by Sidy N'Dir  
13:54 +3 Jared Wilson-Frame made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Sidy N'Dir 7-8
13:47   Personal foul on Kene Chukwuka  
13:34   Kristian Sjolund missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:32   Defensive rebound by Trey McGowens  
13:23   Xavier Johnson missed layup  
13:21   Defensive rebound by James Banks III  
13:16   Personal foul on Xavier Johnson  
13:01 +2 James Banks III made jump shot 7-10
12:32   Shooting foul on Michael Devoe  
12:32   Xavier Johnson missed 1st of 2 free throws  
12:32   Xavier Johnson missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
12:32   Defensive rebound by James Banks III  
12:05 +3 Jose Alvarado made 3-pt. jump shot 7-13
11:40   Malik Ellison missed dunk, blocked by Abdoulaye Gueye  
11:38   Offensive rebound by Jared Wilson-Frame  
11:33   Xavier Johnson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:31   Defensive rebound by James Banks III  
11:07 +2 Abdoulaye Gueye made jump shot 7-15
10:47   Terrell Brown missed hook shot  
10:45   Defensive rebound by Jose Alvarado  
10:22   Moses Wright missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:20   Offensive rebound by Jose Alvarado  
10:15 +3 Jose Alvarado made 3-pt. jump shot 7-18
9:52   Sidy N'Dir missed layup  
9:50   Defensive rebound by Georgia Tech  
9:32   Moses Wright missed hook shot  
9:32   Defensive rebound by Pittsburgh  
9:32   Personal foul on Abdoulaye Gueye  
9:14   Personal foul on Jose Alvarado  
9:03   Au'Diese Toney missed layup, blocked by James Banks III  
9:01   Defensive rebound by Jose Alvarado  
8:52 +2 Abdoulaye Gueye made layup, assist by Jose Alvarado 7-20
8:36   Shooting foul on James Banks III  
8:36   Sidy N'Dir missed 1st of 2 free throws  
8:36   Sidy N'Dir missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
8:36   Defensive rebound by Abdoulaye Gueye  
8:17 +2 Curtis Haywood II made layup, assist by Abdoulaye Gueye 7-22
8:03   Lost ball turnover on Au'Diese Toney, stolen by Jose Alvarado  
7:57 +2 Moses Wright made layup, assist by Jose Alvarado 7-24
7:54   Commercial timeout called  
7:54   Unsportsmanlike technical foul on Abdoulaye Gueye  
7:54   Unsportsmanlike technical foul on Kene Chukwuka  
7:54 +1 Kristian Sjolund made 1st of 2 free throws 7-25
7:54   Kristian Sjolund missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
7:54   Defensive rebound by Pittsburgh  
7:54 +1 Jared Wilson-Frame made 1st of 2 free throws 8-25
7:54 +1 Jared Wilson-Frame made 2nd of 2 free throws 9-25
7:39   Lost ball turnover on Xavier Johnson, stolen by Curtis Haywood II  
7:37   Lost ball turnover on Curtis Haywood II, stolen by Xavier Johnson  
7:31   Jumpball received by Pittsburgh  
7:16   Trey McGowens missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:14   Defensive rebound by Moses Wright  
6:59   Curtis Haywood II missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:57   Defensive rebound by Au'Diese Toney  
6:52 +2 Jared Wilson-Frame made layup, assist by Xavier Johnson 11-25
6:30 +2 Jose Alvarado made layup 11-27
6:19   Personal foul on Curtis Haywood II  
6:19 +1 Xavier Johnson made 1st of 2 free throws 12-27
6:19 +1 Xavier Johnson made 2nd of 2 free throws 13-27
5:58   Moses Wright missed layup, blocked by Terrell Brown  
5:56   Defensive rebound by Au'Diese Toney  
5:37   Au'Diese Toney missed layup, blocked by James Banks III  
5:37   Offensive rebound by Au'Diese Toney  
5:37   Shooting foul on Kristian Sjolund  
5:37   Au'Diese Toney missed 1st of 2 free throws  
5:37   Au'Diese Toney missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
5:37   Au'Diese Toney missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
5:37   Defensive rebound by James Banks III  
