CLEMSON, S.C. — Georgia Tech led by eight points with four minutes left to play, but a feisty Clemson team rebounded to claim a 62-61 win Sunday afternoon in Littlejohn Coliseum.
How It Happened
Georgia Tech shook off a slow start against Clemson, clawing their way back from a 6-point deficit in the first quarter to lead 12-8 at the first intermission. Tech outscored Clemson in the second quarter 21-11 to climb its way in front and started the quarter with a 17-4 run to take its largest lead of the game at 25-16 following a Cha’Ron Sweeney triple with 2:56 left in the half. Sweeney would score another four points for the Jackets in the frame as Tech held a 29-23 lead at halftime.
Clemson opened the third quarter with an 18-4 run, fueled by a 14-0 spurt, to regain control and lead 41-33. The Jackets would span the end of the third quarter and fourth quarter with an 18-5 run to take a 51-46 lead back as the Jackets would lead by eight following Vuckovic’s second triple of the game at 4:07. Clemson used the final four minutes to limit the Jackets to two field goals, while going 3-of-5 from the field and 7-of-8 from the charity stripe. The Tigers outscored the Jackets 13-4 in the final four minutes to take the win.
* Tech dropped to 13-8 overall and 2-6 in ACC play with the loss
* The loss snapped a five-game win streak over the Tigers and marked the first win for Clemson over Tech on its home floor since 2006
* Clemson outrebounded Tech 39-21, including a 17-10 edge on offensive boards
* Zaire O’Neil led the Jackets with 19 points, followed by Katarina Vuckovic and Imani Tilford each with 10 points
* Aliyah Collier posted a double-double to lead the Tigers with 21 points and 12 rebounds
Georgia Tech closes out this stretch of games at Virginia on Thursday, Feb. 2. Tip in Charlottesville is set for 7 p.m. on RSN.