Post-Game Notes: Clemson 66, Georgia Tech 52
Georgia Tech starting lineup: Georges-Hunt, Heath, Mitchell, Smith, White
First subs for Georgia Tech: Jacobs and Lammers for Mitchell and White at the 14:35 mark of the first half
On the floor for Georgia Tech at the end: Georges-Hunt, Jackson, Mitchell, Smith, Stephens
Opening tap won by Clemson. Georgia Tech has won the opening tap 15 times in 25 games this season.
Series record vs. Clemson: Georgia Tech is 60-68 overall, 16-42 on the road, 0-1 at Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 1-9 under Brian Gregory, 1-11 vs. Brad Brownell
Current series streak: Clemson won the last two meetings and 12 of the last 13
Georgia Tech is 10-5 at McCamish Pavilion this season, 39-26 in its fourth season in the building, 39-26 under Brian Gregory
Georgia Tech's next game: February 17, 2016, at Florida State, 9 p.m. ET [ACC Network], Donald L. Tucker Center, Tallahassee, Fla.
Georgia Tech re-inserted Adam Smith into the starting lineup, replacing Tadric Jackson, who made his first start of the season against Wake Forest. Along with Josh Heath, Marcus Georges-Hunt, Charles Mitchell and James White, it was a lineup the Yellow Jackets started with against Southeastern Louisiana and Colgate back in December. Tech has employed six different starting lineup this season.
Marcus Georges-Hunt is now the only Yellow Jacket to start every game this season.
The 14-point margin of defeat to Clemson was the greatest in an ACC game for Tech this season, surpassing a nine-point loss to Duke. The Jackets have only two other double-digit losses this season - Georgia (75-61 on Dec. 19) and Villanova (69-52 pn Nov. 27).
Tech matched a season low in points with 52, duplicating its total from a 69-52 loss to Villanova on Nov. 27. The 19 field goals and one three-point field goal were season lows. It was typical of the recent series with Clemson in which Tech has not scored more than 65 points in any of the last 12 meetings, and the Tigers have reached 70 once, that in overtime last season. Tech's 20 points after intermission also were a season low for a half.
Tech trailed at the half for the sixth time in 12 ACC games this season (37-32), and for the sixth time this season. The Yellow Jackets are 2-5 when trailing at the half.
Tech's four post players accounted for only 17 of its 52 points.
Tech committed 13 turnovers, the seventh time in 12 ACC games the Jackets have reached double digits, and Clemson cashed them in for 17 points, while the Yellow Jackets score only six points off of six Clemson turnovers. Tech ranks fourth in the ACC and 13th nationally at 10.4 per game (10.3 in conference games). Nationally, the Jackets have improved from 195th in the nation last year. However, the Jackets also rank at the bottom of the ACC and the nation in turnovers forced.
Tech took 14 offensive rebounds but converted them into only 10 points. Clemson converted 15 offensive boards into 21 points.
Overall, Tech out-rebounded Clemson, 39-37, for the game. The Yellow Jackets have out-rebounded 20 of their 25 opponents, with two ties, this season; and nine of 12 ACC foes. Tech remains fourth in the ACC and is 22nd in the nation in rebound margin (+7.0 per game, +3.3 in ACC games).
Tech had fewer assists (six) than turnovers (13) for the third time in 12 ACC games. The Jackets are 38th nationally in that category (+1.3 per game both in ACC games and in all games) after finishing the 2014-15 season 244th.
Tech was out-scored at the free throw line for the 10th time in 12 ACC games (16-13). Tech has won the free throw battle only once in ACC play at NC State, hitting 29-of-34 from the line compared to 19-of-24 for NC State, and tied Wake Forest (13-13). In Tech's other 10 ACC games, the Jackets have been out-scored from the line, 190-113, 138-54 in the second half of those games.
Marcus Georges-Hunt scored 10 points, reaching double figures for the 20th time in 25 games this season, 83rd time in 119 career games.
Charles Mitchell reached double figures in points and rebounds for the second straight game (11 points, 19 rebounds). It was his 14th double-double this season, 21st in a Tech uniform, 26th of his career.
Mitchell's 19 rebounds were a career high, surpassing the 18 he grabbed against NC State on 1/20/14 while at Maryland, and the 18 he took against earlier this season (11/26/15) against Arkansas. It also gave him 892 boards for his career, the second most for an active ACC player behind Devin Thomas of Wake Forest.
Mitchell's 11 points drew him within six of 1,000 for his career (he has 984, with 576 of those at Tech).
Adam Smith snapped a streak of 26 straight games making at least one three-point field goal (0-for-3), but still led Tech with 12 points largely due to a 6-for-6 performance at the free throw line, which matched his highs in both categories set at NC State on 1/27.
Smith has made at least one in 93 of 103 games in his career for a total of 236. His career total would rank sixth all-time Georgia Tech had he played his entire career here.
In 24 games, Smith has made more three-pointers (73) than Tech's leader in each of the last seven seasons. They are the most since Anthony Morrow accumulated 81 (in 32 games) in the 2007-08 season.