Wednesday, January 23, 2008

TUESDAY HOOP

#25 CLEMSON 80, WAKE FOREST 75

It wasn't pretty.

Cliff Hammond's three-point play with just over a minute to go in overtime gave No. 25 Clemson the lead for good as the Tigers beat Wake Forest 80-75.

Terrence Oglesby hit two 3-pointers in the extra period, with each one putting Clemson (15-4, 3-2 ACC) back in the lead.

TAH WARNING -- SIT DOWN BEFORE YOU READ THIS: The Tigers hit five of their six free throws in overtime, including two foul shots by K.C. Rivers that provided the final margin with five seconds to go.

Clemson made just 7-of-16 free throws in the game, while Wake Forest only made seven of its 15 foul shots.

The Demon Deacons (12-6, 2-3 ACC) led 62-54 with just over five minutes to go in regulation before Clemson scored the next 11 points to take a 65-62 lead into the final minute.

The end of regulation looked like a game of hot potato with both teams recklessly throwing around the rock to no avail. They had 42 turnovers between them for the game.

Ultimately, the difference was three-pointers. Clemson made 7 of 19 (36%), while the Demon Deacons made only 4 of 18 (22%).

Clemson's James Mays tries to shoot as he gets pressure from Wake Forest defenders Ishmael Smith, left, and David Weaver during the first half. (AP Photo/Patrick Collard)

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