Tigers Hang Tough but Terps Win

The Clemson Tigers, entering the game as 19 point underdogs, gave the Maryland Terrapins all they could handle Sunday evening, but in the end, it wasn't enough. The Terps would take the lead for good with just over 3 minutes left and win the game going away, 99-90.

After rallying from an 11-point 2nd half deficit behind some incredible 3-point shooting, Maryland went ahead for good with just over 3 minutes left in the game on a Juan Dixon 3-pointer from deep in the corner.

Dixon would hit another back-breaking 3-pointer only seconds later to give the Terps a commanding 6-point lead with just over 2-minutes left.

Clemson would falter down the stretch, failing to score on 3 consecutive possessions, and Maryland would hit all of their free throws down the stretch to prevent a comeback.

The first half of the game treated fans to quite a show as the Tigers and Terps battled it out behind a furious up tempo, slashing to the basket, type of style. Maryland would go into the break with a 52-48 lead.

Maryland would then outscore Clemson 10-3 in the opening 4:08 of the second half to seemingly take control of the game.

Lonnie Baxter started the surge with an inside power move and Dixon capped it with a one-handed dunk off a fastbreak that gave the Terrapins their largest lead at 62-51.

However, the Tigers would answer with a 12-1 run capped by Dwon Clifton's layup that tied the game at 62 with just over 8 minutes left.

The game would go back and forth for the next 5 minutes before Maryland would go on a 16-7 run to finally put the Tigers away.

The Terps were led in scoring by Juan Dixon with 23 points and Lonnie Baxter with 21.

With the loss, Clemson falls to 11-8 on the season and 2-4 in the ACC. Maryland improves to 14-3 and 4-1 in the conference.

The upcoming week could be the most important of the season for Clemson, as the Tigers have two very winnable games against Florida State (away) and North Carolina (home). With two wins, the Tigers could pull back to .500 in the conference at 4-4 and talks of a postseason birth might start to seem to be a realistic possibility.

Box Score:
  Maryland Clemson
POINTS 99 90
FIELD GOALS 33 - 72 (45.8%) 31 - 69 (44.9%)
3-POINT FGs 11 - 26 (42.3%) 15 - 28 (53.6%)
FREE THROWS 22 - 36 (61.1%) 13 - 23 (56.5%)
REBOUNDS (Off-Def) 40 (16 - 24) 50 (19 - 31)

Other Notes:
All 5 Clemson starters scored in double figures for the 2nd consecutive game.

The Tigers turned the ball over 16 times, compared to only 6 turnovers for Maryland.

Tony Stockman led the way with 22 points (6-13 from three point range).

Ed Scott also scored 20 points (5-8 from three point range) along with 7 rebounds and 8 assists.

Ray Henderson recorded his 8th double-double of the year. The Tigers made 16 of 28 3-point attempts (53%).

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