Terps Escape Tiger Upset Bid, 104-92


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Chirs Hobbs attempts the shot between two Maryland defenders.

CLEMSON - The last thing Maryland expected if it could score 100 against
Clemson Tuesday night was a game.


No. 17 Maryland outscored Clemson 104-92 in front of 4,000 at Littlejohn
Coliseum, but didn't put the game away until the final minute when the Terps
were 8-8 from the line and Clemson couldn't hit a 3-pointer.


"I was surprised, to be honest, that they could stay with us playing that
way," said Maryland coach Gary Williams.


Only once has Maryland (10-3 overall, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) scored
that many points more points on the road in the Atlantic Coast Conference
(the Terps scored 104 against Duke in 1975) and Clemson (9-5, 0-1) had not
given up 104 points in a conference game at home in six years. Still,
Clemson was prepared for a track meet.


Will Solomon scored 32, hitting seven of 11 from 3-point range. He had just
one look at the basket in the final minute, however.


Clemson went on a 9-2 run to cut the lead to 96-92 with a 3-pointer by Will
Solomon with 1:51 left in the game. Clemson, however, didn't score again.
The Tigers missed four 3-pointers while Maryland hit eight straight free
throws in the final 1:39 of the game.


"Every game I've been involved in here has been close, so I don't know why I
should be surprised by this," said Williams.


Clemson took its first lead of the night, 67-65, on a 3-pointer by freshman
Dwon Clifton with 16:59 left in the game.


Maryland got into foul trouble was forced to go to a zone midway through the
half and slow down the tempo. Terp guard Steve Blake was called for his
fourth foul with 15:42 left in the game and five Maryland players finished
with at least three fouls.


Clemson didn't score for nearly four minutes while Maryland slowed the pace.
Chris Hobbs hit a free throw with 8:05 left in the game. Maryland scored
seven points during Clemson's drought.


Clemson pulled within one (83-82) on a 3-pointer by Solomon with 9:24 left
in the game. Maryland went on a 7-1 run to take a 90-83 lead with 7:12 left
on a pair of free throws by Juan Dixon.


Clemson didn't score four nearly four minutes after a free throw by Chris
Hobbs with 8:05 left in the game. Maryland slowed its offensive pace and
scored just seven points during Clemson's drought. Ray Henderson hit a free
throw to cut Maryland's lead to 92-84 with 4:22 left.


"I think we let people know we can score and it's going to be hard for
people to press us if that's their game," said freshman guard Tony Stockman,
who finished with 12 points for the Tigers.


Clemson scored 56 points in the first half, more than it's scored in a half
this year, yet still trailed by three, 59-56.


Maryland hit six of its first eight shots and took an early 14-6 lead, but
Clemson never let the game get away although Maryland led by as many as ten
in the first half. The Terps led 24-14 lead on a 3-pointer by Danny Miller
with 13:48 left in the first half. Clemson then went on a 9-0 run to cut the
lead to 24-23 on a lay-up and free throw by Chris Hobbs with 12:18 left in
the half.


Maryland had nine turnovers in the first half and three in a two minute span
to help Clemson erase a six point lead. Clemson went on a 6-0 run to tie the
game, 39-39, with 6:11 left in the half on a 3-pointer by Will Solomon, who
finished the first half with 19 points.


Juan Dixon scored 18 and Lonny Baxter scored 17 in the first half. Terp
guard Steve Blake spent much of the first half on the bench with foul
trouble. Maryland hit 62 percent of its shots in the first half.


BOX SCORE


(17) Maryland 104, CLEMSON 92

MARYLAND (10-3)

Mouton 5-8 5-6 17, Morris 8-16 7-7 26, Baxter 8-10 8-8 24, Dixon
8-14 4-5 22, Blake 0-1 0-2 0, Nicholas 1-6 2-2 4, Miller 2-3 1-1
6, Cephas 0-0 0-0 0, Mardesich 1-4 3-5 5, Wilcox 0-0 0-0 0.
Totals 33-62 30-36 104.

CLEMSON (9-5)

Henderson 2-3 1-2 5, Clifton 3-5 0-0 7, Allenspach 3-6 3-4 9,
Solomon 10-18 5-7 32, Scott 3-9 1-2 7, Stockman 4-11 0-0 12,
Braddick 1-6 2-2 4, Bains 1-4 2-2 5, Hobbs 3-4 5-9 11. Totals
30-66 19-28 92.

Halftime-Maryland 59, Clemson 56. 3-Point goals-Maryland 8-19
(Morris 3-6, Dixon 2-3, Mouton 2-4, Miller 1-2, Nicholas 0-4),
Clemson 13-29 (Solomon 7-11, Stockman 4-8, Clifton 1-2, Bains
1-3, Braddick 0-2, Scott 0-3). Fouled out-Hobbs.
Rebounds-Maryland 36 (Morris 8), Clemson 36 (Bains 10).
Assists-Maryland 24 (Blake, Nicholas 6), Clemson 13 (Scott 5).
Total fouls-Maryland 23, Clemson 25.

A-7,500.

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