After playing relatively well in close losses to North Carolina and Notre Dame, Clemson failed in all aspects in a 75-63 loss at Georgia Tech that put any NCAA Tournament hopes the Tigers may have had on the back burner.
Clemson came out flat and limped to a 32-30 halftime deficit. A Jaron Blossomgame dunk gave the Tigers their first lead at 37-36, but the Jackets outplayed them from there.
Clemson shot just 36.7% from the floor in its worst offensive performance of the season and converted just 7 of 24 three-point attempts.
Jaron Blossomgame led the Tigers with 20 points, but he didn’t get much help aside from Avry Holmes’ 14. In fact, besides Marcquise Reed (9) and Gabe DeVoe (8), no other Clemson player scored more than 4.
Georgia Tech, on the other hand, shot 46.6% and made 17 of their 19 free-throw attempts.
Ben Lammers caused problems for the Tigers all night, posting 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Quinton Stephens added 16 and 8.
Josh Okogie and Tadric Jackson chipped in 13 and 10, respectively.
With no wins to show for their competitive efforts against back-to-back top-25 teams, Georgia Tech should have been a winning reprieve for Clemson before another games against Virginia and Louisville.
But now the Tigers are reeling at 1-3 in the ACC, and things don’t get any easier with the Cavaliers coming to town in less than 40 hours. Clemson now has some serious work to do.