Friday, March 7, 2008

THURSDAY HOOP

CLEMSON 80, GEORGIA TECH 75

Zack Peacock hit four straight free throws in the final 16 seconds to help Georgia Tech beat 24th-ranked Clemson 80-75 last night.


The Tigers’ Terrence Oglesby, who hit the winning 3-pointer in last week’s big comeback win against the Terps, missed a 26-footer with 22.5 seconds that would've tied the game at 76.

After Cliff Hammonds (broken bone in his wrist and all) made one of two free throws, Clemson coach Oliver Purnell was furious when Peacock wasn't called for a foul on K.C. Rivers' missed layup. (See yesterday’s article about zebras).

Neither team scored a field goal after Clemson guard Demontez Stitt's 3-pointer cut the lead to 74-72 with 2:16 remaining.

Anthony Morrow led Georgia Tech (13-16, 6-9 ACC) with 16 points, going 4-of-5 from beyond the arc. Peacock, one game after scoring a career-high 23 points in a loss to Virginia on Monday, finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and five steals.

Clemson is attempting to earn an NCAA tournament bid for the first time since 1998. Purnell, now in his fourth season, led the Tigers to the NIT the last three years. But any ACC team that has won nine league games and 20 overall has made the NCAA field. Clemson was seeking to tie a school record in victories last matched in 1989-90.

Clemson made only 4 of 19 three pointers (21%) and lost another game at the free throw line…9 of 17 (52%).

No wonder Oliver Purnell always looks so stressed out.

ABOVE: Georgia Tech D'Andre Bell (13) dunks against Clemson during the second half of a basketball game Thursday March 6, 2008, in Atlanta.

Clemson's Raymond Sykes (12) dunks above the heads of Georgia Tech D'Andre Bell (13), and guard Lewis Clinch (0) during the first half.

(AP Photos/John Amis)

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