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Clemson Athletic Communications - Tuesday, February 25, 2014 9:08 PM
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WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Clemson led 44-42 in the second half but Wake Forest produced a 13-2 run to take control in a 62-57 win over the Tigers on Tuesday at Lawrence Joel Coliseum. The Tigers fell to 17-10 with the loss and 8-7 in the ACC. The win bumped Wake Forest to 15-13 overall, 5-10 in league play.

"We got out of character a little bit, settled for too many jump shots against a zone and we didn't respond as well as we needed too," said Clemson head coach Brad Brownell. "Our best player had a tough night, he hasn't had many, but tonight was a night where he struggled a little and we didn't have enough other guys to play well to carry us in the second half. Nnoko was in foul trouble, that's a problem and Wake was able to capitalize. They executed very well offensively Jeff and his staff has recruited some very good young players their sophomore class is really good. Those guys played with a lot of confidence."

K.J. McDaniels struggled Tuesday, posting 10 points on just 3-of-11 field goals with four turnovers. In his stead, Clemson looked to emerging junior Damarcus Harrison, who posted a team-high 15 points. Harrison continued his recent hot streak by making six of 12 shots, 3-of-7 from three. Rod Hall was a third Tiger to reach double figures with 10 points.

"He [McDaniels] was having some problems," said Brownell. "I know something happened in the middle of the game and he was trying to get some treatment while the game was going on. I don't know exactly what it was nobody told me that he couldn't play but obviously probably affected him because he's normally a better player than he was tonight and shoots the ball a lot better than he did."

Clemson shot 50 percent in the opening half, but fell victim to 36 percent in the second half. The Tigers also committed 13 turnovers, which led to 11 Wake Forest points. The Tigers, who came in leading the ACC in free throw percentage, shot just 5-for-13 at the charity stripe Tuesday.

The Tigers finish out the regular season with three home games next week, starting Sunday with Maryland’s final visit as an ACC foe. The Tigers and Terrapins tip off from Littlejohn Coliseum at 1 p.m.

Postgame Notes

TEAM

* Clemson's 62-57 loss at Wake Forest snapped a five-game winning streak for the Tigers over the Demon Deacons.
* With the loss, Clemson fell to just 2-19 all-time in Lawrence Joel Coliseum.
* Clemson's 37.5 percent free throw mark Tuesday was a season-low and program-low in 123 games under Head Coach Brad Brownell.
* Clemson had a 15-0 advantage in second chance points Tuesday, its largest margin of the season. It was also the first time this season Clemson did not allow a second chance point.
* Wake Forest shot 55.3 percent, the third time an ACC opponent has shot 54 percent or higher against the Tigers this season.
* For the first time in the 2013-14 season, Clemson lost a game when leading at halftime. The Tigers were 12-0 entering Tuesday's contest.

INDIVIDUAL

* K.J. McDaniels reached double figures in the scoring column for the 24th time in 27 games. He finished with 10 points.
* McDaniels saw his eight-game streak of multiple blocks snapped, but did have one to extend his overall streak to nine games with at least one.
* Rod Hall posted double figures for the 14th time this season, 10 more than he had his entire career entering 2013-14.
* Hall made multiple three-pointers Tuesday, the sixth time this season he made at least two, all on the road.
* Damarcus Harrison extended his streak of games with at least one three-pointer to six, a career-long streak.
* Harrison scored double figures for the third straight game, the first time he has done that in his career (88 games).
* Jaron Blossomgame posted nine points, his high point total since scoring 10 in a win at Florida State on Feb. 1.
* Ibrahim Djambo blocked his first shot since the Pittsburgh game on Jan. 21 and took his second charge of the season Tuesday.



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