In a game that started out looking like another low scoring slugfest in ACC play, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (12-14, 3-11) found their stride in the second half and took care of the Clemson Tigers (15-11, 7-7) 63-52 on Monday night at McCamish Pavilion.
After Clemson came back to tie the game at 32 in the second half, the Yellow Jackets went on a 14-0 run that proved to be more than enough to capture their third conference win on the year. The Tigers managed to get it to single digits a few times but never came closer than nine after the Tech run.
The first half began like many we've seen this year - 10 total points in the first eight minutes between the two teams. Luckily for the Jackets, eight of them were from the home side. Tech used that early lead and never trailed in the entire contest due to solid defense and a nice margin on the boards once again.
Despite Charles Mitchell only playing 12 minutes because of foul trouble, the Jackets once again dominated the glass and outrebounded Clemson by nine. Nine of those came from the reliable Demarco Cox while 10 came from Robert Sampson.
Josh Heath led the Jackets in scoring with 14 points on 5-6 shooting off of the bench. Six of those points came in the final few minutes and helped secure the comfortable lead. Demarco Cox added 12 points, while Marcus Georges-Hunt had 11 to cap off the Jackets in double figures.
The Jackets will be back in action on Saturday when they travel to Chapel Hill to take on the 15th ranked North Carolina Tar Heels at 12:00 PM ET. It will be the first of three games against ranked teams to finish out the last four games of the regular season.