Clinch in a zone

Regardless of Tech’s record, you have to marvel at what Lewis Clinch has done lately.

The senior guard has hit 27 of his last 53 3-pointers. He’s averaging 25.8 points over the last four games.

Clinch was in an incredible zone Wednesday night, when he hit 9 of his first 14 threes. “The rim is feeling like it’s as big as the ocean,” he said.

In the postgame press conference, Clinch was quick to credit his teammates for setting him screens and getting him the ball in the right spots.

After finishing classes Wednesday, Clinch headed over to AMC at 2 p.m. and shot for 20 minutes with assistant coach Peter Zaharis. He’s been doing that on gamedays for a few weeks.

“We worked on coming off curls, different cuts, catch-and-shoot, different speeds, quick shots,” he said. “That really helped me get prepared…Basically every shot that I took [in the game], we had worked on.”

Clinch’s defense should not be overlooked. He started out on Miami senior guard Jack McClinton, who came in averaging 22.2 points in ACC games. McClinton scored 13 on 3-for-12 shooting.

Clinch said the most important thing about the 78-68 win was the momentum it could produce.

“We’re not giving up,” he said. “We’re going into Boston College to take another one and get prepared to win this ACC tournament and go to the NCAA tournament. That’s the kind of mindset we have and that’s the mindset we’re going to keep in the locker room.

“I really think our fans believe in us,” added Clinch, who went over to the student section after the game. “I get calls and emails all the time saying, ‘You guys play hard, just keep working and something great will happen for you.’”

Tech suffered two injuries Wednesday night that we’ll update as soon as possible. Iman Shumpert landed hard after being fouled on a drive; he has a hip pointer. Alade Aminu banged his wrist while dunking early in the game. While he stayed in, it affected his touch around the basket.

Another note: Gani Lawal did not start because he was a couple minutes late to the pregame meal, coach Paul Hewitt said. Lawal should start Saturday at Boston College.

“It’s not a major issue,” Hewitt said. “He understood. He had a long day at school and just got a little sidetracked, I think.”

Lawal scored 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting, but grabbed just 2 rebounds.

Of course, one Senior Night win doesn’t change this disastrous season. Tim Crothers, an author and former Sports Illustrated writer, sized up Tech’s problems very nicely in the ACC Sports Journal.

But here’s my question: if Clinch stays hot, can Tech do damage in the ACC tourney?

30 comments Add your comment

Kurt Hoyt

March 5th, 2009
7:39 am

Yes they can do some damage. The way they played last night is what fans have been expecting all year. If they can continue to play like this, they’ll make some noise in the tournament.

Speaking of the ACC tournament, the women, who are the 5-seed in the women’s ACC tournament, start play at 11:00am against Clemson. Should Tech win, they will face North Carolina Friday morning at 11:00am. The women have already won 20 or more games for the third straight season and will likely be in their third straight NCAA tournament. Today’s game is on TV (Fox Sports South) and radio (WREK, 91.1 FM or http://www.wrek.org).

Go Jackets!

KC Kid

March 5th, 2009
8:24 am

It was fun to watch last night. I wish I could say that about the rest of the season.

How’s Shumpert today? He went down pretty hard. Concussion?

Too Easy

March 5th, 2009
8:38 am

It was Miami.

ggodsey

March 5th, 2009
8:40 am

Shumpert is OK. He enjoys going down.

BLAZER

March 5th, 2009
9:03 am

A WIN ALWAYS FEELS GOOD!! WISH CLINCH WOULD HAVE BEEN ON FIRE

ALL SEASON LIKE LAST NIGHT. GO LADY JACKETS TODAY!!

SouthBendJacket

March 5th, 2009
9:48 am

Clinch has been one of the two missing pieces this year. Still have point guard issues, but it seems that our outside shooting funk is going away. Think about the number of close games and what would have happened if Clinch could have shot better in those games and maybe picked up 2 extra 3’s a games. Someone tell me how many we lost by less than 6 points.

Larry Hartstein

March 5th, 2009
10:02 am

KC Kid – The initial report on Shumpert was a hip pointer. We’ll know more today.

SouthBendJacket – Tech has lost 8 ACC games by 8 points or less, including three in OT. Remember the home game against Maryland? Clinch went 1 for 11 and Tech lost by 1 when Clinch missed a 15-footer in the final five seconds. It just took him too long to get going this season…..

E

March 5th, 2009
10:38 am

A little too late for Clinch, his legacy has aready been written as one of the biggest 5-star recruiting duds in ACC history.
Earlier this year, I commented on this blog that Clinch was the worst Senior starter in the ACC and a few hot games with nothing to play for doesn’t change my mind…..

