Tigers' rally falls short versus Blue Devils

Clemson's Rod Hall gets the ball stripped from his hands as he drives the lane for a last second shot attempt against Duke on Friday in an ACC Tournament quarterfinal game at the Greensboro Coliseum

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Clemson's Rod Hall gets the ball stripped from his hands as he drives the lane for a last second shot attempt against Duke on Friday in an ACC Tournament quarterfinal game at the Greensboro Coliseum

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Clemson had the benefit of a healthy K.J. McDaniels, partisan crowd, home court advantage and 48-30 rebounding edge when it defeated Duke 72-59 back in January at Littlejohn Coliseum.

None of those ingredients were available in the quarterfinals of the ACC Basketball Tournament – and yet the Tigers still almost pulled off a monumental victory.

Hall talks foul call

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Rodney Hood sank two free throws to put Duke ahead 63-62 with three seconds remaining, and Rod Hall failed to draw a foul while driving the lane on the last possession, allowing the Blue Devils to escape and advance on Friday at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Clemson battled from wire to wire, watching Duke build leads as large as 13 in the second half.

However, the lower seed heated up from the floor in the second half, hitting nearly 67 percent of its shots to get right back in the chase.

After the squad found its shooting touch they put themselves in position to pull off the upset when Hall scored on a jumper with: 09 to play.

That gave Brad Brownell’s charges a 62-61 lead and set the table for a wild finish.

The Blue Devils charged up court after the basket and Hood went inside, losing control. K. J. McDaniels, though, was whistled for a foul with three ticks remaining.

Hood connected on both free throws, and ultimately that was the difference.

“They got a call and we didn’t,” Clemson coach Brad Brownell said.

It appeared Hall might have been fouled by Rasheed Sulaimon in the paint at the other end after the charity tosses, but the whistle never blew – only the final horn.

“Coach got me the ball knowing I’d make something happen around the rim,” Hall said. “It was a no call, so you deal with it.”

The No. 6 seed Tigers (20-12) will now head back to Pickens County where they’ll likely earn an NIT bid on Sunday, while Duke (25-7) faces North Carolina State today in a Tobacco Road semifinal.

Jabari Parker led the winners with 18 points, followed by Hood (17) and Sulaimon (14).

Hall had 13 Clemson points and McDaniels finished with 11.

Other double digit Tigers were Jordan Roper (11) and Landry Nnoko.

The Blue Devils won the battle of the boards, 34-25.

Neither team had much success shooting the ball in the first half, with the Blue Devils going 12 of 30 from the field and the Tigers hitting just 8-of-22 shots.

'Duke gets calls'

'Duke gets calls'

After Duke moved ahead 10-3 Clemson got right back in it, getting a bucket and free throw from Jaron Blossomgame, a slam courtesy of Nnoko and a Roper jumper to pull to within three at 13-10.

Moments later a Roper 3-pointer, followed by his six consecutive free throws, pushed Clemson on top 19-17. The advantage held until a Hood dunk gave Duke a 27-25 lead with 59 seconds left in the half and a Parker slam at the 29 second juncture lifted Krzyzewski’s team to a 29-25 advantage.

That’s how it stood at the break, with very little separating the teams.

Roper led all scorers at halftime with 11 points and Parker led the way for Duke with 10.

“That was a bruising game,” Krzyzewski said. “Points were hard to come by. Brad’s done one of the great jobs in the country coaching his team.”

 

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Comments » 7

BlueRidgeBengal writes:

Exhibit A- Why I do not cheer for Duke in any sport, at any time, or any place.

84tele writes:

Wow, just wow. And they laugh at me when I say its a conspiracy.

BlueRidgeBengal writes:

you try not to leave it in the officials hands but when they make the exact call only seconds earlier you'd hope for the same.

KIMOSAMI (Inactive) writes:

Great call by Brownell.

Lousy no-call by the officials.

(Ditto what Blue Ridge Bengal says re Duke, above).

clmtgr92 writes:

When the first thing out of the Sportcenter host's mouth is "Let's look at the 2nd to last play again" you know we got screwed. Even they thought that Duke's Hood tripped over his own feet. The no call on Hall was the right call, however, it should have never gotten to that point. It should have been Clemson ball, up 1 with 3.8 seconds left.
If this game had been the 1st of the 4 played yesterday, no foul would have been called (in Duke's favor). Seeing how UNC and Syracuse both lost, the ACC didn't want Duke out as well. Yes, I am claiming Triangle favoritism. I recently flew next to a former ACC basketball ref, who confirmed there was a bias to the NC based teams.

putter2 writes:

Having been a BB official for 25 years and watch officiating more than most, I can truly say that Clemson deserved to win the game and the officials denied them the victory. Having watched in slow motion it was no excuse for blowing several calls, especially the last two. These officials should be suspended and ACC needs to clean up their mess with their biases. There is terrible officiating through-out the country and Womens BB is horrible to say the least. I am sorry for the Tiger fans, coaches, and players who deserved more. What a shame.

FlopEye writes:

in response to clmtgr92:

When the first thing out of the Sportcenter host's mouth is "Let's look at the 2nd to last play again" you know we got screwed. Even they thought that Duke's Hood tripped over his own feet. The no call on Hall was the right call, however, it should have never gotten to that point. It should have been Clemson ball, up 1 with 3.8 seconds left.
If this game had been the 1st of the 4 played yesterday, no foul would have been called (in Duke's favor). Seeing how UNC and Syracuse both lost, the ACC didn't want Duke out as well. Yes, I am claiming Triangle favoritism. I recently flew next to a former ACC basketball ref, who confirmed there was a bias to the NC based teams.

Frank Mcguire and Paul Dietzel tried, in 1971,
to get you clowns to stand up to the ACC and
stop the " Big 4 " bias. Clemson and maryland
had promised they would stand with USC and, if
unable to get changes, leave the ACC. When
the ACC refused to make these changes, USC
left, expecting Clemson and Maryland to back
them up and leave also. Many people thought this
action would force the ACC to treat the other
members fairly. Clemson and Maryland must have
felt that by back stabbing USC, they would gain
favor with the " Big 4 ". So, y'all left USC
out to dry, smugly grinning at each other.
All you gained was the contempt of the ACC. You don't gain respect by bowing down and licking the boots of the John Swoffords. Look at how the
ACC added an extra year of sanctions against
Clemson in 1981. Pull the stats on your basket-
ball games against Duke and UNC for the last
40 years. Both at home and away. You have been
screwed not in this game, but for decades.
Yes, I'm a USC fan, but one of my sons is a
Clemson grad, so I probably sent a heck-of-a
lot more money to Clemson than the " Taters" that
will disparage me for these comments.
And I will "smugly" enjoy every one of them.

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