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“I thought we didn’t quite have the energy that we needed early,” said Clemson coach Brad Brownell, whose team was picked by ACC media to finish 14th in league play. “We didn’t make any major adjustments; we just guarded harder.”

Miller pitched in 14 points and eight rebounds before fouling out.

The Jackets took a 29-23 lead to halftime with Golden’s return to form.

He was averaging a team-high 14.6 points per game when he suffered a groin injury in a Feb. 1 game at Wake Forest. In his last three games, the Tennessee transfer scored a total of five points and missed two games entirely.

The native of suburban Atlanta made two 3-pointers in the first half Saturday to surpass that total with six points, and Miller was dominant inside with 10 of his points and five rebounds.

The Yellow Jackets led for the final 11:19 of the half after a 3-pointer by Georges-Hunt.

But Georgia Tech entered the game lagging the entire 15-team ACC in turnover margin (-3.46 per game), and that bugaboo caught up to the Yellow Jackets in the second half in the form of a 9-5 deficit. In the first half, Tech committed six turnovers to Clemson’s eight.

“We guarded the ball harder and made them push out further on the court,” Harrison said. “They got sloppy with a couple of passes, and we got hands on some passes.”

The Jackets helped with several lackluster plays.

“When you have that many (turnovers) in that amount of time, there’s probably a lot of different reasons … I think it was a multitude of sins that created those,” Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory said after the Tigers swept the two-game season series.

“If it was just one thing, it would be a lot easier to figure out.”