QUOTEBOARD: Tigers win in double OT

CLEMSON - It's March. At this point, they're all must-wins, especially for teams like Clemson that are fighting for a spot on the NCAA Tournament bubble.

In Sunday afternoon's double overtime win over Maryland, Clemson had the look of a team that wants to get its point across to the tournament selection committee. Led by K.J. McDaniels' 26 points, 14 rebounds and six blocked shots, the Tigers sent the Terps packing with a 77-73 win.

"We have a lot of mistakes we have to correct, but the fight that everybody has when we get in grimy games is amazing," McDaniels said.

Indeed. Against ACC teams this season, Clemson is 4-1 in games decided by four points or less.

"I thought we showed a ton of resiliency, especially throughout the last 8-10 minutes of the game," Brad Brownell said. "We got down, had a little lead and lost it late in regulation, but guys fought back and made plays."

Rod Hall played a big part, too, adding 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

"Coach talked about it as a big win, because if we win this game, we'll be in the top half of the ACC and we've still got a chance to make it to the NCAA," Hall said. "We've just got to keep winning."

Big minutes for Rod & K.J.

"I really don't think about being tired. I just want to be on the court as much as I can. Coach wants me to stay on the court because I run the team well. I really don't think about being tired." - Hall

"It was just a mental thing. We come here to win every game. Why not try to get it, no matter how tired you are." - McDaniels

"It's trust. I was going to let those guys ride it out and try to win with those guys. They were in a pretty good rhythm." - Brownell

Bounce-back after WF loss

"It's extremely big for us. We're a young team. We have a lot of mistakes we have to correct, but the fight that everybody has when we get in grimy games is amazing. It shows the next step for our team." - McDaniels

"In that game, I thought for the first 20 minutes, we played very poorly. We had all kinds of breakdowns and couldn't get it figured out. Some of the poor offensive shooting probably got into our heads a little bit. We practiced well the last two days. I thought we were going to play well today. I knew it would be a hard game. I think Maryland is very talented, especially offensively. There's stress on your defense when they have as many shooters as they do out on the court. They did make nine threes, but they were 9-for-32, 28 percent. That was huge in the game." - Brownell

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