COLLEGE PARK, Md. — John Gilchrist had 19 points, six assists and five steals as Maryland beat Clemson 70-49 on Tuesday night. The loss was Clemson's 13th in a row against Maryland and locked the Tigers into the ACC tournament play-in game for the fourth consecutive year.
After trailing by 17 in the first half, Clemson (10-15, 3-11 in the ACC) closed to single digits, 53-44, with 6:22 to play. Maryland (14-10, 5-8) then went on a 12-0 run to ice the game for the Terps.
"It's one of those games where I don't think either team played well," said Clemson head coach Oliver Purnell. "It was almost as if Maryland was waiting for us to play well before they turned it up and I don't think we ever really did. We didn't handle the press well; we really need to continue to go inside...We kept pleading with our team to go inside more. We took too many jump shots and we weren't making them. Our guys played hard, but we didn't play as smart as we needed to. We gave them too many free baskets on turnovers or on the offensive glass."
Sharrod Ford scored 14 points for Clemson while Olu Babalola added nine points for the Tigers. Clemson shot 31 percent from the field and committed 22 turnovers.
"The main thing is that we just came out kind of flat tonight," said Ford. "Maryland hits us with that first blow and we couldn't come back. We just couldn't recover. We actually started to play with seven minutes left in the first half. But then it was already too late. We kept doing certain things, like turnovers that pushed us back.
D.J. Strawberry scored 15 points for Maryland and Jamar Smith added 10 points and seven.