The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets made a good run of it, forcing another overtime, but just couldn’t come up with quite enough points and few enough turnovers to beat the Clemson Tigers in the 2nd round of the 2014 ACC Tournament, dropping a tough one 69-65 in Greensboro.
For Georgia Tech seniors Daniel Miller, Kammeon Holsey and Trae Golden, it had to be a bittersweet night. The Jackets hung tough with Clemson all night, even extending the lead to nine points in the second half. Clemson fought their way back in it, only to see Tech force their second overtime game in as many nights.
The story of the loss for Tech can be boiled down to two main problems. Turnovers and free throws.
Tech wasn’t making their free throws–going 11-20 from the charity stripe–and they were (as usual) sloppy in their ball-handling, giving the ball to the Tigers 10 times (four of them coming uncharacteristically from Daniel Miller).
Miller, who has now played his final game in his storied career at Tech, had a night (and ACC Tourney) to forget, going just 2-for-7 from the field, missing his only two free throw attempts, and gorking an ugly dunk attempt that would have put the Jackets up by four in overtime.
Of all the seniors, Trae Golden had the best night. In his first and only season at Georgia Tech after transferring from Tennessee, Golden not only finished the night as the game’s high scorer with 23 points (and was 3-of-6 from downtown), but also finished the year as Tech’s leading scorer.
There will be no NCAA invite for the Jackets, and more than likely not even an NIT appearance. Tech went down swinging tonight – but down they did go.
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