Maryland outscored Clemson 21-8 in the first eight minutes of the second half and went on to a 72-59 win over the Tigers Saturday afternoon in College Park. The loss is Clemson’s fifth in its last six games and drops the Tigers to 13-13 overall and 5-9 in the ACC. Maryland improves to 19-8 and 7-7. The Terps are 16-2 at home this season.
Maryland led just 35-32 at halftime and Devin Booker opened the second half with a layup to pull the Tigers to within a point. But Clemson would hit a three and a half minute scoring drought and the Terps would build a lead of 56-40. Clemson never got closer than ten points the rest of the way.
“I thought Maryland played pretty well today to be honest with you, and we didn’t play well enough to win,” said Clemson coach Brad Brownell.” “We had spurts of good play, I thought we had about 3 or 4 stretches for six minutes where we played well. Maryland’s ability to rebound the ball offensively certainly was problematic, and their size made it hard for us to score inside. We turned the ball over a few times against the press, which was probably a little bit of a factor as well.”
Devin Booker led Clemson with 16 points and Jordan Roper added 13. Milton Jennings had 10 points and 9 rebounds. Maryland’s Nick Faust led all scorers with 18 points.
Clemson will be back at home Thursday night to face North Carolina