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Offensive woes doom Clemson at Georgia Tech

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The Tigers reverted back to their old offensive struggles in a demoralizing 63-52 loss to the Yellow Jackets.

Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Heath scored 14 points off the bench, and Georgia Tech took advantage of an inept Clemson offense to earn just its third conference win of the season with a 63-52 win over the Tigers.

Clemson (15-11, 7-7 ACC) came out ice cold to open the game, recording just one basket in the first eight minutes and falling behind 8-2. The Tigers battled back to tie the game at 10, but the Yellow Jackets (12-14, 3-11 ACC) countered with a 13-6 run of their own. The Tigers scored the final five points of the half to close to 23-21.

Clemson tied the game at 32 and appeared poised to finally take the lead, but a lazy Rod Hall pass on a fast break led to a Heath layup on the other end that sparked a 14-0 Georgia Tech run to bury the Tigers.

Jordan Roper, who scored 21 points on Saturday against Virginia Tech, couldn't find his shooting touch and scored just six points while going 0-4 from three-point range and posting a 57 Ortg. It seemed the Tigers were at a loss for offense without him.

Jaron Blossomgame was the most effective offensive starter for the Tigers, but his 10 points weren't nearly enough to keep them in it. The other four starters combined to go just 9 of 31 from the field. Clemson's only other double-figure scorer was Austin Ajukwa, who played well off the bench in posting 10 points and three steals.

The Tigers shot just 36.4 percent from the floor, including 26.7 percent from three, and had 14 turnovers and just seven assists. They were out-rebounded 29 to 38.