With free-throw deficiencies, Georgia Tech tries to end slide vs. Clemson

The problems are many for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, who will try to end a five-game losing streak Tuesday night at No. 24 Clemson.

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Two issues have become increasingly detrimental to the Yellow Jackets – their difficulty in getting to the free-throw line and making shots when they actually get there. Tech has taken a total of 28 free throws in its past three games – home losses to Pittsburgh, N.C. State and Syracuse.

It dropped the Jackets’ average to 15.2 free throws per game, third fewest in the ACC. Tech’s opposition shot a combined 58 free throws in the three games. In league play, the Jackets’ average is 12.2 free throws per game, which is second fewest in the conference. A year ago, the Jackets were 14th in free throws per game in ACC games at 13.4 per game.

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“I’ve got to tell our guys to keep driving because we do need to get to the free-throw line more because as much as we’re struggling to score, we’re not getting to the free-throw line much,” coach Josh Pastner said Monday on the ACC coaches teleconference.

Tech’s other free-throw problem is its accuracy. Of the Jackets’ 28 free throws in the past three games, they made only 11 of them, 39.3%. That dropped Tech’s season rate to 69.1%, last in the ACC.

In Tech’s first game against Clemson this season, a 79-66 loss to the Tigers at McCamish Pavilion on Dec. 21, the Jackets were 11-for-18 from the line, and Clemson was 12-for-13.

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