MIAMI — Clemson University men’s basketball overcame a 10-point deficit in the second-half and held a one-point advantage but were beaten at the buzzer to fall by one at Miami.
The Tigers (15-9, 5-6 ACC) were led by three double-digit scorers, including Marcquise Reed’s team-high 19 points. Reed finished a perfect 9-for-9 at the foul line. Elijah Thomas finished with 16, while Shelton Mitchell posted 15 in the loss. Thomas grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.
Clemson held a two-point advantage at halftime and took a three-point lead with 17:13 left in the second half following an Aamir Simms 3-pointer. Up by three, the Hurricanes (11-13, 3-9 ACC) then engineered a 13-0 run to take a game-high 10-point lead.
The Tigers clawed back and finished off an 8-2 run with two free throws from Reed to take a 64-63 lead with 1:11 left in regulation. Miami’s Zach Johnson got a highly contested shot to drop with 0.4 seconds remaining to clinch the win for the Hurricanes.
Clemson returns to the floor on Saturday, Feb. 16 when it travels to No. 16 Louisville for a 12:01 p.m. tip from the KFC Yum! Center.