Tigers' Losing Streak Reaches 14 against Wake


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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Wake's dominance of Clemson at Lawrence Joel coliseum continued into the Oliver Purnell era. Clemson (7-6, 0-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) played much better than their ACC opener against Duke but faded in the last 9 minutes to fall to the fifth-ranked Demon Deacons 78-63 for their 14th straight loss on the road against Wake.


The Tigers trailed by 7 points with 5 minutes to go and 3 points with 9 minutes to go but inside scoring from Wake Forest doomed the Tigers late. The Tigers had effectively shut down the Demon Deacs (11-0, 2-0) from the outside where it was 2 of 13 on 3-pointers.


Wake Forest’s star freshman guard Chris Paul scored a career-high 21 points and Eric Williams added 17.


Vernon Hamilton led Clemson with 17 points, while Chey Christie added 16 and Sharrod Ford had 10.


Clemson was once again generous with the ball as it racked up 23 turnovers. The Deacons scored 34 points off those turnovers.


Clemson forward Olu Babalola sat out the entire second half for reacting negatively after being taken out of the game in the first half.


CLEMSON (7-6): Ford 3-3 4-6 10, Babalola 0-2 0-0 0, Hobbs 3-5 2-2 8, Hamilton 7-14 2-3 17, Christie 5-10 4-4 16, Rice 1-6 1-2 4, Allen 0-0 0-0 0, Shay 0-0 0-0 0, Hudson 0-1 0-0 0, Robinson 2-5 4-5 8, Akingbala 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-46 17-22 63.


WAKE FOREST (11-0): Levy 5-10 2-3 12, Williams 6-12 5-6 17, Gray 3-14 3-3 9, Paul 8-14 4-4 21, Downey 1-6 0-0 3, Ellis 0-0 0-0 0, Strickland 5-5 0-2 10, Hendley 1-1 0-0 2, Visser 2-4 0-0 4, Totals 31-66 14-18 78.


Halftime — Wake Forest 32-23. 3-Point goals — Clemson 4-12 (Christie 2-3, Rice 1-2, Hamilton 1-3, Hudson 0-1, Robinson 0-1, Babalola 0-2), Wake Forest 2-13 (Paul 1-2, Downey 1-5, Levy 0-1, Gray 0-5). Fouled out — Hobbs. Rebounds — Clemson 32 (Hamilton, Robinson 6), Wake Forest 34 (Levy 7). Assists — Clemson 9 (Hamilton 5), Wake Forest 14 (Gray 6). Total fouls — Clemson 24, Wake Forest 21. Technical — Strickland. A — 14,014.

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