Tigers fall to Rutgers

The Tigers give up a seven-point second-half lead to fall to Rutgers in the ACC/Big Ten challenge Monday night.

BOX SCORE: Rutgers 69 Clemson 64

Junior Etou scored 20 points and Myles Mack added 12 points and eight assists to lead Rutgers to a 69-64 win over Clemson on Monday night in the Scarlet Knights first ever game in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Rutgers (4-3) used a 16-2 run to overcome Clemson's biggest lead in the game after Jaron Blossomgame's layup with 7:42 left put the Tigers (4-3) up 55-48.

Etou immediately answered with a 3-pointer that started the run. The Scarlet Knights, playing their third game in four days, scored on six of their next seven possessions.

A 3-pointer from Kadeem Jack put Rutgers up for good at 58-57 with 4:29 left. Etou scored seven points during the run, and Jack had five points.

The Tigers missed seven of eight shots during the decisive run.

After going 0-for-13 on 3-pointers in a 45-26 loss to No. 7 Virginia on Saturday, the Scarlet Knights' first four shots were behind the arc. They hit three of them, and an easy layup by Junior Etou on a nice pass from Myles Mack put Rutgers up 11-5 in the first three minutes. Rutgers shot 36.8 percent (7-of-19) on 3-pointers Monday night.

Clemson climbed back in it, taking its first lead at 26-25 on a Landry Nnoko dunk off the inbounds with just under four minutes to go. They slowly stretched the lead out to seven in the second half before Rutgers made its run.

The Scarlet Knights forced 12 turnovers and gave away the ball just three times. Before Monday, their fewest turnovers were eight in a win over Vanderbilt. Rutgers also had 16 assists on 25 baskets.

Damarcus Harrison led Clemson with 15 points, while Blossomgame had 12 points and 10 rebounds for his third consecutive double-double.

The Tigers are now 9-6 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

TIP-INS
Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights are 53-143 against ACC teams, but most of those games came against Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Louisville and Notre Dame when they were all in the old Big East. Rutgers has never beaten Duke, Virginia or Florida State from the ACC and has never played Wake Forest.

Clemson: The Tigers are 9-6 all-time in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge with wins over Northwestern, Penn State, Ohio State, Minnesota, Purdue, Illinois and Iowa. Senior guard Rod Hall had no problems with a sprained ankle he suffered, missing almost all Friday's win over High Point. Hall played 36 minutes Monday.

UP NEXT
Rutgers is at Seton Hall on Saturday.

Clemson hosts Arkansas on Sunday.

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