The Clemson Tigers rallied from a 6-point deficit in the final minute and a half of regulation Monday night, and then rallied to defeat East Tennessee State 100-86 in overtime.
Sharrod Ford and Shawan Robinson led the way in the scoring department with 21 points and 19 points respectively. Ford actually had a double double by halftime.
NBA prospect Zakee Wadood led ETSU with 24 points and a school record 10 steals.
The Bucs jumped ahead early in the game, highlighted by a 9-1 run to open the contest. Clemson would rally however behind some sharp three point shooting by Olu Babolola and Ford in the low post to take a 42-41 halftime advantage.
The second half was back-and-forth, as neither team could establish a lead of greater than 7 points.
With Clemson trailing by 6 in the final two minutes of the game, a Vernon Hamilton steal and quick layup helped pave the way for the Clemson rally.
Olu Babolola would tie the game at 82 on a short jumper with 8.9 seconds left in regulation.
ETSU had a strong chance to win the game on their ensuing possession, but point guard Tim Smith's layup fell harmlessly off the rim as time expired.
Clemson dominated in overtime, outscoring East Tennessee by an 18-4 margin.
"This was a big win for us obviously because we won the game," head coach Oliver Purnell said afterwards. "But not only did we win a game, we won a tough game against a very good team. That team is going to win a lot of ball games this year."
The Tigers return to action Wednesday night against the nationally ranked Cincinnati Bearcats. The road game is set to tipoff at 8 PM.
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