The Tigers continued their aggressive play that has been on display so often in this young season. They continued to drive to the basket, they distributed the the ball to Chris Hobbs in the paint, and they were frequent visitors to the free throw line. In following that gameplan, the Tigers narrowed the gap in the closing minutes of the 1st half.
Tony Stockman and Ed Scott then hit two big three pointers in to keep the Tigers within 6 points at the break (41-47).
The interior defense of Chris Hobbs and Ray Henderson also seemed to keep the Blue Devils off balance for a large part of the game. At one point, the Tigers were outrebounding Duke to the tune of 20-6.
The Blue Devils aren't the number one team in the country for nothing though.
Duke started the 2nd half showing more intensity and focus, as a 6 point halftime advantage doubled by the first TV timeout thanks to an eventual 16-5 Blue Devil run. Clemson continued to struggle from the field from that point on, making only one of their first eleven field goal attempts.
Suprisingly, Chey Christie shouldered most of the offensive load as the game came to a close, scoring 15 of his 21 points in the 2nd half.
Duke continued to maintain a 13-19 point lead for most of the 2nd half, but the Blue Devils had to fight against a scrappy Clemson team to the earn the "W" at Cameron this year.
With the loss, the Tigers fell to 5-2 on the year and 0-1 in the ACC.
The Tigers' continued to play aggressively on the boards, outrebounding the Blue Devils by 12.
Duke (6-0) improved to 72-9 in its last 81 ACC games and beat Clemson for the 12th straight time- the last eight coming by double digits.
Clemson registered 22 turnovers as Duke stayed in 3/4 court press for most of the evening.
Tony Stockman struggled offensively, making only of 3 of 14 shots.
FINAL 1ST 2ND TOTAL --- --- ----- CLEMSON 41 39 80 DUKE (1) 47 49 96 FINAL HIGH SCORERS: CLEMSON - CHRIS HOBBS 25, CHEY CHRISTIE 21 DUKE - CARLOS BOOZER 23, JASON WILLIAMS 19