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Clemson 75, Georgia Tech 74

Clemson Sam Perry tries to hold onto the loose ball Clemson Sam Perry tries to hold onto the loose ball
Clemson's K.C. Rivers drives for the basket Clemson's K.C. Rivers drives for the basket
Georgia Tech's Javaris Crittenton hits a reverse-dunk Georgia Tech's Javaris Crittenton hits a reverse-dunk

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.

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