Tigers Fall on Senior Day

The lights went out in Littlejohn Coliseum Saturday afternoon- literally. After waiting through a 27-minute power outage in the first half, the Tigers fell victim to 18th ranked Georgia Tech, 79-60. Sharrod Ford led the Tigers with 20 points and a career-high 16 rebounds.

Ford shot 6-13 from the field, 8-10 from the line and had 10 offensive rebounds among his 16 total rebounds. He also added four blocked shots in his 37 minutes of play.

Marvin Lewis led the Yellow Jackets with 18 points to help lead 18th ranked Georgia Tech to its first 20-win season since 1995-96.

Meanwhile, the Tigers clinched last place in the conference with one game remaining on the schedule next week against North Carolina.

Clemson started out slowly, trailing 9-0 early in the first half before a power outage stopped play for well over 25 minutes.

Once play resumed, the Tigers went on a quick 8-0 run to get right back in it. Unfortunately, the momentum wouldn't last.

Tech would take a 27-19 lead into halftime before opening up the second half on fire.

Tech moved the lead to 16 points with a 11-6 run to open the second half. But, Clemson cut the margin to 47-40 with 10:09 left on a three-point goal by Shawan Robinson, Clemson's top three-point shooter for the season. But Tech came back with 12-3 run to move the advantage back to 16 with 7:13 left.

Led by B.J. Elder, the Yellow Jackets shot 58.3 percent from the field in the second half en route to an easy 79-60 win.

Senior Beau Shay drew one of the loudest cheers of the day after hitting a 17-foot jumper with time winding down in the secondary. Shay is a seldom used guard that has been a walk-on during his four year career.

Clemson closed out the regular season home portion of its schedule with a 10-6 record at home for 2003-04, Oliver Purnell's first season at Clemson. The Tigers did defeated four top 50 RPI teams at home this season, including North Carolina, NC State and Boston College, all teams currently ranked in the top 25.

Georgia Tech (20-8): Lewis 7-14 0-0 18, McHenry 1-1 4-5 6, Schenscher 3-3 5-6 11, Elder 5-11 5-6 17, Jack 2-5 7-7 11, Muhammad 3-8 0-0 6, West 0-0 0-0 0, Nystrom 0-0 0-0 0, Bynum 2-4 3-4 7, Brooks 0-0 0-0 0, Moore 1-5 0-0 3, Tarver 0-0 0-0 0, Nelson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-51 24-28 79.

Clemson (10-16): Babalola 4-8 0-0 10, Hobbs 2-5 0-0 4, Ford 6-13 8-10 20, Shay 1-1 0-0 2, Robinson 1-7 0-0 3, Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Rice 0-1 0-0 0, Hamilton 3-7 2-4 10, Christie 2-9 3-3 9, Hudson 0-2 0-0 0, Akingbala 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 20-55 13-17 60.

Halftime — Georgia Tech 27-19. 3-Point goals — Georgia Tech 7-19 (Lewis 4-9, Elder 2-6, Moore 1-3, Bynum 0-1), Clemson 7-19 (Hamilton 2-2, Babalola 2-5, Christie 2-5, Robinson 1-6, Hudson 0-1). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — Georgia Tech 33 (Jack 8), Clemson 33 (Ford 16). Assists — Georgia Tech 15 (Jack 9), Clemson 13 (Hudson 3). Total fouls — Georgia Tech 15, Clemson 20. Technical — Akingbala. A — 9,200.

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