When you can’t muster 50 points in a college basketball game, it’s either because of a stout defense or being fatigued. In the case of Brian Gregory’s Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (12-11, 3-7 ACC) it was a little bit of both, as they lost to the Clemson Tigers (15-6, 6-3 ACC) 45-41 at Littlejohn Coliseum.
Gregory probably wanted to click his heels three times and made a wish. That wish would have been, ” I want someone to score along with Daniel Miller.”
Miller handled his business in the paint, dropping 18 points and eight rebounds on the stat sheet, but other than Miller, it seemed as though no one else wanted to play. Marques Georges-Hunt attempted to be that guy, but nine points on 1 of 13 shooting is not going to cut it on any level.
This game was pretty even throughout but the Jackets simply ran out of gas within the last three minutes of the contest. You can’t even really blame the rebounding margin of the game, with Clemson having the edge 38-35 on the glass. It was not as though Clemson had someone dominate the game on their end. Guard Jordan Roper was the high man for Clemson with 12 points. This game simply came down to the gas tank, and Clemson had a little more fuel in theirs than Tech tonight.
The good news for the Jackets is that they get to come home for four straight games and perhaps this will be their opportunity to get back on track.
There is also prospect of getting a much needed familiar face back in the lineup, with forward Robert Carter Jr. being reportedly on the mend and nearly ready to go. We will find out what all unfolds Saturday when the second place Virginia Cavaliers come to McCamish Pavilion.
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