Georgia Tech holds on to beat short-handed Clemson, 69-64
Feb 4, 2022, 11:25 PM | Updated: Feb 5, 2022, 1:28 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Deivon Smith came off the Georgia Tech bench to score 16 points and dish six assists and the Yellow Jackets had to hold on late to post a 69-64 upset win over Clemson for just their third victory in their first 11 Atlantic Coast Conference games Saturday.
Georgia Tech started fast, building a 13-point lead at intermission, but the Tigers battled back late. Al-Amir Dawes hits three 3s in the final seven minutes to pull Clemson within six and David Collins hit a jumper to make it a four-point game, then cut the deficit to three with two free throws with 20 seconds left, 67-64, but the Tigers missed two 3-point attempts in the closing seconds.
Georgia Tech (10-12, 3-8) got 37 of its 69 points from its bench. Smith hit 6 of 10 from the field and 4 of 5 from the line while grabbing eight rebounds, Miles Kelly hit 3 of 5 from beyond the arc to add 10 points and Dallan Coleman hit 3 of 7 from distance to add nine points, all off the bench. Jordan Usher had 14 points and three steals.
Clemson (12-10, 4-7), was without Hunter Tyson, who is out indefinitely with a broken clavicle suffered in the first half of the Tigers’ 75-69 victory over Florida State Wednesday. The 6-foot-8 senior had started 21 straight games and was averaging a career-best 10.4 points per game.
PJ Hall and Dawes each added 18 points to lead Clemson. Dawes knocked down 6 of 10 shots from behind the arc.
Georgia Tech travels to Miami Wednesday before visiting Virginia Saturday.
Clemson will host a three-game home stand beginning with North Carolina Tuesday followed by No. 9 Duke Thursday and Notre Dame Saturday.
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