SouthBendJacket

March 5th, 2009
10:42 am

Larry,

Let’s say Lewis hits 3 more 3-pointers in those games, wouldn’t our record be about 19-9? At that point we move off of firing Hewitt and move toward talking about the damage we could do in the tournament. Am I right?

Hey - Too Easy and Ggodsey

March 5th, 2009
11:19 am

45-42. Just a quick reminder. Glad you guys can make it over to the Tech Blogs daily instead of that lame UGA blog. Oh and 409 rushing yards. Don’t know why…but I just felt like saying that. Quick question…do you love willie martinez as much as we do? I’m so glad you guys kept him around. He couldn’t figure out how to teach his players assignment football with a bye week to prepare. Brilliant! Anyways, fellas…as I always say…I’m glad you are on our blog…it means we are in your head. You think about Tech all the time don’t ya. Bet it burns you up inside to think about that game. Oklahoma State will put a hurting on your first game. Bet on that. Also bet on Joe Cox riding the pine by the 3rd game. Without Knowshon and Stafford…I smell two in a row….

I was one (perhaps of many) that was down on Clinch earlier,

March 5th, 2009
11:23 am

and I’m glad he is now in his zone. Hope he stays hot and Tech plays until Sunday in the tourney!

ggodsey

March 5th, 2009
11:24 am

Don’t know why I chose this screen name. I just realized Godsey beat up on my precious Dawgs? Man I’m dumb. Hey why is Godsey holding up 3 fingers here? I don’t get it….sheesh….I need to go back to school…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8eIObwVm9s

GoAwayHewitt

March 5th, 2009
11:53 am

I’m happy for Clinch and a win is a win but we were still played like a Hewitt “coached” team. Since we have no offense anyway, I fully support Clinch as a senior to be as selfish as he wants and shoot it as much as he can until he cools off.

Stat of the night – Miami outrebounded GT 45-23 and 23-1 on the offensive boards. Yup, 23-1! That has to be some kind of record for a team that came out on the winning end. Nice teaching of the box-out Paul.

And if there were some kind of stat on inbounds plays, we would be last in the country without doubt. Zero fundamentals as usual.

For the fellow Hewitt “fans” – here’s a remarkably good blog article from some random dude a year ago who should obviously be our next coach. This could have been written anytime in Hewitt’s GT career most likely and would still be accurate. Enjoy.

http://suckatsports.blogspot.com/2008/01/paul-hewitt-under-radar-terrible.html

yurtle_the_turtle

March 5th, 2009
12:10 pm

I guess if we had just scored an additional 15 points in each game we would be 19-9. If our football team has just scored 20 more points a game we would have beaten UGA 4 of the last 5 years. SouthBendJacket…I REALLY DO appreciate your optimism and such for Hewitt, but this team is terrible and Clinch has been a disappointment most of his career. Hewitt needs to be held accountable for the current state of GT Basketball. And, please remember, we were playing Miami for God’s sake. I was a big fan of Hewitt when he first stepped on campus but 9 years of empty promises have left me with a very bad taste in my mouth. His road record and his ACC record are abysmal. Hang in there, SouthBendJacket I hope you prove me wrong but I wouldn’t count on it. I think next year is Hewitt’s make or break season.

NVJacket

March 5th, 2009
2:06 pm

“I think next year is Hewitt’s make or break season.”

Yurtle, you have mastered the obvious!

SouthBendJacket

March 5th, 2009
2:17 pm

I agree with you about records. My point was to show that one player who was supposed to be the next big thing according to the scouting websites let this team down. You place blame on Hewitt, with good reason. Your facts are very convincing. But is it Hewitt’s fault Clinch shot so poorly this year. If it is then Hewitt must be a genius to get Clinch to finally start making shots. I agree that our offense is too unorganized for me. I like more control and discipline in the offense, but that’s also why I don’t coach a college basketball team.

yellowblood

March 5th, 2009
2:25 pm

At last a Tickle Pile worthy of the name. Everyone was so excited if you get my meaning!!!:-)

KC Kid

March 5th, 2009
3:04 pm

ggodsey,

Sounds like you know. Was that with your wife or your daughter?

KC Kid = UGA pole smoker

March 5th, 2009
3:34 pm

Nope…3 fingers was for 3 GT wins in a row…And some Georgia fan is dumb enough to use that guy as their screen name…Now 2 fingers (which you’ll see on the sidelines this November) does not mean peace. It means Stafford and Knowshon should have stuck around. Joe Cox and caleb king aint gonna cut it lil’ buddy. Keep talking on our blogs by the way…IT ONLY LETS US KNOW WE ARE IN YOUR HEAD. YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT TECH. YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT LAST NOVEMBER. Sad…so sad. Talk about obsessive…we’ve moved on. We’re not on your blog. Why are you on ours?

