Yale came into Wednesday night's game losers of two straight games, with their last loss being to Division III Macalester.
Yale's Paul Vitelli made three 3-point field goals in a 45-second span late in the second half to lead the Bulldogs to the upset win. It was Vitelli's only points of the game.
After trailing by as many as 5 points with 3 minutes remaining, Clemson would rally behind a Tony Stockman 3-pointer and a Ray Henderson putback.
Looking at a 2-point deficit with less than 10 seconds left, Ed Scott turned the ball over by throwing a pass out of bounds on a drive down the baseline. It would prove to be too much to overcome as Yale would hit their free throws to seal up the win.
Scott finished the game 0-9 from the field with 10 assists. Dwon Clifton also struggled from the field, missing all 6 of his shots.
On a positive note, Tony Stockman led all scorers with 22 points as he has seemingly emerged from his early season shooting slump. Stockman finished 6-of-9 from 3-point range.
The Tigers also recorded a very impressive 22 offensive rebounds in the loss.
"I'm not sure we didn't play hard, and I'm not sure we didn't rebound and do most of your hustle stats that are usually supportive of getting good intensity. But the final score, the results takes you back. We needed a tenth win. Ten-and-3 in non-conference puts you in a pretty good position," said Head Coach Larry Shyatt.
FINAL 1ST 2ND TOTAL --- --- ----- YALE 24 44 68 CLEMSON 27 38 65 FINAL HIGH SCORERS: CLEMSON - TONY STOCKMAN 22 YALE - MATT MINOFF 16, EDWIN DRAUGHAN 16
Yale's Edwin Draughan keeps control of the ball as Clemson's Tomas Nagys loses his footing while Clemson's Tony Stockman looks on during the first half Wednesday. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)
|Clemson's Sharrod Ford, left, draws the foul from Yale's Josh Hill (25) as Yale's Matt Minoff (10) gets caught in the middle during the first half. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)|