Tigers Stay Alive with Miami Win

Tigers Stay Alive with Miami Win

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Tigers Stay Alive with Miami Win

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Clemson picked up their second ACC road win of the year and kept their NCAA tourney hopes alive with a 63-59 victory over Miami Sunday afternoon.

Andre Young led Clemson with 18 points including several crucial free throws down the stretch.  Demontez Stitt added 17 and Jerai Grant 12 for the Tigers.

Clemson shot 43 percent for the game including 45 percent from three.  The most important stat of the day was 18-21 from the free throw line including 9-10 in the final 1:16 seconds.

The Tigers ran out to a 6-4 lead in the first 4 minutes of the game.  Miami responded with a 6-0 run to take the lead 10-6. 

Andre Young hit a three with 10:11 to go in the half to tie the game at 11.  Clemson went on a 7-2 run.  When Bryan Narcisse hit a pair of free throws the Tigers led 18-13 with 8:27 to go. 

The Canes responded with another 6-0 run to retake the lead 19-18.  The Tigers responded with an 8-3 run to take the lead 27-21 with 3:42 to go in the half.

Miami finished the half on a 7-1 run to make the score 28-27 at the half.

Andre Young and Devin Booker led the Tigers with six points each at the half.

Clemson shot 42 percent from the field in the first half and 60 percent from three.  Miami shot 50 percent in the first half from the field.

The teams traded baskets for the first five minutes of the second half.  With 15:00 to go Clemson led by one.  Miami built a three point lead at 40-37 with 13:07 to go. 

The Canes stretched the lead to five with 9:16 to go.  The Tigers fought back to take the lead 46-45 on two Demontez Stitt free throws with 7:34 to go. 

With 4:48 to go the Tigers trailed 54-50.  Andre Young hit a three-pointer to put the Tiger back in front 55-54 with 2:08 to go.  The Tigers would hit 9-10 free throws down the stretch to get the victory.

Clemson moved to 18-9 on the season with the win and 7-6 in the ACC.  The Tigers return to play Wake Forest at home next weekend.

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