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Clemson Upsets Georgia Tech

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CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson's Edward Scott made the game-winning shot Wednesday, and his strong defense on Georgia Tech's lastattempt may have saved things for the Tigers.

But the senior captain's best move might have come a day earlier. He called a team meeting Tuesday to clear the air during Clemson's disheartening four-game losing streak.

"I don't think we were quite slumping our shoulders. We werejust getting out of what we were used to doing," said Scott, whoscored 18 points, including a 12-foot jumper with 21 seconds leftin the Tigers 69-67 victory Wednesday night. "By having themeeting, everybody came together."

Each Tiger was asked to speak. They agreed the team, whichhadn't cracked 60 points in nearly three weeks since their lastvictory, needed to move with a quicker, up-tempo pace instead oftheir deliberate, pound it in style. The result? A career-high 25for sophomore shooting guard Chey Christie and their biggestoffensive output since beating Virginia here, 78-77 on Jan. 18.

"We threw the ball over the top three or four times," Clemsoncoach Larry Shyatt said. "Whatever the reason, we probably gotourselves six-eight easier points than we've been getting."

Scott was the hero for the Tigers (12-6, 2-6 Atlantic CoastConference) down the stretch.

Clemson had surrendered a 13-point lead and trailed 65-61 with2:45 to go when Scott took over. His first jump shot cut the marginin half and his two foul shots tied things with 2:04 left.

After Ed Nelson put Georgia Tech in front one last time on hisfree throws, 67-65, Tomas Nagys answered with foul shots to tie thegame once more.

Marvin Lewis missed a 3-pointer from the right corner on GeorgiaTech's next possession and the ball rolled out of bounds and backto Clemson.

Scott, a fearless senior who's Clemson's top scorer this year,took the inbounds pass, dribbled left across the circle, then backaround right to drill the winning shot.

The 6-foot Scott had taken a shot to the ribs minutes earlierand didn't think he could outjump Nelson. "So I was just hoping toget him up in the air," Scott said. "He controlled himself welland kind of got back on his heels, so I knew I had the chance for aquick shot."

The Yellow Jackets (11-8, 4-4) had plenty of time to recover,but could not. Ed Nelson lost possession, which led to a tie-upsituation with the arrow pointing Georgia Tech's way.

They inbounded one last time, but Lewis' 3-pointer with Scott inhis face bounced away as time ran out.

"We had the last play, but we couldn't take advantage of thesituation," said Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt, whose team haslost its last six on the road. "I thought we had a good look andwent up clean. Unfortunately, it fell short."

Jarrett Jack and Chris Bosh had 15 points apiece for GeorgiaTech. B.J. Elder, who came in averaging 16 points a game, was heldto 10 on 4-of-11 shooting.

It was all Christie for Clemson early on. He had 10 points asthe Tigers built their biggest lead in an ACC game this year,24-11.

But Tech slowly chipped away. Bosh's three-point play capped an18-8 run that cut the lead to 32-29.

Elder, shooting two foul shots for Bosh as he was attended tofor a bloody nose, put Georgia Tech ahead 55-54 for the first timesince it led 2-0.

Shyatt was proud of his team's resolve when it looked likeanother close game - the Tigers lost ACC games to North Carolina,Florida State and Maryland by a combined 8 points - might slipaway. "I've never seen this team fold in a tight game," he said."This ball club has not experienced that and I don't expect themto."

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