Tigers grab first ACC win

CLEMSON - Mark down Andre Young for one more big-time buzzer beater.

The junior knocked down a long 2-pointer in front of the Clemson bench as time expired on the Tigers' final shot clock in Saturday night's 79-72 win over Miami.

"It was just a big shot," Young said. "I was pretty frustrated throughout the game, and the first half. All my shots felt good, but they weren't going in."

Coming out of a timeout three minutes earlier, Young hit a 3-pointer, his first make after missing the first four from behind the arc.

Brad Brownell said that made bucket gave Young confidence on the shot down the stretch.

"Andre, he's got a free reign with me. He's going to take a few wild shots once in a while, because at 5-9, and 3-point shooter, you've got to," Brownell said. "Because he does that, he can make shots like that.

"In all honesty, those are the ones that can win games."

With the win, Brownell picks up his first ACC victory, and Clemson improves to 11-4 (1-1).

"I think this is just another step for us getting better as a team," said Jerai Grant, who finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Three others scored in double-figures. Demontez Stitt had a team-high 20, Milton Jennings came off the bench to score 12 and Young had 11.

After starting 3-of-14, Clemson hit 5-of-7 from behind the 3-point line in the second half.

The Tigers shot 59 percent from the field and 82 percent from the charity stripe (14-of-17) after halftime.

"We executed, offensively, great in the second half. That was good to see, because we've won a lot of games, defensively," Brownell said. "Tonight, I think we won with our offense."

With Young and Stitt on the bench with three fouls each, Brownell was without his starting guards for a critical five-minute stretch in the second half.

First-year scholarship players Cory Stanton and Zavier Anderson formed the Clemson backcourt, during which Miami went on a 13-6 run.

Stitt and Young returned with the Tigers clinging to a 52-51 lead.

"We were just trying to hold the lead until they came back in and do what they do," said Anderson, who provided a spark off the bench during his 12 minutes on the floor.

He scored four points, grabbed three rebounds, blocked two shots and dished out two assists.

All in a day's work for the former walk-on from Mauldin.

"It gets everybody excited," Young said of Anderson's role off the bench. "It gives us a lot of spirit, really gets us hyped up to really lock up on defense and execute on offense."

Defensively, Clemson held Miami big-man Reggie Johnson was held to just six points on 1-of-3 shooting from the field.

"We did a good job of limiting his touches. I thought our post guys did a good job of keeping it out of there some," Brownell said. "The game gets going a little bit one way, sometimes, and you can forget about post players."

Guards Durand Scott and Malcolm Grant scored 24 and 15, respectively.

"I do credit our guys for some good defense tonight," Brownell said.

Clemson and Miami meet again on Feb. 20 when the Tigers head down to Coral Gables.

Georgia Tech visits Littlejohn Coliseum at 7 p.m. on Tuesday night.

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