Miami’s defensive persistence forced another opponent to score below their season average, but only two Canes scored in double figures in their 58-54 loss at Clemson Tuesday night.
Rod Hall scored 14 points and had six assists to lead Clemson.
With the win, the Tigers (19-10, 10-7 Atlantic Coast) can clinch the fifth seed in the ACC tournament with a win Saturday over Pittsburgh. Clemson was picked to finish 14th in the league before the season started. The Tigers can also win 11 league games for the first time in 61 ACC seasons.
The Tigers, the second best free throw shooting team in the league, missed back-to-back 1-in-1s in the final minute. But Landry Nnoko blocked a shot that could have pulled the Hurricanes within two and Jaron Blossomgame pulled down an offensive rebound on Harrison’s miss to let the Tigers hold on.
Rion Brown led Miami (15-15, 6-11) with 21 points. Erik Swoope also scored 14, the senior’s fourth straight game in double figures. The Hurricanes will likely need a win Saturday over Wake Forest to get an ACC tournament bye.
Miami’s first points came at the 19:04 mark on a Garrius Adams layup. Erik Swoope’s 14 points extended his scoring in double-figures streak to four games, the longest of his career.
Nine of Miami’s twelve players have registered at least five starts. Garrius Adams is the only Cane to start every game (30). James Kelly scored two points in his return to the Canes rotation. It was the Junior’s first game since 2/15/14 against Virginia Tech.
Rion Brown scored in double-figures (21) for the 12th straight game and 24th time this season and Garrius Adams and Rion Brown are enjoying the fruits of their labor, building on their personal season highs.
SOURCE: Miami Athletics