Thursday, February 28, 2008

CLEMSON 79, MIAMI 69

Stop the presses: Clemson made 23 of 34 free throws (67.7%).

They were also 10 of 16 (62.5%) from behind the arc.
K.C. Rivers scored 19 points and Clemson rallied back to beat Miami 79-69 after squandering all of a 21-point lead.

The Tigers (20-7, 8-5 ACC) won 20 games for the second straight year and guaranteed themselves a non-losing ACC record for the first time in 11 years.

This milestone win didn't come easily.

Clemson was ahead 33-12 in the first half and still led 43-28 with about 18 minutes left. But, behind leading scorer Jack McClinton, the Hurricanes (19-8, 6-7) used a 32-16 surge to get back in it.

When McClinton swished a 3-pointer with 6:47 remaining, Miami had its first and only lead of the game, 60-59. That's when Clemson shook off its funk to regain control.

Clemson's Demontez Stitt, right, battles for a rebound against Miami's Anthony King during the first half of the basketball game in Clemson, S.C., Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008. (AP Photo/Patrick Collard)

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