Tampa Bay Sports Day

ACC: Clemson Outlasts Miami, 72-63, at Littlejohn Coliseum

CLEMSON, S.C. – The No. 18/19 Miami men’s basketball team dropped a 72-63 decision at No. 19/17 Clemson Saturday afternoon in front of a packed house at Littlejohn Coliseum. Lonnie Walker IV and Anthony Lawrence II led Miami (13-3, 2-2 ACC) with 16 points apiece.

Chris Lykes added 13, while Dewan Huell scored 10. Donte Grantham paced Clemson (15-2, 4-1) with 18 points.

Making his third career start, freshman Walker IV scored 16 points while matching a career-high with 29 minutes of playing time. It marked his second-most points at Miami and his fifth game in double figures. Walker also tied a career high with seven rebounds.

Lykes reached double figures for the third time in four ACC games and the sixth time this season. Lawrence II scored a season-high 16 points. Previous was 14 against North Florida.

Clemson shot 12-for-21 from 3-point range and 16-of-17 at the free-throw line. The Tigers were 22-for-50 (.440) from the field while limiting Miami to 38.1 percent (24-for-63). The Canes hit on 6-of-23 3-point attempts and 9-of-18 at the charity stripe.

Miami hit 8 of its first 12 shots but struggled for the remainder of the first half, knocking down three of its final 13 attempts to trail, 34-30, at intermission.

After falling behind by as many as eight points early in the second half, Miami used a 10-2 run while holding Clemson scoreless for over five minutes to tie the game, 42-42, at the 12:59 mark. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Mark Donnal gave the Tigers a six-point lead and the momentum.

The Canes clawed back to within two, 56-54, on a Walker 17-footer and again at 58-56 on a Huell putback slam, but back-to-back Clemson 3-pointers late gave the Tigers a commanding 9-point lead, 66-57, with just under a minute remaining.

Miami has a quick turnaround, playing No. 7/6 Duke at 7 p.m. Monday at the sold-out Watsco Center. ESPN will televise the game.

‘CANES NOTES:  Miami trailed at the half for just the second time this season… hitting 8 of its first 12 shots, then was 3 for its final 13 to end the half… Miami shot 38.1 percent, its third lowest output of the season….the Hurricanes turned the ball over eight times, matching a season low.