Clemson saw most of a 17 point second half lead vanish, but the Tigers’ Andre Young capped a career day with three free throws in the final seconds and the Tigers held on for a 64-62 ACC win over Georgia Tech Saturday afternoon at Littlejohn Coliseum. The Tigers broke their three game losing streak and improved to 10-9 overall, 2-3 in the ACC. Georgia Tech dropped its third straight game and has lost seven of its last eight to fall to 8-11 and 1-4 in the ACC.
Young scored a career high 29 points, including a career high 7 three pointers. His 29 points are the most by a Tiger this season. Young came into the game with just six three pointers in ACC competition this season. Tanner Smith was the only other Tiger to make a three pointer in the game.
AUDIO: Andre Young interview
Clemson used a 21-9 run to finish the first half after a 23 minute delay for a power outage. The Tigers were leading 13-10 when the lights went out. Young sparked the run to the locker room scoring 15 straight points. He hit four three points and finished the half with 18 points.
Tech continually hurt itself in the first half with turnovers and had 17 at the break. The Yellow Jackets had nearly as many turnovers as field goal attempts, 18, in the first half.
The Yellow Jackets made a brief run at the Tigers to start the second half and got to within eight on two different ocassions. But the Tigers weathered the storm and eventually built the lead back to 16 points.
Tech’s Glenn Rice Jr. brought his team back scoring 15 straight points as the Yellow Jackets pulled to within 61-56 with :34 to play. After a Young free throw put Clemson up by six, Jason Morris nailed a three to make it 62-59 with :27 left.
Young hit a pair of three throws for a 64-59 Clemson lead. Mfon Udofia canned a three for Tech with just over a second left cutting the lead to 64-62. The Tigers quickly inbounded the ball to Young who dribbled out the clock.
Young was the only Tiger in double figures. Milton Jennings and Devin Booker had 9 points each. Rice led Tech with 19 points.
AUDIO: Brad Brownell post game press conference
AUDIO: Tanner Smith interview
AUDIO: Brian Gregory post game news conference