It just keeps getting better for the Clemson basketball team. The Tigers went on a late offensive spurt while clamping down defensively on Duke in a 72-64 win inside a sold-out Littlejohn Coliseum. The win pushed the Tigers to an all-time best 7-0 ACC record, extended their league regular season winning streak to 11 and handed coach Brad Brownell his 400th career victory.
The Tigers held the Blue Devils without a field goal for the final 5:07. At that point, the Tigers led 58-56. They then went on a 7-1 run attacking the Blue Devils inside with three layups and a free throw. Duke make just one of their last 11 shots and missed their final six.
Clemson, which has been the ACC leader in three-point shooting, made just three of 17 from deep but made up for that by scoring 42 points in the paint and 28 on layups.
Duke led by eight points in the first half and four points at the half. The lead went back to 8 at 44-36 five minutes into the second half. The Tigers caught up at 46-46 on a layup by Ben Middlebrooks with 11:43 to play. The game was tight for the next six minutes until Clemson put on their final run to put the win away.
PJ Hall led Clemson with a season high 26 points in 27 minutes on 10-16 shooting. He had one of the Tigers’ three three-pointers, and for the second time this season went through a game without committing a foul.
Galloway hit the other two three-pointers and finished with 17 points. The Tigers won despite Hunter Tyson scoring a season low seven points.
Kyle Filipowski led Duke with 18 points before fouling out.
The Tigers broke a three-game losing streak to the Blue Devils who still lead the all-time series 112-33. They are now 15-3 overall and 7-0 in the ACC.