Clemson, SC – Hot shooting from Andre Young and a late first half surge carried the Tigers to a 64-62 victory over Georgia Tech Saturday afternoon at Littlejohn Coliseum.
Andre Young led the Tigers with 29 points including 7-9 from three. Devin Booker and Milton Jennings each added nine for the Tigers.
The Tigers shot 47 percent for the game including 47 percent from three. Georgia Tech got hot from three down the stretch and finished with 50 percent from three.
Both teams struggled on offense in the first half. Clemson finally got on the scoreboard with 15:29 to go in the half when Bernard Sullivan scored inside. 28 seconds later Sullivan scored again to put the Tigers up 4-3.
The first half was halted at the 5:56 mark because of a power outage. At the time Clemson led 13-10.
Andre Young got hot after the stoppage and hit four three pointers in the final five minutes. The Tigers finished the half on a 21-9 run and led 34-19 at the half.
Andre Young led the Tigers with 18 points at the half hitting 5-6 from three. The Tigers shot 50 percent from three in the first half and 45 percent overall while holding the Jackets to 33 percent. Clemson forced 17 Georgia Tech turnovers in the first half.
With 14:00 to go in the game the Jackets cut the Clemson lead to eight at 37-29.
Baciu hit inside to stretch the lead to 47-33 with 7:55 to go. Tanner Smith hit a three with 6:33 remaining to put Clemson up 53-37. As the 24 second clock ran out Andre Young hit a fade-away three to put Clemson up 56-40.
Georgia Tech went on an 8-0 run to cut the lead to eight with 2:20 remaining. Booker hit two free throws to stretch the lead back to ten.
The Jackets made a run in the final two minutes. With the lead at three Andre Young hit two free throws to stretch the lead to five and put the game away.
Clemson moved to 10-9 overall and 2-3 in the ACC with the victory.