Tigers Fall at Top Ranked Duke

The Clemson Tigers kept things close in Durham for most of the game, but it wasn't enough to pull off the upset over the nation's top ranked team. Sharrod Ford led the way for Clemson with 19 points, followed by Shawan Robinson with 18 as the Tigers fell at Cameron Indoor Stadium, 81-55.

Top ranked Duke was coming off an emotional 83-81 overtime win at rival North Carolina last Thursday night, and the Blue Devils looked flat as expected through the early stages of Sunday night's game against Clemson.

It wouldn't it last.

The Blue Devils used a 14-0 run to turn a tie game near the end of the first half into a comfortable working margin, before coasting in for the 26-point victory.

With the win, the Blue Devils have improve to 20-1 overall, and a 9-0 in the ACC. Clemson meanwhile falls to 9-11 overall and 2-7 in the conference. Sophomore guard J.J. Reddick led the way for the Blue Devils with 23 points.

Sharrod Ford scored 19 points to lead the Tigers, while Shawan Robinson added 18.

Freshman Luol Deng matched his career-high with 22 points for the Blue Devils, who notched a 20-win season for the 8th straight year. Duke has also won 17 consecutive games overall and 38 straight at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

"We played an excellent basketball team and we didn't bring our A-game with us," said head coach Oliver Purnell afterwards. "Sharrod gave us a good inside presence. Shawan obviously shot the ball well, but at that point guard position we have to have a good effort on both sides of the ball."

After jumping out a quick 9-point lead at halftime, the Blue Devils scored the first five points of the second half to move ahead by 14. The Tigers would get no closer than 10 the rest of the way.

Clemson will next battle Wake Forest at Littlejohn Coliseum this Thursday evening. Tip-off is set for 7:00.

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