Clemson battled Maryland until the final buzzer Saturday afternoon, but came away with another road ACC loss. The Terps held off the Tigers in the final seconds 79-77.
Demontez Stitt led the Tigers with 20 points. Jerai Grant added 15 and Andre Young scored 14. Devin Booker had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
The Terps shot well from three hitting 57 percent. Maryland shot 34 free-throws while the Tigers only shot 16.
The Tigers went inside early to Jerai Grant who struggled for only two points earlier in the week against North Carolina. Clemson took the lead 7-5 early as Stitt tipped in a miss from Booker. Young followed with a three-pointer in transition to put the Tigers up 10-5.
The Terps fought back after they off a missed field goal and a Clemson turnover to cut the lead to 1 at 10-9. Milton Jennings came in and quickly had two straight turnovers as Maryland regained the lead 11-10.
Maryland went on a 7-2 run to stretch the lead to 18-13. The Terps continued the run and built the lead to 26-13 before Stanton hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to ten.
DeAndre Hopkins entered his first ACC game with 6 minutes to go in the half.
Andre Young cut the lead to 35-29 with 4:30 to go, but Maryland responded with a three and stretched the lead back to 11.
Clemson finished the half with a strong run to cut the lead to four at 40-36. Jerai Grant and Andre Young each had nine points in the first half, while Demontez Stitt added eight. The Terps shot 54 percent from three in the first half.
Maryland opened the second half with a 9-5 run to stretch the lead to eight at 49-41. The Tigers cut the lead to three on a Devin Booker three-pointer.
With 10:35 to go Maryland stretched the lead back to 56-50. Devin Booker responded with a jumper to cut the lead back to four.
Andre Young missed two open three-pointers on a possession with 8:35 to go that could have cut the lead to one. Maryland responded with a basket to stretch the lead back to 60-54. With 6:30 to go Grant scored inside and was fouled. He missed the line, but the Tigers got the rebound and went inside to Grant who scored again and was fouled. Once again Grant missed from the line, but the lead was cut to one at 61-60. The Terps responded with two baskets to stretch the lead back to five at 65-60.
Clemson kept fighting back in the final minutes, but could never get the lead. Demontez Stitt had two three point plays in the final minutes and Cory Stanton added another.
The Tigers had one final chance to take the lead with 1.6 seconds remaining. Demontez Stitt missed a long three at the buzzer that would have given the Tigers the win.
The Tigers fell to 13-6 with the loss and 2-3 in the ACC. Clemson returns to Littlejohn Tuesday night when they battle NC State.