Yellow Jackets hand No. 25 Clemson another loss
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Javaris Crittenton poured in 26 points and
fellow freshman Thaddeus Young added 14, as Georgia Tech kept No. 25 Clemson
reeling with an 80-62 victory at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.
A lot has changed since the Tigers started the season 17-0, holding the
distinction as the last remaining unbeaten team in the country. They fell at
Maryland by five points, starting a streak of five losses in six games.
On the other hand, Georgia Tech (14-8, 3-6 ACC) picked up a much-needed
conference victory behind the play of Crittenton and Young. Anthony Morrow
struggled from the field while scoring 11 points and Alade Aminu added 10.
Jeremis Smith totaled nine points, 10 rebounds and five assists for the Yellow
Jackets, who put an end to a four-game slide.
James Mayes led Clemson (18-5, 4-5) with 15 points, Cliff Hammonds added 13
points and Vernon Hamilton recorded 11 points. Trevor Booker was the fourth
Tiger in double figures with 10 points in defeat.
The Yellow Jackets started fast off the tip, and never relented in the opening
half. A 14-2 run nearing the midway point of the half gave GT a 23-10 lead. A
layup and jumper by Aminu followed by Crittenton’s lay-in capped the stretch
with 9:02 on the clock.
Crittenton’s long three pushed the edge to 32-16 with 3:10 on the clock, but
the scrappy Tigers bounced back to close the half on an 11-4 stretch.
Hammond’s layup and Hamilton’s jumper at the buzzer closed the spurt.
The Yellow Jackets maintained a comfortable advantage throughout the entire
second half. A pair of free throws by Sam Perry cut the deficit to 61-51, but
Georgia Tech immediately responded with five in a row to push the edge to
The lead stayed in double digits the rest of the way.
Georgia Tech shot 46 percent from the floor and scored 27 points off 22
Clemson turnovers. Hamilton was the main culprit with six turnovers to only
three assists…The Tigers shot 41 percent from the floor, but made just 5-
of-23 from beyond the arc.