No. 18 University of Miami Hurricanes (13-3, 3-2) traveled to No. 19 Clemson University Tigers (15-2, 4-1) who tore them apart 72-63. Miami kept things tight most of the way until the Tigers got hot from the outside once again.
Clemson capitalized on the game with 34 rebounds and 13 assists while Miami had 29 rebounds and 5 assists. Hurricane’s junior Anthony Lawrence II and freshman Lonnie Walker IV tied for 16 points in the match up against Donte Grantham who held the game with four 3-pointers gaining 18 points.
When tied at 44-all, Donnal, the graduate transfer from Michigan shot for a tie-breaking 3. With another one from behind the arc, Clemson gained a 50-44 edge with 9:56 left in the game.
Senior Marcquise Reed’s 3-pointer with 1:41 left pushed Clemson above and beyond 63-57 later opening up a 13-point lead in the final minutes.
By using their timely, long-range shooting – a season high twelve 3-pointers – Clemson held on in the Top 25 matchup.
Miami had 30 of their points in the paint and 17 of the 37 rebounds came on the offensive glass.
Returning home, the Hurricanes will face No. 7 Duke Monday night while Clemson gets its last chance to break their 0-for-58 mark in Chapel Hill against North Carolina Tuesday night.
By Cierra Loomis