Scott's 24 Not Enough as Miami Falls at Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) – Jerai Grant had 18 points and Demontez Stitt 17 as Clemson won its seventh straight game 79-72 over Miami on Saturday night.
Grant added 11 rebounds for his third double-double this season and Stitt had 11 of his points in the second half, including five in a 12-0 run to start the half for the Tigers (12-4, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Miami (11-5, 0-2) got within 74-71 on Durand Scott’s banker with 1:16 left, but Andre Young followed with a high, floating basket as the shot clock ran out to extend the Tigers’ lead.
Scott finished with a game-high 24 points for his seventh career 20-point scoring game and fourth of the season.
After leading by one at the half, the Tigers extended their lead to as many as 13 points in the second half before the Hurricanes tightened things up.
Malcolm Grant’s 3-pointer drew Miami to 57-55 with 8 minutes left before Stitt and Milton Jennings hit a pair of long-range shots to increase Clemson’s lead.
Scott powered the Hurricanes’ final charge with a running banker to bring his team within 3.
Miami could get no closer.
Miami had won nine of 10 to close 2010 before losing at No. 1 Duke 74-63 this past Sunday.
The Hurricanes closed the first half with a 10-2 run as their talented New York City backcourt took control.
Malcolm Grant, of Brooklyn, hit two foul shots and a jumper, and Scott, also from the city, hit four free throws in the final 70 seconds to cut the lead to 34-33.
It marked the first time this season that Miami dropped two games in a row.
He tied his career high with 12-of-13 shooting from the line, sinking his first 12 shots from the charity stripe versus Clemson. After shooting just 67 percent from the line as a freshman, Scott is now converting 86.6 percent this season — including hitting 35 of his last 38 free throw attempts.
Adams All the Way
|D. Scott||24||Points||18||J. Grant|
|R. Johnson||8||Rebounds||11||J. Grant|
|G. Adams||3||Assists||5||T. Smith|
Getting Your Guard Up
Miami’s guards accounted for 54 of Miami’s 72 points (75 percent) this evening. Durand Scott (24), Malcolm Grant (15), Garrius Adams (14) and Rion Brown (1) combined for those 54 points, while Miami’s remaining players knocked down 18 points. UM managed just 14 points in the paint, compared to 24 by Clemson.
Edge on the Glass
The Hurricanes were out-rebounded for just the sixth time this season, with the Tigers building the 34-27 advantage on the glass en route to 17 second-chance points compared to just eight for UM. That seven rebound deficit ties a season high for the ‘Canes, who were previously out-rebounded by that amount in a win over Rice on Dec. 22.
The Hurricanes turned over the ball just eight times versus the Tigers, tying a season low.
Coming Up Next
Miami returns home to the BankUnited Center for three of its next four games, beginning with its ACC home opener versus Boston College on Sat., Jan. 15, at 6 p.m. The game will also be televised live on ESPNU.