Hall, Galway lead No. 24 Clemson to a 72-51 victory over Ga Tech

CLEMSON (Associated Press) — No limits, no excuses, no regrets.

No. 24 Clemson has followed its preseason banner all the way to the top of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Tigers, projected to finish 11th in October, continued their upset ACC run with a 72-51 win over Georgia Tech on Tuesday night. PJ Hall scored 17 points and Brevin Galloway 14 to jump Clemson (17-4) to 9-1 in the middle of league play.

Tigers coach Brad Brownell said he spoke with fifth-year forward Hunter Tyson over the summer about the team’s chances after the 17-16 mark last season.

Brownell said, “The older players, we just felt like we were going to have a good team. We’ve talked a lot this year about having no limits. Let’s see what we can do, let’s not put limits on ourselves.”

The Tigers stayed on top despite injuries to experienced guards Alex Hemenway and Chase Hunter. Hemenway, the team’s most reliable 3-point shooter, missed his ninth game with a foot injury. Hunter, who runs the point, has missed the last three, due to a foot problem.

Hunter’s younger brother, Dillon, earned his first college start against Georgia Tech (8-12, 1-9) and had nine points, two steals.

Chauncey Wiggins, a freshman like Dillon Hunter, took five of seven shots for 12 points.

And what regret? Nothing yet, said Galloway, who grew up in Anderson about 20 miles from campus.

Clemson came out fast, playing as a team at the top in the ACC. The Tigers got a 3-pointer by Hunter Tyson on their opening possession — their second in a row after hitting a game-winning 3 to beat Virginia Tech 51-50 last Saturday — and a double by Galloway.

Boston College’s transmission was fouled as they made another three points and converted the free throw for a four-point play.

By the time Hall finished with a three-point game, the Tigers were leading 15-2 in less than five minutes.

It was more of the same in the second half. Clemson got a three-point play from 6-foot-10-3 Hall from Dillon Hunter as he opened the period on a 12-6 run and steadily increased its lead.

The Yellow Jackets couldn’t keep up and were swept by the Tigers in the regular season for the first time since 2018-19.

Ja’von Franklin had 12 points to lead Georgia Tech. Miles Kelly, the Jackets’ leading scorer with 13.6 points a game, finished with nine on 4-of-12. He made only one of his six attempts from behind the arc.

Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner said his team’s poor shooting — “we can’t throw it in the ocean standing on the sidewalk,” he said — during ACC play is overshadowing.

“It’s hard,” he said. “It takes a lot out of you.”

Galloway was confident of the Tigers once he arrived on campus and says things are going the way he expected.

“I believed in the team from the jump,” said Galloway. “I thought I might go home and make history.”

The Big Picture

Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets have an offensive challenge this season – they’re next in ACC shooting percentage – and it showed again against Clemson. Georgia Tech missed eight of its 11 three-pointers in the first half.

Clemson: Maybe it’s time to pay more attention to the Tigers, who are the only ACC losing team. Hall is an inside force while versatile forwards such as Tyson and Galloway provide shooting and leadership from the outside. Clemson has not had a full team since its 2017-18 squad advance to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament.

players return

Brownell said he’s still not sure when Hemenway or Chase Hunter will return. It could be Saturday against Florida State or the absence could be longer. When they return, Brownell believes the experience the younger players have gained will pay off.

next one

Georgia Tech goes home to play Duke on Saturday

Clemson in Florida on Saturday.


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