Clemson shot the basketball at a historic level Wednesday night in defeating Georgia Tech 87-62 at Littlejohn Coliseum for the Tigers’ 8th straight win.
The Tigers shot 69.2% for the game, their best ever in an ACC game and their fourth best shooting night of all time. They were 22 of 26 from the floor in the second half (84.6%) and 9 for 9 from three point range in the second half. For the game the Tigers made 11-14 threes. Their second half shooting percentage is believed to be a school record for a half.
Clemson also made 22 of 26 free throws. So for the night, Clemson missed a total of just 16 shots. The hot shooting helped Clemson offset 20 turnovers. Tech turned it over 18 times. Clemson won despite taking just 39 shots to Tech’s 62.
Jerai Grant led the Tigers in scoring with a career high 20 points. Five Tigers scored in double figures. Demontez Stitt and Tanner Smith had 16 points each. Grant and Devin Booker eached grabbed 8 rebounds.
Clemson led by just one at halftime, 34-33, but the Tigers gradually pulled away in the second half and led by 11 at 59-48 with 10 minutes to play. They finished with a 28-14 run for their sixth straight win over Tech at Littlejohn Coliseum. It’s Clemson’s biggest margin of victory against Tech since a 92-64 victory in 1999.
Clemson improves to 13-4 overall and 2-1 in the ACC. The Tigers play next on Tuesday night at North Carolina where they will attempt, again, to win for the first time.
Georgia Tech falls to 7-8 and 0-2 and will host North Carolina this Sunday.