Georgia Tech snaps 10-game losing streak to Clemson


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Clemson’s slim NCAA Tournament hopes froze over on a cold shooting night in Atlanta.

Georgia Tech (12-10, 3-11 ACC) used a 14-0 second half run and five-minute scoring drought by the Tigers in defeating Clemson 63-52 at McCamish Pavilion Monday night. The win by one of the ACC’s worst teams broke a 10-game winning streak the Tigers had over the Jackets.

Clemson had tied the game at 32-32 midway through the second half, but had just one field goal in over ten minutes of game action as Tech opened up a 54-37 lead. Clemson never led in the game. The Tigers were also outscored 40-20 in the paint.

The Tigers (15-11 overall, 7-7 ACC) were led by Jaron BlossomgameJaron Blossomgame
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and Austin AjukwaAustin Ajukwa
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with 10 points apiece.

Georgia Tech jumped out to an 8-2 lead, but in a half that would be marked by scoring droughts the Tigers were able to take advantage of a Jacket slump to tie the game at 8-8. A dunk by Landry NnokoLandry Nnoko
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made it 15-14 Tech with just a little over seven minutes to play in the half, but Tech went on a quick 6-0 run that made it 21-14 with five minutes left before intermission.

The Jackets went scoreless over the final four minutes and the Tigers mounted a small charge, but Tech led 23-21 at the break.

The Jackets opened up a quick six point lead to begin the second half, but the Tigers began to chip away. A jumper by Blossomgame and a 3-pointer by Damarcus HarrisonDamarcus Harrison
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tied the game at 32-32, but the Jackets then went on an 14-0 run to takes it largest lead of the game at that point at 46-32. It was a five-plus minute scoring drought for the Tigers that included four critical turnovers.

The lead eventually swelled to 19, but the Tigers used a late run that was fueled by Austin Ajukwa to trim the Tech lead to single digits but the Jackets were able to hold on the for the win.

Clemson returns to action Saturday, traveling to take on No. 4 Duke in Durham at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

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