Hot-shooting Tigers Fall Short at No. 3 Maryland


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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - While there's no such thing as a moral victory, Clemson's
99-90 loss Sunday night at Maryland proved at least one point:


When Larry Shyatt's young Tigers put it together, they can make any game
interesting.


The third-ranked Terrapins (14-3, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) overcame
Clemson's long-distance onslaught in the first half and a determined rally in
the second to win for the eighth consecutive time over the Tigers. But the
outcome at Cole Fieldhouse remained in doubt until inside the game's final
two minutes.


"Yes we have improved, clearly," Clemson head coach Larry Shyatt said. "But
there's a lot of disappointment in that locker room. (Maryland) has an answer
at every position. They're not No. 3 for some unknown reason. The talent is
there."


Leading 52-48 at the break, the Terrapins opened the second half seemingly
intent on burying the Tigers before the first television timeout. Clemson
(11-8, 2-4) went without a field goal for almost the first five minutes of
the half and quickly found itself down by as many as 11 points.


But timely 3-point shooting and a ferocious attack on the boards allowed
Clemson to battle back, and with 2:47 left the Tigers trailed just 86-85.


But Maryland senior guard Juan Dixon hit a pair of big shots within the next
minute - including an open 3 from the right wing - to pad the lead and help
the Terps pull away for the victory.


"We were down (11) there, but instead of folding I thought we took it to them
and got back in the game," Shyatt said. "We dominated the glass (64-50
rebounding advantage) against a very talented and experienced ballclub. We
had a wonderful opportunity with (2:47) to play, but let it slip away."


Dixon, who was held to just 10 points in Maryland's loss to Duke last week,
let the Terps with 23 points. Lonnie Baxter added 21.


Clemson kept itself in the game during the first half with an amazing display
from behind the 3-point arc. The Tigers hit 11-of-16 (69 percent) in the
half, with Tony Stockman and Ed Scott nailing four each and Jamar McKnight
three.


Clemson finished the game 15-of-28 from behind the arc, tying a school record
for most 3-pointers made in a game.


All five Clemson starters scored in double figures for the second consecutive
game, led by Stockman's 22. Scott followed with 20, McKnight 19, Chris Hobbs
12 and Ray Henderson 11.


The Tigers hurt themselves from the free throw line, however, hitting just
13-of-23.


Clemson is back in action at 8 p.m. Thursday, traveling to Florida State.


BOX SCORE


Clemson (11-8)	 48 	 42 	90
Maryland (14-3)	 52 	 47 	99

Clemson
PLAYER       	MIN	FGM-A	FTM-A	OFF	REB	AST	PF	PTS
J. McKnight     31	6-11	4-7	3	6	4	5	19
C. Hobbs        30	4-9	4-7	4	9	1	4	12
R. Henderson    29	4-8	3-4	2	13	0	3	11
T. Stockman     37	8-16	0-0	2	4	2	2	22
E. Scott        40	7-17	1-2	1	7	8	1	20
T. Nagys        10	1-1	0-0	1	2	1	5	3
S. Ford         9	0-3	1-3	2	3	0	4	1
O. Babalola     3	0-1	0-0	1	2	0	0	0
C. Christie     3	0-1	0-0	1	1	0	0	0
D. Clifton      8	1-2	0-0	1	1	0	3	2
Totals        	200	31-69	13-23	18	48	16	27	90
                   	.449	.565	 
TEAM REBS: 2
TURNOVERS: 16 (Scott 5, R Henderson 4, Hobbs 2, Nagys 2, Stockman 2, Mcknight)
BLOCKED SHOTS: 6 (R Henderson 3, Mcknight, Ford, Babalola)
STEALS: 1 (Hobbs)
3-PT FGS: 15-28, .536 (Mcknight 3-4, Stockman 6-13, Scott 5-8, Nagys 1-1, 
Babalola 0-1, Christie 0-1)

Maryland
PLAYER     	MIN	FGM-A	FTM-A	OFF	REB	AST	PF	PTS
B. Mouton       28	4-8	2-2	0	4	3	3	14
C. Wilcox       28	7-15	3-5	7	14	1	1	17
L. Baxter       32	8-17	5-12	2	5	2	4	21
J. Dixon        37	8-18	3-3	2	2	2	1	23
S. Blake        32	1-5	0-0	2	4	13	3	3
A. Collins      2	0-0	0-0	0	0	0	0	0
D. Nicholas     21	4-7	4-5	0	4	6	2	14
R. Randle       7	1-1	1-3	1	3	0	1	3
T. Holden       13	0-1	4-6	0	0	0	3	4
Totals        	200	33-72	22-36	14	36	27	18	99
                      	.458	.611	 
TEAM REBS: 4
TURNOVERS: 6 (Blake 2, Baxter, Collins, Dixon, Holden)
BLOCKED SHOTS: 8 (Baxter 3, Holden 2, Wilcox, Nicholas, Randle)
STEALS: 8 (Baxter 3, Dixon 3, Blake, Wilcox)
3-PT FGS: 11-26, .423 (Mouton 4-6, Dixon 4-10, Blake 1-5, Nicholas 2-5)

Technicals: None
Attendance: 14,500 

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