Ten days ago, Clemson was ranked #12 in the country. Since then the Tigers have suffered a 35 point homecourt loss to Virginia, and Wednesday night they fell at Georgia Tech 83-65, The Tigers committed 20 turnover that Tech converted into 30 points. Tech had 11 steals and scored 19 fastbreak points.
Plus, the Yellow Jackets were dead-eye from downtown hitting 16-26 from three. And this from a team that hadn’t played a game since January 3rd due to Covid issues, though they have been practicing.
Clemson’s last lead was 23-21 with 8:30 to play in the first half. Tech went on an 11-2 run to take a 7 point lead, and would lead by 9 at halftime. The Yellow Jackets scored the first 9 points of the second half, all off Clemson turnovers, to push the lead to 53-35. The Tigers could get no closer than 12 points the rest of the way.
Aamir Simms led Clemson in scoring with 19 points. Clyde Trapp added 14. The Tigers had a good shooting night at 52%, and they hit 9-18 from three. But the turnovers and the inability to defend the Tech shooters doomed their chances. Tech had three players score at least 21 points, and the Yellow Jackets shot 57% for the game. Clemson’s previous opponent, Virginia, shot 61%.
The Tigers fall to 9-3 overall and 3-3 in the ACC. They play at Florida State Saturday.