Kurt

March 5th, 2009
4:01 pm

Hewitt’s right in what he said in the article Larry linked too, when he said he needs to recruit more depth, so if they lose guys to the NBA or to injury, then they have good people to replace them. I’m excited for next year.

Good to see the seniors get a win on senior night.

Dear Larry Hartstein

March 5th, 2009
4:24 pm

Please remove GT66 comments. He is spreading lies and rumors about our team and our school. He is a UGA fan that is upset about the loss in November and hell bent on revenge. Even though this is only a blog. There are players and families of players who read this. GT66 is taking his love of UGA and using it for Hate. Please do whatever you can. Block him. Remove his comments. We’re not on UGA’s blog saying the types of things he’s saying. To you GT66 I say this….I get it lil’ guy. You were picked on your whole life and behind your keyboard you are the anonymous bully that no one can touch. That’s neat man. Really neat. I hope all of these things you say about people make you feel better about yourself as a person. November 29th really changed you didn’t it. I’ll bet every single one of those 409 rushing yards hurt like hell. Doesn’t mean you gotta take that pain out on innocent players. Talk trash about us fans..call us nerds…whatver you think is clever or whatever makes you feel good lil’ tyke. But you don’t know these players. Leave them out of it.

45-42 guys

March 5th, 2009
4:27 pm

Still hurts don’t it. “tickle pile” this and “1 outta 8″ that but it still really hurts deep down don’t it. Get ready for it to hurt again. Joe Cox is not going to lead you anywhere except straight for 2 in a row by the Jackets. Spread all the rumors you want about our players. They’ll just wait till fall to beat you again. That’ll be their revenge and all you are doing right now is fueling the fire.

Larry Hartstein

March 5th, 2009
4:39 pm

Update:

Iman Shumpert missed practice today with a bruised hip. His status for Sat. is uncertain.

Alade Aminu is fine after banging his wrist on the rim Wednesday night. He practiced today.

tech hater

March 5th, 2009
8:25 pm

GA58-gt34ties5 UGA will continue to dominate you so keep hope alive.

Wreckhorn

March 5th, 2009
11:42 pm

Good for Clinch. We are happy he is coming around, even if it’s at the end of the season. It must be especially hard to excel with the dearth of leadership and smart play we’ve seen this year. The AJC is correct to celebrate the few bright spots we’ve seen recently, but it also points out the utter waste of money, time, good will, and loyalty that Georgia Tech and her fans have put in Paul Hewitt. Perhaps he can talk his way out of this season again, and certainly he won’t walk away from the honey deal we gave him, so get ready for another dismal year next season, Jacket Fans. With a stellar recruiting class, we even achieve mediocrity for a season before sinking back down to the cellar. What in his past record, his personal history, or his empty explanations for this (and past) year’s debacle could lead any rational observer, much less loyal fans, to expect him to ever coach this team up again?

FullMetalJacket

March 5th, 2009
11:53 pm

One 9-7 winning record in the ACC. One appearance in the NCAA Final Four (good run, there). Numerous repeated early exits in ACC & NCAA tourneys. Repeated early exits by recruits. Poor graduation rates. Annual underachievement. Dial-it-in coaching and repeated mistakes (repeated over years, not just games). Worst attendance in smallest arena in the conference…again. Failed recruiting agenda. A nice smile. A really fat wallet. A BCA presidency. These are the things that Paul Hewitt has brought to Georgia Tech. His supporters may say we got a bargain. In fact, in this economy and these trying times, it is shameful for Tech to continue to accept so little return for their loyalty, support, and money.

FullMetalJacket

March 5th, 2009
11:59 pm

I was derelict in not commending the team for some gutsy play at times during this difficult season. I can no longer support the coach, but will always support the team and the school. Clinch’s hot streak is a bright spot these past few games. GO JACKETS!!! Keep playing hard.

BuzzBitesDawg

March 6th, 2009
12:02 am

I suppose UGA fans have the right to leave clever comments on this blog. They just don’t have the ability.

KC Kid

March 6th, 2009
7:47 am

KC Kid = UGA pole smoker

Uh Dude…….go to the ggodsey post at 8:40 not 11:24 and you’ll get it.

And don’t you ever call me a dawg fan again. SOB is as low as I’ll get.

KC Kid = Good guy mistaken identity

March 6th, 2009
9:40 am

My bad man, I get so damn angry at these jackasses some times I don’t pay enough attention. Sorry to call you names…especially to confuse you with a dawg fan. There’s just so many on here. Either way, have a great weekend.