Clemson followed an all too familiar script in its latest near miss in ACC play, losing 64-62 to Maryland Tuesday night in front of a sparse crowd at Littlejohn Coliseum. Just like they have done in practically every one of their six conference losses, the Tigers rallied back from a double digit lead only to fall just
The Tigers have now lost four ACC games by three points or less, including each of their past two.
“We were on the edge of the cliff fighting, we just couldn’t hang on,” said Tigers coach Brad Brownell. “It’s tough when you are scratching and clawing your way back.”
AUDIO: Brad Brownell postgame
Clemson fell into a 14 point hole in the second half in large part because of extremely poor shooting. At the midway point of the second half the Tigers were shooting just 29 percent from the floor. Meanwhile the Terrapins were hitting almost everything they put up, especially from three. The Terps shot 48 percent for the game, that includes an 72 percent (8-11) from three. They made all six of their three point attempts in the second half.
But, as they have done all season, Clemson battled back. With 11 seconds to play and the Tigers trailing by three Andre Young was fouled attempting a three pointer. Young is an 88 percent free throw shooter this season, but he missed two of the three attempts.
AUDIO: Andre Young postgame
“It hurts when a kid like Andre misses his chance, because you know how much work he’s put into it,” Brownell said. He wants to win and he wants to be in those situations.”
Young’s misses at the line were deflating, but the Tigers still managed to extend the game and had a chance to win it at on their final possession, albeit a low percentage chance. Down two and facing the task of going the length of the court in just two seconds, Young’s attempt from just across the timeline rimmed out sealing the loss.
Brownell said Young is taking the loss hard.
“He’s not going to be okay tomorrow. You want guys like that, because it means he cares. You just hate it for them. We just have to make sure he recovers from it.”
Young led the Tigers in scoring with 15 points. Devin Booker scored 14 and Milton Jennings also had 14 in his first game back from an academic suspension. Maryland was led by Terrell Stoglin’s 27 points. Stoglin only needed 11 shots to hit that mark.
AUDIO: Devin Booker postgame
Clemson falls to 11-12 and 3-6 in the ACC. The Tigers are back on the court Saturday at Wake Forest.