Clemson, S.C. – Deivon Smith notched his third double-double in points and rebounds Tuesday night, and Ja’von Franklin scored 12, but Georgia Tech endured another cold shooting night and lost to No. 24 Clemson, 72-51, at Littlejohn Coliseum.
The Yellow Jackets (8-12, 1-9 ACC) dropped their fifth consecutive game since a Jan. 4 win over No. 12 Miami, and lost for the third consecutive time at Littlejohn Coliseum. The Tigers (17-4, 9-1 ACC) earned their third straight win in the series with Tech and remained atop the Atlantic Coast Conference standings.
Missing its first four shots from the floor while Clemson made its first three, Tech fell behind 12-0 at the outset and 23-10 by the 10:23 mark of the first half. The Yellow Jackets challenged, working the ball inside on several possessions and chipping away to close the gap to 25-22 at the 6:08 mark.
The Tigers reeled off the next eight points, however, and went to halftime leading 37-28. After the teams traded baskets to start the second half, Tech trailed by no fewer than 10 points the rest of the way.
The Jackets made only 34.4 percent of their shots from the floor, the third time in four games they hit less than 40 percent, and connected on just 4-of-23 from three-point range. Meanwhile, Clemson shot 50 percent or better in each half and finished at 52.9 from the floor, the third straight team to hit better than half its shots against the Jackets, and made 9-of-20 from three-point range.
Smith finished the game with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Franklin’s 12 points led the Jackets. P.J. Hall’s 17 points led four Tigers in double figures. Brevin Galloway, whose two threes set the tone in the Tigers’ opening salvo, finished with 14.
Tech returns home Saturday at 3 p.m. to host Duke at McCamish Pavilion for the only regular-season meeting between the two teams this season. The game will be televised live on the ACC Network.