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Clemson 72, Georgia Tech 51

(AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

By PETE IACOBELLI
AP Sports Writer

CLEMSON, S.C. - PJ Hall scored 17 points and Brevin Galloway added 14 as No. 24 Clemson used a fast start to put away Georgia Tech 72-51, continuing its surprising start in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Tigers (17-4) are 9-1 and in first place midway through the ACC season. They stayed that way by getting out quickly on the struggling Yellow Jackets (8-12, 1-9), who've lost their past six games.

Clemson came out fast, playing like a team on top in the ACC. The Tigers got a 3-pointer from Hunter Tyson on their opening possession - his second straight after hitting the game-winning three to beat Virginia Tech 51-50 last Saturday - and pair by Galloway.

The Boston College transfer was fouled as he made another 3 and converted the foul shot for a four-point play.

By the time Hall finished a three-point play, the Tigers were ahead 15-2 less than five minutes in.

Clemson, though, couldn't sustain its early shooting touch and Georgia Tech used a 12-2 run to get itself back in it and trail 25-22.

But Galloway and reserve Chauncey Wiggins fueled another burst with consecutive threes to restore Clemson's double-digit edge.

It was more of the same in the second half. The got a three-point play by the 6-foot-10 Hall and a three by Dillon Hunter as they opened the period on a 12-6 run and steadily increased its lead.

The Yellow Jackets could not keep up and were swept in the regular season by the Tigers for the first time since 2018-19.

Ja'von Franklin had 12 points to lead Georgia Tech. Miles Kelly, the Jackets' leading scorer coming in at 13.6 points a game, finished with nine on 4-of-12 shooting. He made just one of his six attempts from behind the arc.

BIG PICTURE

Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets are offensively challenged this season - they're next to last in ACC shooting percentage - and that showed itself once more against Clemson. Georgia Tech missed eight of its 11 3-pointers in the opening half to fall into a hole they couldn't get out of.

Clemson: Maybe it's time to pay more attention to the Tigers, who are the ACC's only one-loss team halfway through conference play. Hall is an inside force while versatile forwards like Tyson and Galloway provide outside shooting and leadership. Clemson hasn't had as complete a team since its 2017-18 group that advanced to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16.

January 24, 2023


Georgia Tech
Player FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
D. Smith 5-14 0-0 1-5 1-10 4 1 1 2 3 11
D. Coleman 3-13 0-0 1-7 0-4 1 0 2 1 2 7
J. Franklin 6-9 0-0 0-0 1-5 0 0 2 1 2 12
M. Kelly 4-12 0-0 1-6 0-2 1 0 0 1 0 9
J. Moore 2-5 3-4 1-2 3-6 0 2 0 2 3 8
K. Sturdivant 2-9 0-0 0-3 1-2 5 0 0 3 0 4
R. Howard 0-2 0-0 0-0 3-3 0 0 0 0 3 0
J. Meka 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 1 0
Totals 22-64
(.344)
3-4
(.750)
4-23
(.174)
12-35 11 4 5 10 14 51


Clemson
Player FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
B. Galloway 5-10 1-2 3-6 0-2 5 0 0 1 0 14
D. Hunter 3-5 2-2 1-1 0-1 2 0 1 4 1 9
I. Schieffelin 1-5 0-1 0-1 1-7 6 0 0 1 1 2
H. Tyson 4-8 2-2 2-5 0-8 1 0 1 2 3 12
P. Hall 6-12 4-4 1-3 0-7 2 1 0 1 2 17
C. Wiggins 5-7 0-0 2-3 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 12
B. Middlebrooks 2-3 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 2 2 0 0 4
R. Godfrey 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-3 0 0 1 1 2 2
J. Beadle 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0
D. Foster 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Nauseef 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Nauseef 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 27-51
(.529)
9-11
(.818)
9-19
(.474)
3-34 18 3 5 11 9 72




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