Clemson 74, Georgia Tech 62
Feb. 1, 2017
- Georgia Tech starting lineup: Heath, Heyward, Okogie, Stephens, Lammers (fourth game this season with this lineup)
- First subs for Georgia Tech: Gueye for Stephens, 16:17 – 1st half
- On the floor for Georgia Tech at the end: Gueye, Matthews, McCormick, Moore, Okogie
- Opening tap won by Clemson. Georgia Tech has won the opening tap in 10 of 22 games this season.
- Series record vs. Clemson: Georgia Tech is 62-68 overall, 16-43 on the road, 8-36 at Littlejohn Coliseum, 1-1 under Josh Pastner, 4-12 vs. Brad Brownell
- Current series streak: Clemson snapped a three-game losing steak in the series
- Georgia Tech’s next game: February 4, 2017 at Wake Forest, 3 p.m., Winston-Salem, N.C. [RSN, 680 AM, 93.7 FM, Sirius 81, XM 81]
- At 5-5, Tech has its best ACC record after 10 games since the 2009-10 season, when the Jackets also were 6-4 after 10 games.
- Tech started Josh Heath, Corey Heyward, Ben Lammers, Josh Okogie and Quinton Stephens for the fourth time this season. Three Yellow Jackets – Lammers, Okogie and Stephens – have started every game this season.
- Tech trailed at the half (32-24) for the fifth time in conference play and is 1-4 in those games. The Jackets trailed at the half for the eighth time overall (1-7 record).
- The 74-62 loss to Clemson was almost the exact score in reverse of the teams’ meeting in Atlanta (Tech won 75-63). Eight of Tech’s 10 ACC games this season have been decided bu 10 or more points.
- Clemson’s 44.4 percent shooting from the floor was the best against Tech since Virginia shot 45.8 percent on Jan. 21 and the third-best against the Yellow Jackets in ACC play. Still, Tech is yielding just 40.1 percent in conference games; the Yellow Jackets came into the game leading the ACC in that department.
- Tech did not reach its magic number for points (70), and fell to 2-9 this season when scoring less than 70. The Yellow Jackets are unbeaten (11-0) when reaching that number offensively.
- Clemson outshot Tech 44.4 percent to 43.4 percent. The Jackets improved to 13-1 when shooting a better percentage from the floor than its opponent this season.
- Tech was out-rebounded 36-34, the sixth time in 10 conference games the Yellow Jackets have come up short.
- Ben Lammers and Quinton Stephens combined for 15 rebounds. Both players rank among the top 10 in the ACC in rebound average, making Tech the only ACC team to have two players among the top 10.
- Tech blocked only two shots, one off its season low. The Yellow Jackets came into the game with an ACC-leading average of 5.67 blocks per ACC game, 6.52 in all games this season (third in the nation).
- Tech made just one three-point field goal in 11 attempts, its poorest percentage from beyond the arc this season (Tech went 1-for-10 against Georgia).
- Tech’s 17 turnovers were its most since committing 20 in a victory at VCU on Dec. 7.
- Pastner meter 1 (assists to made field goals): Tech assisted on 13 of 23 made field goals (56.5 pct.) vs. Clemson - 60 percent goal not accomplished. Tech is at 62.6 percent for the season, which ranks 12th in the nation, and 66.9 percent in ACC games.
- Pastner meter 2 (free throws made to opponents’ attempts): Tech made 15 of 21 free throws to Clemson’s 21 of 32 (goal of making more than opponent tries not accomplished). The Yellow Jackets still maintain a 72.2-percent clip from the foul line in ACC games.
- Pastner meter 3 (guard rebounding): Tech’s guards combined for 13 of Tech’s 26 defensive rebounds.
- Ben Lammers scored a career-high 25 points against Clemson, beating by one his previous best against Louisville on Jan. 7. It was his third 20-plus game against an ACC this season, and his fourth overall. He scored in double digits for the 20th time this season, and established a career high for field goals made (12 of 18).
- Ben Lammers finished with nine rebounds, coming one rebound short of his 11th double-double this season.
- Tadric Jackson scored 12 points and reached double figures in back-to-back games (scored 25 vs. Notre Dame) for the first time since scoring 10 in the first meeting vs. Clemson on Jan. 12 and following that with 13 at NC State, both of which Tech won. He went 4-for-8 from the floor and improved to 46,4 percent this season.
- Josh Okogie returned to double figures with 12 points after getting eight against Notre Dame, the only ACC game in which he has scored fewer than 10. He went 3-for-9 from the floor and 6-for-9 from the free throw line, adding three assists and three steals in 32 minutes.
- Quinton Stephens scored 11 points for his sixth double-figure game against an ACC team and 14th overall this season. He grabbed six rebounds and remains among the ACC’s top 10 in rebound average at 8.2 per game.
- Corey Heyward made his third consecutive start and 10th of the season. It was his 28th career start. He went scoreless for the second straight game, but helped limit the Tigers’ Jaron Blossomgame to 10 points (3-for-7, 0-for-2 on threes). It was his second straight game getting the lion’s share of time guarding the opposing team’s top scorer. He held Notre Dame’s Steve Vasturia, who entered the game averaging 14.9 points, to five points (1-7 FG) in 39 minutes. In his three consecutive starts, Heyward has played 83 minutes and turned the ball over once with 11 rebounds, four assists and four steals.
- Josh Heath had four assists and has averaged 6.3 over his last seven games, 5.0 per ACC game this season.