THE FLATS – Jose Alvarado and Michael Devoe combined to score 33 of Georgia Tech’s 68 points and the Yellow Jackets pulled away for their fifth-straight home win, a 68-59 triumph over visiting Clemson on Tuesday evening at McCamish Pavilion.
Alvarado overcame an injury that forced him to momentarily leave the court midway through the first half to score 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting (3-of-5 from 3-point range). Devoe scored 14 points to go along with six rebounds and a game- and career-high eight assists.
Georgia Tech (14-14, 8-9 ACC), which led wire-to-wire in its previous three home wins over Morehouse (Jan. 28), Virginia Tech (Feb. 4) and fifth-ranked Louisville (Feb. 12), was behind for only 10:25 of Tuesday’s 40 minutes. The Jackets closed the first half with a 9-2 run to take a 34-29 halftime lead and never trailed after the break.
Aamir Simms led all scorers with 23 points for Clemson (14-13, 8-9 ACC).