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Clemson vs. Georgia Tech, ACC Tournament Postgame Notes

Clemson vs. Georgia Tech, ACC Tournament Postgame Notes


  • Clemson won its 20th game of the season Thursday in the ACC Tournament, a 69-65 overtime triumph over Georgia Tech.
  • The 20 wins signify the most by a Clemson team coming off a season in which the Tigers had a losing record.
  • It is the 13th time in school history the Clemson program has won 20 or more games in a season, and first since 2010-11.
  • Clemson’s win was its first in the ACC Tournament since 2011, when the Tigers beat Boston College, also after a bye.
  • The Tigers defeated an ACC team away from home for a fifth time this season, most since the 2007-08 team also won five games over conference teams outside of Clemson.
  • Clemson rallied from a halftime deficit to win, the sixth time that has been achieved this season. That is the most since the 1989-90 team also did it six times.
  • Clemson has played two straight overtime games, the first time that has occurred to the Tiger program since the final two games of the 1978-79 season.
  • Clemson’s win Thursday was its 10th straight in the series against Georgia Tech, just one shy of the school record 11 set against Virginia from 1960-65.
  • The Tigers defeated Georgia Tech for the third time this season, the first time Clemson went 3-0 over the Yellow Jackets in a season.
  • The last time Clemson beat a team three times in one season was Maryland in 2004-05.
  • In Clemson’s 10-game streak against Georgia Tech, five have come by margins of five points or less.
  • The Tigers earned their sixth win by five points or less, all against ACC teams. That matches the 1986-87 team for ACC victories decided by five or less.
  • With Thursday’s win, Clemson is just the ninth team in ACC history to win 20 games following a season in which it had a .420 winning percentage or less. The most recent to do it was Georgia Tech in 2009-10.
  • Clemson earned its third win in the month of March, most since the 2010-11 season.
  • Thursday was the fifth time since 1977 that Clemson overcame a halftime deficit to win an ACC Tournament game, and first since the Tigers beat Duke in 2008.
  • Clemson shot 86 percent at the free throw, 25-for-29. It was the fifth time this season the Tigers shot at least 85 percent in a game, with a minimum of 10 attempts.


  • K.J. McDaniels scored double figures for the 28th time this season. He led Clemson with 18 points, despite only four field goals. McDaniels was 10-for-11 at the free throw line.
  • McDaniels has attempted 161 free throws this season, most since Trevor Booker went 171 times during his senior season in 2009-10.
  • McDaniels has 533 points this season, most by a Tiger since Will Solomon posted 591 in the 2000-01 season.
  • McDaniels blocked two shots Thursday, giving him 85 on the season. He is two shy of tying Elden Campbell (1988-89) for ninth on the single-season list.
  • Damarcus Harrison posted 12 points, the sixth time in the last seven games the Tiger junior has reached double figures in the scoring column. Harrison posted 10 of his 12 after halftime.
  • Harrison grabbed seven rebounds Thursday against Georgia Tech, one shy of his career-high.
  • Harrison had two steals in the game, the eighth straight game he has had at least one steal.
  • Rod Hall scored all 10 of his points after halftime. It was the 18th time this season the Tiger junior reached double figures in the scoring column.
  • Landry Nnoko blocked six shots against Georgia Tech, a career-high for the Tiger center. His previous high was four against SC State and Duke, both earlier this season.
  • Jaron Blossomgame posted nine rebounds Thursday, the fourth time he has had at least nine in a game this season.
  • Sidy Djitte posted four points, his high since also scoring four against Virginia on Feb. 15.