Georgia Tech’s Michael Devoe made a runner in the lane with 15 seconds to play Friday to lift the Yellow Jackets to a 65-62 victory over Clemson at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson.
Tevin Mack missed a long three-pointer as time expired that would have tied the game for Clemson. Playing in his final game at Clemson, the graduate senior also missed a three-pointer with 11.7 seconds left that could have given the Tigers the lead, but it hit the front of the rim and fell short.
“That was a tough one. We let one get away there at the end,” Clemson head coach Brad Brownell said.
With the loss, the Tigers fell to 15-15 overall and 9-11 in the ACC. Friday was Clemson’s final regular season game.
Friday was Tech’s final game of the season due to NCAA probation. Georgia Tech (17-14, 11-9 ACC) dropped the appeal of its postseason ban by the NCAA last week and it will not play in next week’s ACC Tournament.
The Tigers finished the game 1-for-11 in the final 2:40. The Yellow Jackets ended the game with a 6-0 run. Clemson had a 59-50 lead with 5:15 to play in the game.
“They just made plays down the stretch and we kind of didn’t. We had a couple of guys that were not as aggressive as they needed to be,” Brownell said. “With [James] Banks be in there to protect the basket is hard. He keeps you out of there a little bit and with them scoring, they were able to get their defense in.
“We just did not to a good enough job of executing down the stretch. We had a couple of plays we tried to run… Those are not easy situations. Georgia Tech made better plays.”
Clemson now waits to see who it will play in next week’s ACC Tournament in Greensboro, North Carolina. The Tigers will be the No. 8 seed in next week’s ACC Tournament.
The Tigers were led by Tevin Mack’s 19 points, while Aamir Simms scored 12 points and had eight rebounds. Devoe led Georgia Tech with 20 points and six rebounds.
Tech led by 11 points at halftime, 39-28, but Clemson used a 20-5 run to start the second half and then found itself with a 59-50 lead when Tech scored 16 of the game’s last 19 points.
“For fourteen minutes in the second half we played great,” Brownell said. “We did a better job defensively. We made some shots and got a fewer easier baskets in terms of scoring off our defense. They took control of the game. And then, to their credit, Devoe, he beat us at the end.”