Clemson Falls Short Against No. 10 Wake, 71-63


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WINSTON-SALEM, NC -- In the closing minutes, there was a flicker of hope for Tiger fans that Clemson would break its 10 game losing streak at Wake Forest.


Clemson had cut the lead from double digits to 5 on a flurry by Will Solomon and a 3-pointer by Dwon Clifton with 2:33 remaining. On Clemson’s next possession Solomon was called for an offensive foul on a made basket. Clemson (10-8, 1-4 ACC) seemed to lose its momentum from that point on, and No. 10 Wake Forest (14-3, 3-3 ACC) escaped with the 71-63 win.


“We played a smart game, but we didn’t have it at the end, “ said Clemson head coach Larry Shyatt. “If Will doesn’t get called for that foul, maybe we step it up and who knows what would have happened.”


Clemson fell behind early 4-0, but went on a 15-4 run that had them take lead at 19-11. However, the Demon Deacons battled back and recovered, taking take the lead at 23-22 after a three point shot from Broderick Hicks.


Wake Forest would get another basket on the next possession from Hicks and never trail again in the game. Hicks’ 18 points was a season high by 6 and was 2 points from a career high.


The Tigers were only down 36-33 at the half after a lay up from forward Dustin Braddick at the buzzer.


“We had a great opportunity today to take someone’s spot in the ACC,” said Shyatt. “We could have jumped over Georgia Tech.”


Clemson was lead in scoring by Will Solomon with 30 points.


Clemson will next take on Georgia Tech Wednesday night at Littlejohn Coliseum.


BOXSCORE


(10) WAKE FOREST 71, Clemson 63

CLEMSON (10-8)

Clifton 1-4 0-0 3, Hobbs 0-2 2-3 2, Henderson 1-5 2-2 4, Solomon
9-17 7-9 30, Scott 3-8 4-4 10, Stockman 2-6 2-2 8, McKnight 0-1
0-0 0, Braddick 2-2 0-0 4, Nagys 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 19-48 17-20
63.

WAKE FOREST (14-3)

Howard 6-10 4-5 16, Songaila 4-12 1-4 9, Shoemaker 2-5 1-2 5,
O'Kelley 2-9 1-2 6, Murray 0-1 0-0 0, Hicks 6-9 2-2 18, Hamilton
2-3 0-0 6, Scott 2-4 1-2 5, Dawson 2-8 2-4 6. Totals 26-61 12-21
71.

Halftime-Wake Forest 36-33. 3-Point goals-Clemson 8-18 (Solomon
5-11, Stockman 2-3, Clifton 1-1, McKnight 0-1, Scott 0-2), Wake
Forest 7-19 (Hicks 4-6, Hamilton 2-3, O'Kelley 1-6, Howard 0-2,
Dawson 0-2). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Clemson 31 (Hobbs 13),
Wake Forest 40 (Howard 10). Assists-Clemson 11 (Scott 7), Wake
Forest 19 (Songaila 5). Total fouls-Clemson 22, Wake Forest 18.

A-12,115.


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