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Georgia Tech resumes play with upset over No. 20 Clemson

Field Level Media
21 Jan 2021, 12:19 GMT+10

Michael Devoe scored 22 points to lead three Georgia Tech players in double figures as the Yellow Jackets defeated No. 20 Clemson 83-65 at Tech's McCamish Pavilion.

It was the Yellow Jackets' first game following a 17-day layoff.

Georgia Tech's last four games had been postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests and subsequent contact tracing on behalf of the Yellow Jackets or their opponent, but they showed no signs of rust following the longest in-season stretch without a game in program history.

Georgia Tech improved to 7-3 overall and 3-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference while handing Clemson (9-3, 3-3) consecutive losses for the first time this season. The Tigers were coming off a 35-point home loss to Virginia following an 11-day COVID-prompted layoff of their own.

Playing for the first time since Jan. 3, Georgia Tech seized control midway through the first half behind Moses Wright, who scored 17 points on 7 of 11 shooting with four dunks in the opening 20 minutes. The Yellow Jackets made nine 3-pointers in the first half and led by as many as 11 points before settling for a nine-point edge at halftime, 44-35.

Wright, who had totaled only 16 points in Tech's last two games, jump-started a 9-0 run to open the second half and extend the Yellow Jackets' cushion to 18 points four minutes in, and the Tigers never drew closer than 12 points the rest of the night.

Devoe made 8 of 12 shots from the floor, including a perfect 6-for-6 from 3-point range. He also had six assists and four steals.

Wright made 9 of 15 shots and finished with 21 points while Jordan Usher also had 21 points, a season high.

The Yellow Jackets made 16 of 26 attempts from beyond the arc (61.5 percent) and forced 20 turnovers, which they converted into 30 points.

Clemson shot 52 percent from the floor but couldn't keep up with Georgia Tech's long-range barrage. The Tigers were led by senior Aamir Simms, who scored 19 points on 9 of 13 shooting. Clyde Trapp added 14 points while John Newman II had 12.

--Field Level Media

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