Midway thru the second half on Senior Day, Clemson looked like it was headed to a fourth straight loss and to further damage to its NCAA Tournament seeding. But the Tigers broke out of their doldrums with a 28-9 run over the game’s final 10:28 to defeat Georgia Tech for the 12th straight time at Littlejohn Coliseum 75-67.
Senior Gabe DeVoe led the Tigers with 25 points giving him 50 points in the two wins over Tech in the regular season. DeVoe hit four three-pointers, including a dagger with :48 to play, and also grabbed six rebounds. Shelton Mitchell, returning from a concussion that sidelined him the last two games, added 14 points. Isaiah Thomas and Marcquise Reed had 13 each.
Josh Okogie led Tech with 22 but his foul trouble corresponded with Clemson’s rally. He went out with his fourth foul with 11:43 to play and his team up 53-46. He would not score again after returning four minutes later. The lead reached 11 at 58-47 before the Tigers turned the game in their favor mostly by toughening up the defense and hitting free throws.
The Tigers forced five turnovers over the final 9:21 and scored 17 points from the foul line during their run. They finished 24-30 at the line compared to Tech’s 10-12.
The Tigers improved to 21-7 overall and 10-6 in the ACC. Tech dropped its 7th straight game and is 11-18, 4-12. Clemson plays its home finale Wednesday night at 9:00 PM against Florida State.
Brad Brownell post-game press conference
Gabe DeVoe talks about getting off to a hot start shooting