March 9, 2016
– Georgia Tech (19-13) moved on to Thursday’s 7 p.m. New York Life ACC Tournament quarterfinal game against second-seeded Virginia (24-6). The Yellow Jackets upset the nationally fourth-ranked Cavaliers by a 68-64 score in Atlanta on Jan. 9.
Georgia Tech is now 26-33 in the ACC Tournament and to 3-1 in tournament games at the Verizon Center. The Yellow Jackets reached the finals here in 2005 before losing to Duke.
Clemson slipped to 18-63 in the ACC Tournament and to -1-2 in tournament games played at the Verizon Center. The Tigers defeated Maryland in the opening round here in 2005 and lost to North Carolina in the quarterfinal round.
Georgia Tech improved to 3-4 all-time in ACC Tournament overtime games, while Clemson slipped to 1-7. Clemson is now 3-2 versus Georgia Tech in the ACC Tournament. The Yellow Jackets hold a 2-1 edge in meetings between the teams this season after they split a pair of regular-season games.
The Yellow Jackets overcame an 18-point deficit in the game’s final 9:25 to force overtime, marking the largest ACC Tournament comeback since North Carolina overcame a 19-point deficit with 9:51 to play to defeat Miami at the buzzer in regulation in 2011.
This was Georgia Tech’s largest comeback since erasing a 20-point deficit at home against Wisconsin on 11/28/2001, and winning 62-61 in regulation.
The No. 7 seed is now 9-3 versus the No. 10 seed in ACC Tournament games.
Each of Georgia Tech’s last seven games has been decided by six points or fewer (with the Yellow Jackets winning six).
Senior Marcus Georges-Hunt scored 28 points for the Yellow Jackets, marking his 12th game this season with 20 points or more. Georges-Hunt moved up to 11th on Georgia Tech’s all-time scoring list with 1,670 career points.
Georges-Hunt went 15-of-16 from the foul line, tying for the third-most made free throws in an ACC Tournament game and falling just two short of the record of 17 (on 21 attempts) set by North Carolina’s Charles Scott versus Virginia in the 1970 quarterfinals.
Georgia Tech’s Adam Smith went 4-of-7 from 3-point range en route to 23 points. Smith has now connected on 97 shots from 3-point range this season, the fifth-highest single game total in Georgia Tech history.
The Yellow Jackets’ Charles Mitchell grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds. The senior center has 42 career double-digit rebounding games, third among active ACC players. Mitchell keyed the Yellow Jackets to a Clemson went 10-of-29 from 3-point range. It marked the seventh game this season in which the Tigers have connected on 10-or-more shots from beyond the arc.
Jaron Blossomgame led the Tigers with 22 points, his 16 game with 20-or-more points this season. Five of those efforts have come in Clemson’s last six games.
The Tigers’ Avry Holmes posted his 16th double-figure scoring game of the season with 19 points. Eleven of the Tigers’ last 12 games in the ACC Tournament have been decided by five points or less.