Thursday, March 12, 2009


GEORGIA TECH 86, CLEMSON 81 - Remember the Clemson team that absolutley beat the ever-lovin' snot out of Duke a little while back?

Remember the Georgia Tech team that would play pretty well, but time, and time again, would blow leads late in the game and wind up with spirit-crushing losses?

Remember those two teams?

Well, neither one of them showed up this afternoon in Atlanta.

Lewis Clinch (#0) set a career high with 32 points and last-place Georgia Tech pulled off the first upset of the ACC tourney.

Clinch made five 3-pointers to carry the Yellow Jackets (12-18), who went 2-14 in the ACC during the regular season - including a pair of losses to the Tigers. He capped his performance with a pair of clinching free throws, eclipsing his career high of 30 points against Miami just eight days earlier.

Clemson (23-8) is now 0-for-56 in winning the ACC tournament. The Tigers made it to the championship game a year ago before losing to North Carolina, but they were one-and-done at the Georgia Dome.

Gani Lawal added 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Yellow Jackets, who advanced to meet No. 22 Florida State in the quarterfinals Friday.

Trevor Booker paced Clemson with 17 points. Five other Tigers were in double figures, but it wasn't enough to handle the inside-outside attack of Lawal and Clinch.

(AP Photo/Dave Martin)

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