CLEMSON, S.C. - James Mays had 16 points, including the game-winning layup with two-point-two seconds to go, and Number 23 Clemson became Division One's only unbeaten team with a 75-to-74 victory over Georgia Tech today.
The best start in 20 years for the Tigers (16-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) was in serious trouble when Javaris Crittenton scored with six-point-five seconds left to put Georgia Tech ahead 74-to-73.
But Mays caught the inbounds pass at midcourt and dribbled down the left side of the lane before putting up his soft banker off the glass. Mouhammad Faye put up a desperation heave that missed for Georgia Tech (11-4, 0-2), which has lost its last 14 games on its opponents court.
Clemson students and fans rushed the court, swarming Mays and his teammates in celebration. Top-ranked U-C-L-A lost 68-to-66 to Number 16 Oregon earlier today to leave Clemson as the lone unbeaten. K-C Rivers added 20 points and Cliff Hammonds had 17 for the Tigers, who can match the school record for best start set by the 1986-87 team when they go to North Carolina State on Tuesday night.
Crittenton scored a career-high 22 points for Georgia Tech, which played without guard Lewis Clinch, who had been averaging 13 points a game. The sophomore guard was suspended for the season yesterday for a violation of "Institute policy," according to the school.