Georgia Tech (13-14, 4-10 ACC) stumbled again in the second half of a game, allowing Clemson (17-9, 8-6 ACC) to come back from a 6-point deficit, and dropping the Yellow Jackets to under .500 for the first time this season.
It was the same old story for Brian Gregory’s injury-depleted team, who turned in a strong first half performance, only to run out of gas later in the game.
Trae Golden returned to the starting lineup for the Jackets, which was good, especially given his team-leading 17 points. But Golden also committed five of the staggering 15 Georgia Tech turnovers, which was bad. It’s been an issue all season, and really cropped up in a big way against the Tigers today.
Tech came into the game with a -3.46 turnover margin per game (worst in the ACC), and had the opportunity to actually make that stat better today. They forced 12 Clemson turnovers, which normally would be plenty to win the battle of ball-handling, but not when Tech gave it up 15 times on their own.
The only thing the Yellow Jackets can shoot for at this point is to try to finish the season over .500 and to play spoiler to some of the ACC teams who will be playing postseason ball in March.
The Yellow Jackets begin a three-game road trip at Notre Dame on Feb. 26 at 7:00 pm.
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