Overtime at Clemson wrecks Ga. Tech

February 07, 1992|By Knight-Ridder News Service

CLEMSON, S.C. -- In Georgia Tech's first overtime game of the season at Clemson, the Yellow Jackets learned a very valuable lesson: Avoid overtime at all costs.

Even a Clemson basket in the final 30 seconds of regulation -- while the score was tied at 71 -- would have been better than what happened to Georgia Tech Wednesday night in overtime.

Clemson (12-6, 2-5 in the Atlantic Coast Conference) used the extra period to score 24 points -- one shy of the NCAA record for most overtime points -- to earn a 95-78 victory over the Yellow Jackets.

The longer the game dragged on, the worse the situation became for Georgia Tech. The same thing can be said for the Yellow Jackets season. Georgia Tech (15-7, 3-5) has lost five of its last eight games. Also, the scene of the latest setback was familiar. Georgia Tech has lost six consecutive games in Littlejohn Coliseum.

Georgia Tech coach Bobby Cremins couldn't bear to watch the final minute of overtime, so he sat back in his courtside chair with his face in his hands. "I don't know what happened," he said.

The period started ominously for the Yellow Jackets with a turnover and then an offensive foul by senior guard Jon Barry. Within one minute and 30 seconds, Gray scored an uncontested layup, Sharone Wright tipped a ball in after three tries and Chris Whitney hit a three-point shot to give the Tigers a 78-72 lead.

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