The Clemson Tigers entered Wednesday’s matchup with the number nine ranked Duke Blue Devils on a three-game win streak and having just upset Louisville on Sunday. They wanted to keep their momentum going and they did so in a huge way.
The Tigers are having an improbable season as many picked them to be one of the first four teams left out of the NCAA Tournament. After their second straight win over a ranked opponent, a first to happen since 1988, the Tigers are looking like a real threat to go dancing in March.
The two teams locked horns in the first half of the game with the Tigers controlling most of the tempo despite not leading after a 10-5 run by the Blue Devils early in the half.
Duke freshman Brandon Ingram had a big first half, scoring 15 points while going 3-5 from three point range. Clemson’s Donte Grantham had a big first half, scoring 8 while going 2-3 from beyond the three point line.
The Tigers didn’t lead until late in the second half. They went on a 12-5 run, which was sparked by a three-point shot by Grantham, which tied the game at 50.
The Tigers never looked back from that big run as they went on to win the game, 68-63. While Grantham made some big shots for the Tigers, it was Jaron Blossomgame who had the biggest night for them.
He led all scorers, putting up 17 for the Tigers. Grantham scored 16 and recorded four rebounds, while Landry Nnoko recorded a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
For the Blue Devils, Grayson Allen scored 17 points with four assists. Ingram’s big first half didn’t amount to much in the second as he only scored one point, bringing his game total to 16 on the night.
The Tigers have a chance to pull off a third straight upset as they host the eighth-ranked Miami Hurricanes on Saturday. The Tigers enter the game with an 11-6 record and 4-1 mark in the ACC, which puts them second in the conference behind only North Carolina and Pittsburgh, who the Tigers play next week.
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