ATLANTA — With a 65-42 victorious margin over Georgia Tech, it marked the fewest points allowed in back-to-back Atlantic Coast Conference games in Clemson University men’s basketball history (79 points).
The Tigers (14-8, 4-5 ACC) dominated the Yellow Jackets (11-12, 3-7 ACC) from the opening tip in the dominating 23-point victory. It marked the Tigers’ third-straight league victory and the first three-game win streak with each victory by double-digits since the 1974-75 season.
The 23-point win was the fifth-largest margin of victory in an ACC game in Clemson history.
Marcquise Reed led the way offensively with 19 points on 9-for-16 shooting from the floor. Elijah Thomas picked up where he left off on the defensive side of things with five more blocks – giving him 12 over the last two outings.
David Skara and Aamir Simms both posted 13-point performances in the Tiger victory.
Clemson led by nine at the break but broke out with a hot-shooting second-half by posting a 62.5 percent clip from the floor (15-for-24) in the second stanza.
The Yellow Jackets cut the Tiger lead to just eight at 41-33 with 12:10 remaining in the game. Immediately following a Clemson timeout, the Tigers imposed their will and executed a 17-5 run over the next nearly nine minutes to put the game out of reach.
Clemson will return to the floor on Saturday, Feb. 9 when it hosts No. 11 Virginia Tech from Littlejohn Coliseum. Tipoff is slated for 12 p.m.