Clemson went 9-9 from three in the second half on their way to a 25 point victory over Georgia Tech winning 87-62.
The Tigers shot 69 percent for the game from the field including an amazing 85 percent in the second half. The 69 percent was the best ever shooting performance for Clemson in an ACC game and the 85% was the best ever for Clemson in a game.
“It was a great win for our guys. Our staff was fighting over who was the shooting coach tonight. In the second half, we just played really well. Things look even better when you shoot the ball in. But I thought we had good defensive intensity,” said Brownell.
All five starters finished in double-figures for the Tigers. Grant led the way with 20, Stitt and Smith added 16, Booker scored 12 and Andre Young scored 11.
Both teams started slowly Wednesday night. With 15:16 to go in the half the Tigers led 5-2 after Devin Booker his a jumper. Demontez Stitt hit the first three of the game to put the Tigers up 8-2.
The Tigers stretched the lead to 10-2 before the Jackets banked in a three-pointer and hit another to cut the lead to 10-8. The Jackets continued the run to take the lead for the first time at 12-10 with 10:22 to go in the half.
Tanner Smith put the Tigers back on top with a three-pointer at 13-12. The Tigers built on the lead and led 21-14 on Tanner Smith’s layup.
The Jackets rallied with a run thanks to several Clemson turnovers and cut the lead to two at 25-23 with 5 minutes to go. Georgia Tech continued the surge and took the lead in the final seconds before Bryan Narcisse tipped the ball in at the buzzer to give the Tigers the lead 34-33 at the half.
Coach Brownell made some adjustments at the half and the Tigers whipped Tech in the second half.
“We told them that defense starts from inside out. Sometimes when you’re a pressing team or when we’re pressing the ball full-court, you can lose sight of that and get so worried about guys making jump shots that you forget to protect the basket,” said Brownell.
For the second game in a row the Tigers went on a run to start the second half. Clemson went on a n 17-8 run to start the half and go up 51-41. Andre Young hit back to back three-pointers during that run.
The Tigers lead climbed to 14 at 62-48 with 9:10 to go on a three-pointer from Demontez Stitt. Clemson continued to build the lead and went up 73-53 on Booker’s score inside.
Clemson couldn’t miss in the second half and continued to build the lead. The final score was Clemson 87 Georgia Tech 62.
The Tigers moved to 13-4 with the win and 2-1 in the ACC. Clemson travels to North Carolina next Tuesday.