CLEMSON, S.C. — Marcquise Reed turned in a career-high 30 points in Clemson University men’s basketball’s wire-to-wire victory over Georgia Tech on Wednesday night. The win was Clemson’s first of ACC play.
The Tigers (11-6, 1-3 ACC) got off to a 14-0 run in the opening five minutes of the contest and extended that to a 20-2 run with 12:42 left to play in the opening stanza. The Tigers endured a 10-0 run from the Yellow Jackets (10-7, 2-2 ACC) to close the half and take a 35-30 lead into halftime.
Reed posted his highest scoring first half of the season with 19 points in the first period.
Clemson greeted Georgia Tech with a 7-0 run to begin the second half and extended its lead to double figures yet again. The Tigers would lead by as many as 15 in the second half and the Yellow Jackets closed to within nine and eight on two occasions, but that’s as close as they would get.
Aside from Reed’s spectacular performance in the scoring column, the Tigers’ leading scorer grabbed six rebounds and posted four steals.
Shelton Mitchell turned in a season-high nine assists and zero turnovers. It marked the highest assist total of his career without committing a turnover. Mitchell tallied eight dimes without a turnover against Syracuse on Feb. 7, 2017.
Clemson was led on the glass by Elijah Thomas who grabbed nine boards – narrowly missing a double-double – and finishing with 11 points. Aamir Simms cracked double-digits with 10 and connected on two 3-pointers in the second half.
Clemson’s “Croatian Sensation”, David Skara, finished 3-for-5 from the floor, but an ultra-efficient 3-for-4 from behind the arc.
The Tigers return to the floor on Jan. 22 at Florida State. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. on ESPNU.