Tigers Top Terps in Double Overtime

Photo Credit to Nathan Gray of "The Orange and White"

Photo Credit to Nathan Gray of “The Orange and White”

In the final game in which Maryland would come to Littlejohn Coliseum as an ACC opponent, the Tigers sent the Terps off to the Big Ten with an incredible double overtime, 77-73 win. An despite trailing to the Terps early in both the first and second halves, the Tigers figured out a way to come back and earn a hard fought victory. Clemson did so behind an offensive explosion that included star forward KJ McDaniels post 26 points,with Landry Nnoko adding 11, and Demarcus Harrison and Rod Hall continuing their hot streaks with 10 and 16 points respectively. Hall hit a clutch shot in the first overtime that was originally ruled a three point basket, but was subsequently overturned and ruled a two pointer. This meant Clemson was only up by three points instead of four points, so Evan Smotrycz of Maryland was able to tie the game up with a three pointer with nine seconds left in overtime. Tiger fans voiced their frustrations at the officials loudly after this call, as they had done throughout the game. Clemson was able to secure a lead in double overtime and keep the Terrapins at arms length to get the win. The Tigers move to 9-7 in the ACC, sitting in at the sixth spot in the conference. Clemson has two final games before the ACC tournament begins. Both are home games. Tuesday, the Tigers face Miami and Saturday the Pitt visits Littlejohn. The Tigers continue to fight for a bid to the NCAA tournament. ACC teams that Tiger fans need to keep an eye on are the Florida State Seminoles and the North Carolina State Wolfpack, are ranked above Clemson in the RPI. Clemson currently sits at a 72 RPI. A win vs Miami would help Clemson to not drop in the RPI, and a win over Pitt would help Clemson rise in the poll. Clemson alumni, fans, and students should take these last two chances to come out and support this team that has exceeded expectations and has a lot to play for.