5:07   Jose Alvarado missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:04   Defensive rebound by Trey McGowens  
5:04   Personal foul on Michael Devoe  
5:04 +1 Trey McGowens made 1st of 2 free throws 14-27
5:04 +1 Trey McGowens made 2nd of 2 free throws 15-27
4:54   Bad pass turnover on Curtis Haywood II, stolen by Xavier Johnson  
4:51 +2 Xavier Johnson made layup 17-27
4:27 +3 Kristian Sjolund made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jose Alvarado 17-30
4:07   Malik Ellison missed jump shot  
4:05   Defensive rebound by Abdoulaye Gueye  
3:42   Moses Wright missed layup  
3:40   Offensive rebound by Moses Wright  
3:39   Traveling violation turnover on Moses Wright  
3:21 +3 Xavier Johnson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Sidy N'Dir 20-30
2:46   James Banks III missed hook shot  
2:44   Defensive rebound by Terrell Brown  
2:38   Personal foul on Khalid Moore  
2:38 +1 Xavier Johnson made 1st of 2 free throws 21-30
2:38   Xavier Johnson missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
2:38   Offensive rebound by Xavier Johnson  
2:34   Terrell Brown missed layup, blocked by James Banks III  
2:32   Offensive rebound by Pittsburgh  
2:30 +2 Terrell Brown made jump shot, assist by Xavier Johnson 23-30
2:16   Bad pass turnover on Khalid Moore  
1:54 +2 Xavier Johnson made jump shot, assist by Sidy N'Dir 25-30
1:20 +2 Khalid Moore made fade-away jump shot 25-32
50.0 +2 Malik Ellison made layup 27-32
38.0 +2 Jose Alvarado made layup, assist by James Banks III 27-34
32.0   Bad pass turnover on Terrell Brown, stolen by Jose Alvarado  
1.0   James Banks III missed layup  
0.0   Offensive rebound by Georgia Tech  

Time Team Play Score
19:43   Bad pass turnover on Kristian Sjolund, stolen by Au'Diese Toney  
19:36   Trey McGowens missed dunk  
19:34   Defensive rebound by Moses Wright  
19:19   Kristian Sjolund missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19:17   Defensive rebound by Pittsburgh  
19:17   Personal foul on Moses Wright  
19:03   Jared Wilson-Frame missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19:03   Offensive rebound by Au'Diese Toney  
19:03   Shooting foul on Jose Alvarado  
19:03   Au'Diese Toney missed 1st of 2 free throws  
19:03   Au'Diese Toney missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
19:03   Defensive rebound by Michael Devoe  
18:49   Personal foul on Trey McGowens  
18:33 +2 Jose Alvarado made layup, assist by Michael Devoe 27-36
18:28   Personal foul on Moses Wright  
18:25 +2 Au'Diese Toney made layup, assist by Xavier Johnson 29-36
18:12   Traveling violation turnover on Michael Devoe  
18:02   Traveling violation turnover on Xavier Johnson  
17:44   Moses Wright missed hook shot  
17:42   Defensive rebound by Jared Wilson-Frame  
17:36   Xavier Johnson missed layup  
17:34   Offensive rebound by Au'Diese Toney  
17:34   Au'Diese Toney missed layup, blocked by James Banks III  
17:32   Offensive rebound by Pittsburgh  
17:20   Bad pass turnover on Trey McGowens  
17:03 +3 Michael Devoe made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Moses Wright 29-39
16:38 +3 Jared Wilson-Frame made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Sidy N'Dir 32-39
16:15   Personal foul on Khameron Davis  
16:12   Personal foul on Kene Chukwuka  
16:09   Kristian Sjolund missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:07   Defensive rebound by Terrell Brown  
15:58   Jared Wilson-Frame missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:56   Offensive rebound by Terrell Brown  
15:54   Shooting foul on James Banks III  
15:56   Terrell Brown missed 1st of 2 free throws  
15:56 +1 Terrell Brown made 2nd of 2 free throws 33-39
15:42   Abdoulaye Gueye missed hook shot  
15:42   Defensive rebound by Pittsburgh  
