Clemson defeated Georgia Tech on Saturday in a come from behind win, 63-55. For the second straight game, the Tigers had at least three players who scored in double digits, a rarity this season. As usual, Clemson received a great effort from KJ McDaniels, who had 16 points. Clemson also got a huge boost from Demarcus Harrison and Landry Nnoko, who scored 15 and 13 respectively. The Tigers improved to 17-9 (8-6 ACC) overall and 4-4 in conference away games. The win kept Clemson alone in sixth place in the conference, only half a game behind Pittsburgh, who has a tough road game against Florida State on Sunday.
Clemson struggled offensively for the majority of the first half and went into the break trailing by six. The start of second half did not go much better as the Tigers fell behind by as many nine early on. However, Clemson finally got the spark it needed from Demarcus Harrison, who went 5-7 from the field, including 3-4 from beyond the arc. KJ McDaniels, who had a very slow first half, also kicked in to help the offensive explosion, as the Tigers went on a 17-6 run to take their first lead of the second half at 42-40 with about 10 minutes in the second half. Brad Brownell’s squad would never look back, as they continued to pull away from the Yellow Jackets. Clemson also got a solid and consistent performance from Landry Nnoko, whose 6 rebounds, along with his 13 points, helped neutralize Georgia Tech’s biggest threat, Daniel Miller. Miller, who had 10 points in the first half and dominated the paint, was held to only 4 in the second half. Georgia Tech also got double digit performances from Marcus Georges-Hunt and Trae Golden, but the Tigers’ defense late prevented the Yellow Jackets from slowing Clemson’s run. The Tigers took care of the ball late and made their free throws to easily withstand Tech’s last attempt to get back in the game and held on to win their 8th conference game.
Clemson will travel to Winston-Salem this Tuesday to take on Wake Forest in their last game away from Littlejohn until the ACC Tournament. The Demon Deacons are another basement team in the ACC that Clemson must defeat to keep any tournament hopes alive. Clemson’s previous game against Wake was one of their more inconsistent offensive performances of the season, but the Tigers still won late. If Clemson can keep up the increased offensive power they have shown in the last few games, they should have no problem capturing a winning road record and guaranteeing at least a .500 regular season in the ACC.