No. 23 Clemson edges Georgia Tech, stays unbeaten
Clemson, SC (Sports Network) – James Mays scored the winning layup with four
seconds left, as the 23rd-ranked Clemson Tigers continued their magical
2006-07 season when they edged the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 75-74, in ACC
action from Littlejohn Coliseum.
“I wasn’t the first option,” Mays said. “But I was the option tonight.”
The Tigers (16-0, 2-0) are the only undefeated team in Division I basketball,
as the 16th-ranked Oregon Ducks held on for a 68-66 victory over No. 1 and
previously-unbeaten UCLA at McArthur Court earlier Saturday. It marks the
second longest win streak in Clemson history.
K.C. Rivers scored 20 points for the Tigers, who opened ACC play on Wednesday,
escaping Tallahassee with a 68-66 decision against Florida State. Cliff
Hammonds netted 17 points and Mays contributed 16 points and seven rebounds.
Javaris Crittenton scored 22 points for Georgia Tech (11-4, 0-2), which had a
five-game winning streak snapped, including three routs in the row against
Troy, St. Francis (Pa) and most recently, Winston-Salem State (97-46).
Thaddeus Young scored 15 points and Ra’Sean Dickey added 12 points and seven
With GT holding a one-point advantage, Hammonds scored on a jump shot to push
Clemson ahead by one. Crittenton answered on a jumper at the other end 15
seconds later, but Mays dropped in a layup off a pass from Trevor Booker with
just four seconds on the clock to keep Clemson the only undefeated team left
by the end of the day.
“We didn’t do what we were supposed to do,” Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt
said. “I haven’t seen the tape, but I’m sure there was somebody there to stop
GT edged a 34-29 lead at halftime, and the lead changed a total of 11 times in
the game with seven ties.
Georgia Tech outran the Tigers by outscoring them 12-4 in fast break points,
and Clemson managed to win despite shooting 25-for-66 (37 percent) from the
field compared to 29-for-49 (59 percent) by the Jackets.
The Tigers lead the all-time series with Georgia Tech 56-52, including a 27-8
edge in games played at Clemson…The Tigers won both meetings last season.