For the second straight game Clemson saw a victory in regulation slip away at the buzzer, but unlike last Saturday’s loss to Pittsburgh, the Tigers responded in overtime this time to take a 69-65 win over Georgia Tech in day two of the ACC Tournament in Greensboro.
The win propels the 6th seeded Tigers into Friday night’s 9:00 PM quarterfinal round game against Duke whom the Tigers defeated at home in January. It’s also Clemson’s 20th win of the season, their first win in the ACC Tournament since 2011 and their 10th straight win over Tech.
The Tigers trailed by 9 with 7:51 to play but they caught up with 4:15 left at 51-51. It was a 2 point Clemson lead with 0:56 left on the clock and after KJ McDaniel missed a three point shot, Tech had the ball with a chance to tie or win. Trae Golden went for the tie on a drive into the lane with :04 left. He missed but Daniel Miller knocked down a fadeaway jumper with :01 to play to force overtime at 55-55.
Overtime was a one possession game with Clemson taking the lead for good on a jumper by Damarcus Harrison with :44 left. Harrison then drew an offensive foul and hit two free throws. Golden missed on the return trip down the floor and Landry Nnoko was fouled on the rebound. He knocked down a pair of free throws to put Clemson up by 5 with :17 to play and the Tigers were basically home free from there.
McDaniels struggled with his shooting due to a shoulder injury making just 4 field goals but he was 10-11 from the line and finished with a team high 18 points. Golden led all scorers with 23.
Video review of Clemson’s win over Georgia Tech:
The Tigers improve to 20-11 for their first 20 win season since Brad Brownell’s first season in 2011 and the 13th in school history.
The Tigers defeated Duke 72-59 on January 11th at Littlejohn. The Tigers haven’t beaten Duke twice in the same season since 1995.