Tigers Fall to #9 Duke

The Clemson Tigers continued their mid-season tailspin in a 65-55 loss to the Duke Blue Devils Sunday evening at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The loss moves the Tigers into a tie for last place in the ACC with bottom dweller Florida State.

Dahntay Jones scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half Sunday as the 9th-ranked Blue Devils beat Clemson for the 15th straight time, 65-55.

The loss not only drops the Tigers to 12-7 overall and 2-7 in conference play, it also moves Clemson into a tie for last place in the ACC with Florida State.

Duke bolted out of the gate to an 11-point lead, thanks in part to some cold Clemson shooting and poor ball handling in the backcourt. The Tigers shot just 3-of-14 from the floor and had a mind-boggling 10 turnovers in the first 11 minutes Sunday night.

Despite the slow start, Clemson remained in the game and actually closed to within 4 points in the closing moments of the first half. However, Duke would add 2 late baskets in the closing minute to go ahead by 9 headed into the locker room.

The Tigers opened the second half with a 9-2 run, closing the Blue Devil lead to just 1 point with just over 17 minutes remaining in the game.

However, the Blue Devils would respond with a quick 12-0 burst that essentially would keep Clemson from mounting any serious threat the rest of the way.

Daniel Ewing started the spurt with a monster 3-pointer and leading scorer Dahntay Jones ended it with a driving lay-up to give Duke a 47-34 lead with 10:49 left in the game.

Clemson would never get closer than 9 points the rest of the way.

Chey Christie led the Tigers in scoring for the 2nd consecutive game with 17 points, with 15 of those came in the second half. Ed Scott added 11 and Chris Hobbs poured in 10 to close out all the double figure scoring for Clemson.

Despite the loss, head coach Larry Shyatt remained positive in his post game press conference.

"For me, it's far more frustrating when my ball club is a large underdog and we just don't play well and we don't play aggressively, we don't have the eye of the tiger," Shyatt said.

"I thought my guys played some pretty good basketball out there."

The Tigers' next game will Wednesday night against arch-rival South Carolina in Columbia.

The victory moved Duke into a second-place tie with Maryland, which lost at Georgia Tech earlier Sunday afternoon.

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