Tigers squash Yellow Jackets

CLEMSON - Brad Brownell doesn't consier himself a stat guy, but he may have been converted after Wednesday night's hot shooting at Littlejohn Coliseum.

BOX SCORE: Clemson 87 Georgia Tech 62

The 87-62 drubbing of rival Georgia Tech, which had originally been scheduled for Tuesday night, saw a 53-point second half, during which the Tigers hit all nine attempts from behind the 3-point line, and shot 85 percet from the feld.

Clemson finished 11-of-14 (79 percent) from behind the arc and 27-of-39 from the field. The 69 percent clip from the field set a school record against an ACC opponent.

"I'm sure our staff is fighting over who was the shooting coach tonight," Brownell said. "In the second half, we just played really well. Things look even better when you shoot the ball in."

He credited the second half performance to momentum that was created by made shots.

"I think kids watch other guys make a shot or two, and the basket looks bigger," Brownell said. "You make one—all of a sudden the basket looks bigger to you. Your buddy makes—it looks like you can make one."

It was a highlight reel worthy tip back from Bryan Narcisse that lit the fuse on the second half explosion. His reverse layup tip back of Tanner Smith's desperation 3-point air ball gave Clemson a 34-33 halftime lead.

"That's an incredible play," Brownell said. "I told him that's one of the greatest plays I've ever seen…I don't know if that's a top 10 highlight, but I can't image there's 10 other ones that are better tonight."

Wednesday night's win extended the Clemson winning streak to eight, improving the Tigers' record to 13-4 (2-1 ACC). Georgia Tech dropped to 7-8 (0-2 ACC).

"I think we're starting to grow into a really good team," said Demontez Stitt, who was one of five starters to score in double-figures. "I think we've got a chance to be one of the better teams in this conference."

Jerai Grant had a game-high 20 points, to go along with eight rebounds.

"Jerai did a great job in the first half of establishing inside game for us. We went inside a lot more, early," Brownell said. "We got a little more perimeter looks in the second half, and knocked those down."

Stitt and Smith each scored 16.

Devin Booker and Andre Young had 12 and 11, respectively.

Young, Smith and Stitt combined to go 9-of-12 from downtown.

"For a team that everyone says that we're not a 3-point shooting team, going 9-for-9 [in the second half] is something that we're proud of," said Stitt, who also handed out seven assists. "At the same time, we know we're capable of knocking down shots."

The 20 turnovers may have been the only black eye on what was a near flawless performance.

"When you play at a fast pace, you're going to have turnovers," he said. "We're going to have to cut that down against good teams. They're going to make us pay. From here on out, we're just going to have to take care of the ball."

Clemson is off until next Tuesday's trip to Chapel Hill, where the Tigers have never won.

"We don't want a bye week. I don't know if we can change it with the conference office," Brownell said. "When you're playing well, you want to keep playing."

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