Hot start propels Clemson past Georgia Tech

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Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019

ATLANTA (AP) -- Marcquise Reed scored 19 points and Clemson kept up its domination of Georgia Tech, sweeping the season series with a 65-42 blowout Wednesday night.

The Tigers (14-8, 4-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their third straight game and beat the Yellow Jackets for the 17th time in their last 21 meetings, including a 72-60 victory when the teams played last month at Clemson.

Georgia Tech (11-12, 3-7) lost its fourth in a row.

Clemson took control with a 24-6 run in the first half, turning an early 6-5 deficit into a commanding 29-12 lead. Six players scored during the spurt, led by Reed with six points. Elijah Thomas and David Skara chipped in with five points apiece.

The Yellow Jackets closed the gap to 33-24 at halftime but didn't have nearly enough offensive weapons to overcome such a hefty deficit. The home team made only nine of 31 shots inside the 3-point arc and finished at 30 percent overall from the field.

Skara and Aamir Simms scored 13 points apiece for Clemson, which shot 49 percent.

James Banks III led Georgia Tech with 13 points to go with seven blocks -- all in the first half. Brandon Alston added 11 points.