FINAL SCORE: Clemson 89, Maryland 77.
TURNING POINT: Clemson guard K.C. Rivers nails a three-pointer from the left wing with 16:47 left in the game to give the Tigers the lead for good at 52-20. From that point, Clemson went on a 19-1 run to extend its lead to 68-51 with 11:03 to play.
CLUTCH PLAY: Tigers guard Shawan Robinson did everything a senior is supposed to do when his team is down. He picked up the slack for an injured Vernon Hamilton and led all scorers with 24 points. He made 5-of-10 three-pointers, had five assists and four steals in 37 minutes. He was without question the best player on the floor Tuesday night.
BONEHEAD PLAY: How's this for a night's work? In 15 minutes of play, Maryland guard Sterling Ledbetter was 0-for-4 from the field for 0 points. He also had five turnovers and five fouls.
HOLY COW: The Tigers made 15-of-33 free throws, including 14-of-18 over the final eight minutes to secure the win. Over its last five games, Clemson has made 72-of-93 (77.4 percent). Not bad for a team that was percentage points from being the worst free throw shooting team in the country.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: No question it goes to Robinson, who put the team on his shoulders and carried them to a desperately needed victory.
POSTSEASON OUTLOOK: For the second straight season, Clemson has become eligible for postseason play. The worst the Tigers can finish is 15-15, which would qualify them for the NIT. Of course, they kept their NCAA hopes alive by winning Tuesday night. Clemson needs to win its last four games and probably one in the ACC Tournament to sneak into the Big Dance.
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