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Clemson Shoots Its Way To Victory Over Georgia Tech

Three Point Shooting Propelled Clemson To a ... Win

NCAA Basketball: Clemson at Georgia Tech Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia Tech looked like they might run away with this game early. The only thing keeping Clemson in this game was their three point shooting, largely by Gabe Devoe. These weren’t easy threes. They were hitting some loooong ones. Clemson ended the game hitting 47.6% from three. Tech was getting great scoring by running their offense through the low post and Abdoulaye Gueye. At the end of the first half things started to go downhill. Tech’s offense stalled and the Tigers started to get some traction inside and were able to finish the half only down 2. Things to continued to fall apart for the Yellow Jackets in the second half. It took them more than four minutes just to score their first point. Clemson continued to stretch and hold a solid lead into the waning minutes of the game.

With three minutes left in the game, Tech was just holding on. They were down and they looked like they weren’t going to have the firepower to catch up. Then Josh Okogie took over. He scored points driving, he scored points from three, and he scored points from the free throw line. His final two free throws tied the game at 70 with just 40 seconds left. But Clemson came right back with a clutch layup by Marcquise Reed with 24 seconds remaining. Okogie drove wildly and barely got up a shot that Ben Lammers swatted out of bounds on the rebound with under 5 seconds left. Tech fouled and Clemson missed the front end of the 1 and 1, but with 3.6 seconds left Tech wasn’t able to get a shot off.

This was a frustrating loss in many ways and now Tech has to get ready to get up again against the always tough Syracuse zone on Wednesday.