Georgia Tech erased an 18-point second-half deficit to beat Clemson, 88-85, in overtime Wednesday. It was the biggest comeback win in the ACC Tournament since North Carolina came back from 19 down to beat Miami in 2011.
How were the Yellow Jackets able to do it?
“In a game like that when you get down big, as a team, you just understand it doesn’t come in one or two possessions,” Georgia Tech guard Adam Smith said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “At that point, it’s all about chip away, executing our offense, getting stops and big rebounds on defense. That’s what we did. Fortunately we had time, and when it came down to it, we made plays.”
Smith and his backcourt running mate, Marcus Georges-Hunt, combined for 51 of Georgia Tech’s 88 points. Smith drilled four threes and finished with 23, while Georges-Hunt went 15-of-16 from the line to finish with a game-high 28 – not to mention a game-high six assists.
That duo has been pivotal for Georgia Tech (19-13), which started the year 13-12 but has since won six of seven, with the only loss coming by three points at Louisville.
“It took some time to just get over that hump,” Smith said. “Once we got over the hump, we understood what it took and exactly what we did to make that happen. Ever since then, we’ve just been kind of riding that wave, riding that momentum, and just improving. We have a lot of fight in us, still have a lot of fight in us. We still have so much more to give.”
The Yellow Jackets will face Virginia (24-6), the fourth-ranked team in the country, in the ACC quarterfinals Thursday. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. ET.
“We didn’t even play our best basketball today,” Smith said. “I think that gives us a lot of hope and a lot of confidence moving forward. It just feels good to lace them up and go out there and play. We’re going to give it our all for sure.”