Georgia Tech turned around an 18 point deficit to stun Clemson 88-85 in overtime. The Yellow Jackets used a 29-13 run to end regulation and force overtime. In the overtime period, they lead from the first 18 seconds in until the final buzzer after two James White putbacks on their first two possessions. Marcus Georges-Hunt struggled early in the game, scoring only 4 points in the first half as Clemson lead by 9 at the break. But he scored 24 after the half and even more importantly played tough defense while in foul trouble. He was 15-16 from the line and dished out 6 assists.
Adam Smith stepped up early and often for the Yellow Jackets with Georges-Hunt starting cold out of the gate. Smith knocked down his first three shots and several more after that. He finished with 23 points on 8-16 shooting.
Coach Brian Gregory was in awe of his team’s performance in the second half. He said about the comeback, “26 years and definitely as a head coach, I’ve never seen seen anything like that especially with the magnitude of the game. The bigger the game, the more fight we have.”
First team All-ACC Jaron Blossomgame got hot early, but cooled off thanks to Gregory’s change in defensive schemes on him often. Gregory said, “Let me tell you something that kid is really good. For the first 30 minutes he was the best player on the floor and we did not want to give him the threes.” Blossomgame only hit one three ball as Quinton Stephens guarded him extremely closely most of the night.
Clemson squandered several opportunities late in the game with their lead diminishing, missing free throws and open looks that could have helped sealed the win. Blossomgame finished with a team-high 22 points on 7-16 shooting and 7-9 from the line.
Georgia Tech takes on second-seeded Virginia tomorrow. They beat 68-64 when the WaHoos were 4th in the nation all the way back on January 9th.