Gabe DeVoe scored a career-high 25 points, and Marcquise Reed made a driving layup with 24 seconds remaining to lift Clemson to a 72-70 win at Georgia Tech on Sunday night.
The Tigers trailed by as many as 12 in the first half but trimmed the margin to 2 at halftime. They quickly jumped into the lead after the break and steadily built a lead that grew as large as 8 points with less than four minutes left.
The Yellow Jackets had one last run left in them though and tied the game at 70 when Josh Okogie made two free throws with 42 seconds to play. Then Reed made the game-winning play the Tigers needed, driving from the top of the key and finishing in traffic with his left hand to push Clemson ahead for good.
After a disappointing performance against Virginia, Clemson’s backcourt bounced back to lead the Tigers to a much-needed road victory. DeVoe’s career night included five three-pointers, while Shelton Mitchell made four on his way to a 15-point effort. DeVoe’s early three-pointers kept Clemson in the game as they struggled early in the first half.
Reed scored 13 points - incuding the game-winner - and dished out 11 assists:
Okogie led Georgia Tech with 26 points, but Clemson held the normally problematic Ben Lammers to just 10.
Clemson moved to 17-4 (6-3 ACC) on the season and hosts North Carolina on Tuesday night.