BOX SCORE: Clemson 65 Georgia Tech 56
The Tigers snapped the conference road winless streak at four games. With the win, Clemson improved to 16-7 (5-4 ACC). Georgia Tech dropped to 10-12 (3-6 ACC).
"I'm glad that we finally got this next thing done," said head coach Brad Brownell. "We needed to do that. We needed to prove that we were good enough to do this."
But yet again, it was another sluggish start on the road. Ten minutes in and it had all the makings of the previous four ACC road contests.
Georgia Tech used a 13-0 run to build a 17-5 lead with 10:02 left in the first half. Clemson also committed 10 turnovers during that span.
The Tigers' three-minute scoring drought ended whenAndre Young knocked down a 3-pointer.
After allowing a bucket on the ensuing possession, the Tigers went on to use a 22-0 run to build a 30-19 lead with less than three minutes remaining in the opening period.
After taking the lead, Clemson didn't trail the rest of the game.
"That's what happens when you play ‘d'. When you play ‘d' and don't let the other team score, it's hard for them to get into a rhythm" said Demontez Stitt, who finished with 16 points and five assists. "It's easier for us, when you get stops, it's easier for us to get out in transition. It's easier for us to run. Andre Young was a big spark in the first half."
Young, who has knocked down a shot from downtown in every game this season, hit 4-of-6 from behind the arc and scored 14 points.
"I've learned where to get my shot off and where to pick my shots," Young said. "We ran a couple of plays for me to get open. I got open and managed to knock down a couple of shots."
As a team, Clemson shot well from the field. The Tigers shot 57 percent from the field and 50 percent from behind the 3-point line.
Brownell noted shot selection as a critical factor in picking up the win.
"The times when we did handle their pressure, I thought we did some good things, in terms of getting it to good places and to people in the right positions," he said.
Jerai Grant scored a game-high 20 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field and an 8-of-8 performance from the free-throw line.
"We tried to attack them inside, a lot," he said. "It was just different things. Coach really put emphasis on the point for me not to just stay in the post, but to move around a little bit, try to get open. At the same time, my time did a great job of finding me."
Clemson is back in action at Littlejohn Coliseum twice next week. Up first is a Tuesday night meeting with Boston College. North Carolina comes to town on Saturday at 1 p.m.
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