24th ranked Clemson led wire to wire Tuesday night in a 72-51 win over Georgia Tech at Littlejohn Coliseum to complete the season sweep of the Yellow Jackets. The win allows the Tigers to keep their grip on first place in the ACC with a 9-1 league mark. They are 17-4 overall. Georgia Tech suffered their 6th straight loss and their 8th in their last nine games. Tech is 8-12 and 1-9 in the ACC.
The Tigers set the tone early hitting three straight threes to open the game and scoring the game’s first 12 points in the first three minutes. Hunter Tyson nailed the first deep ball and Brevin Galloway followed with a pair and a free throw.
Tech got to within three with 6:08 in the half, but Clemson spurted again to lead at the half 37-28. The Tigers shot 50% in the first half with Galloway leading the way with 12 points.
Clemson maintained a double-digit lead for all but 40 seconds of the second half. Tech cut the gap to nine with 18:03 to play, but a 12-6 run by the Tigers put them up by 15 points with 13:19 to play, and their lead never dropped below 11 points the rest of the way. The final margin of 21 points was their biggest lead of the night.
Clemson shot 53% for the game, including nine three-pointers, and went 9-11 from the foul line. PJ Hall led the scoring with 17 points. He also grabbed seven rebounds. Galloway, who hit three three-pointers on the night, finished with 14 points. Hunter Tyson added 12 points and a team high eight rebounds. And Chauncey Wiggins scored a career high 12 points off the bench and knocked down a pair of threes.
Tech managed to shoot just 39% including 4-23 from deep. At one point late in the first half and carrying into the second half, the Yellow Jackets missed 13 straight three-point attempts.
The 51 points scored by Georgia Tech is a season low for the Yellow Jackets. In their last two games, the Tigers have allowed 50 and 51 points.