- Associated Press - Friday, March 14, 2014

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Still smarting from letting a game slip away in overtime, Clemson refused to let it happen again.

Damarcus Harrison scored six of his 12 points in the final minute of OT to help the Tigers beat Georgia Tech 69-65 in the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament Thursday night.

Clemson blew a five-point lead in the final seconds of what became an overtime loss to Pittsburgh five nights earlier in the regular season finale that gave the Panthers the No. 5 seed in this tournament.

“The guys didn’t want the same thing to happen from the Pitt game,” Clemson’s Jaron Blossomgame said. “We didn’t want to come out in overtime and have them jump on us early. We just had to hold our composure and go out there and compete like we did in the second half.”

All-ACC guard K.J. McDaniels scored 18 points on 4-of-15 shooting to help the sixth-seeded Tigers (20-11) earn their second ACC tournament victory since 2008.

Next up: No. 7 Duke (24-7), the tournament’s third seed, on Friday night in the quarterfinals.

Clemson beat the Blue Devils in their only regular-season meeting 72-59 on Jan. 11 and Harrison called that one “our best win so far.”

Trae Golden scored 23 points and Robert Carter Jr. added 13 points for the 11th-seeded Yellow Jackets (16-17).

Daniel Miller sent Georgia Tech to overtime for a second-straight night by hitting a fadeaway jumper that tied it at 55 with 0.9 seconds left in regulation.

“Our guys showed a pretty good amount of fight,” Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory said.

Harrison put Clemson ahead to stay when his full-court layup with 44.1 seconds left in OT made it 63-62.

Tech’s Corey Heyward was called for an offensive foul for colliding into Harrison while handing off to Golden with 26.9 seconds left. Harrison hit four free throws in the final 26.1 seconds, sandwiching those sets around a pair from Landry Nnoko, to put the Tigers up 69-62.

Golden then hit a meaningless 3-pointer with 2.6 seconds left for the final margin.

Rod Hall had 10 points for the Tigers, who held Georgia Tech to 37 percent shooting and haven’t allowed a team to reach 70 points in regulation since North Carolina did it on Jan. 26.

They beat Georgia Tech three times this season by a combined 16 points.

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