Georgia Tech Basketball: Yellow Jackets Fall Short to Clemson Tigers


This was a game that pretty much summed up the 2014-15 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (12-17. 3-14 ACC) basketball season. The Yellow Jackets battled hard to get back in the game only to fall short to the Clemson Tigers (16-12, 8-8 ACC) 70-63 in overtime at Littlejohn Coliseum.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
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Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

The Jackets shot 17.4% from the floor with nine turnovers in the first half of this contest.

It looked like Tech was just going to hand the Tigers a win on Clemson’s Senior Day, with the Yellow Jackets being down as much as 23 points in the first half at 30-7  with 4:58 left in the game.

The Jackets managed to work that deficit down  before the half and went into the locker room behind 35-16.

In the second half Clemson was holding the Jackets at bay up until the 6:58 mark of the second half .

With the score 54-38, Georgia Tech started to make their push. The Jackets went on a 22-6 run to tie the game at 60 apiece and send the contest into overtime.

In overtime the Yellow Jackets went 1 of 10 from the floor while the Clemson Tigers were able to hit 6 of 8 free throws and two layup to get themselves a home court win.

The Jackets went from shooting 17.4% in the first half, to making a huge run late in the second half, just to go ice cold in overtime and lose the game.

Thus is life for Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket fans.

This is a game where the stats truly do, but don’t really tell the full story of the game.

Feb 28, 2015; Clemson, SC, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets guard Josh Heath (11) goes in for the layup while being defended by Clemson Tigers guard Rod Hall (12) during the first half at Littlejohn Coliseum. Mandatory


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Clemson shot 51.2% from the floor to Georgia Tech’s 32.3%. Tech outrebounded Clemson 45-35. The Jackets assisted on nine of their baskets while Clemson assisted on eight.

Tech had the offensive rebounding edge over the Tigers 27-8 in this contest.

The margin of victory was decided in the free throw shooting. Georgia Tech shot 15-25 from the line while Clemson hit 22 of 27 from the charity stripe. Thus the seven point victory for Clemson.

Even through all the stats, this game came down to late game, or in this case overtime execution for the Jackets.

Shooting 1 of 10 from the field after all that battling to get back in the game is typical of what Tech has done all off this season. They always seem to go cold at the wrong time.

Marcus Georges-Hunt finished with 20 points and nine rebounds to lead Georgia Tech.

Tadric Jackson chipped in 12 points and Robert Sampson logged six points and a team high 13 boards.

Clemson was led by Jaron Blossomgame’s 19 points and eight rebounds while Rod Hall and Damarcus Harrison with 15 apiece.

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The Jackets only have one game left to their ACC schedule and that is against the North Carolina Tar Heels in McCamish on Tuesday.

Georgia Tech’s biggest issue going into the tournament is not being able to close out tight games. This game could have been used as a springboard going forward if they were able to overcome the deficit and get the road.

Brian Gregory’s club has one more chance to prove to themselves that they can get a big win in a tough game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at home on Tuesday.