15:42   Personal foul on Abdoulaye Gueye  
15:18   Terrell Brown missed jump shot  
15:16   Defensive rebound by Michael Devoe  
15:06   Bad pass turnover on Abdoulaye Gueye, stolen by Xavier Johnson  
14:55   Shooting foul on Kristian Sjolund  
14:55 +1 Khameron Davis made 1st of 2 free throws 34-39
14:55   Khameron Davis missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
14:55   Defensive rebound by Curtis Haywood II  
14:31   Kristian Sjolund missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:29   Defensive rebound by Au'Diese Toney  
14:12   Xavier Johnson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:10   Defensive rebound by James Banks III  
13:46 +3 Curtis Haywood II made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Michael Devoe 34-42
13:32   Khameron Davis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:30   Defensive rebound by Michael Devoe  
13:23   Jose Alvarado missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:21   Defensive rebound by Malik Ellison  
13:05 +3 Jared Wilson-Frame made 3-pt. jump shot 37-42
12:48   Curtis Haywood II missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:46   Defensive rebound by Trey McGowens  
12:41 +3 Jared Wilson-Frame made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Trey McGowens 40-42
12:17   Jose Alvarado missed layup  
12:15   Offensive rebound by Moses Wright  
12:07 +2 Moses Wright made layup 40-44
12:00   Shooting foul on Curtis Haywood II  
12:00   Malik Ellison missed 1st of 2 free throws  
12:00 +1 Malik Ellison made 2nd of 2 free throws 41-44
11:38 +2 Jose Alvarado made layup, assist by Curtis Haywood II 41-46
11:24   Jared Wilson-Frame missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:22   Defensive rebound by James Banks III  
11:21   Personal foul on Trey McGowens  
11:02 +3 Curtis Haywood II made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jose Alvarado 41-49
10:41   Shooting foul on Michael Devoe  
10:41   Trey McGowens missed 1st of 3 free throws  
10:41 +1 Trey McGowens made 2nd of 3 free throws 42-49
10:41 +1 Trey McGowens made 3rd of 3 free throws 43-49
10:20   Personal foul on Jared Wilson-Frame  
10:03 +2 Jose Alvarado made layup, assist by James Banks III 43-51
9:41   Xavier Johnson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:39   Offensive rebound by Malik Ellison  
9:37 +2 Malik Ellison made layup 45-51
9:37   Shooting foul on James Banks III  
9:37 +1 Malik Ellison made free throw 46-51
9:29   Lost ball turnover on Michael Devoe, stolen by Trey McGowens  
9:23 +2 Trey McGowens made dunk 48-51
9:04   Lost ball turnover on Moses Wright, stolen by Malik Ellison  
8:35   Malik Ellison missed layup, blocked by Abdoulaye Gueye  
8:33   Defensive rebound by James Banks III  
8:21   Personal foul on Xavier Johnson  
8:20   Personal foul on Trey McGowens  
8:20 +1 Abdoulaye Gueye made 1st of 2 free throws 48-52
8:20   Abdoulaye Gueye missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
8:20   Defensive rebound by Malik Ellison  
7:57 +3 Jared Wilson-Frame made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Khameron Davis 51-52
7:23   Bad pass turnover on Kristian Sjolund, stolen by Xavier Johnson  
7:02   Lost ball turnover on Malik Ellison, stolen by Curtis Haywood II  
7:02   Personal foul on Malik Ellison  
7:02 +1 Jose Alvarado made 1st of 2 free throws 51-53
7:02 +1 Jose Alvarado made 2nd of 2 free throws 51-54
6:36   Shooting foul on James Banks III  
6:35   Xavier Johnson missed 1st of 2 free throws  
6:35   Xavier Johnson missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
6:35   Defensive rebound by Michael Devoe  
6:08 +2 Abdoulaye Gueye made hook shot 51-56
5:47   Terrell Brown missed jump shot  
5:45   Defensive rebound by James Banks III  
5:28