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Clemson Slips By Wake Forest In OT

Clemson Slips By Wake Forest In OT

Jan. 22, 2008

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CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -Cliff Hammond’s three-point play with just over a minute to go in overtime gave Clemson the lead for good as the Tigers beat Wake Forest 80-75 on Tuesday night.

Terrence Oglesby hit two 3-pointers in the extra period, with each one putting Clemson (15-4, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) back in the lead.

The Tigers hit five of their six free throws in overtime, including two foul shots by K.C. Rivers that provided the final margin with five seconds to go. Clemson made just 7-of-16 free throws in the game, while Wake Forest only made seven of its 15 foul shots.

The Demon Deacons (12-6, 2-3) led 62-54 with just over five minutes to go in regulation before Clemson scored the next 11 points to take a 65-62 lead into the final minute.

Wake Forest’s Ishmael Smith hit a 3-pointer with 49 seconds to go in the second half to tie the game. The Demon Deacons had a three-on-one break as the last seconds ticked away, but couldn’t get a shot off before the buzzer.

Rivers led the Tigers with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Oglesby finished with 13 points, while James Mayes added nine points and 11 rebounds.

Smith scored 19 points to lead Wake Forest. James Johnson and L.D. Williams each added 14 points, and Chas McFarland scored nine points and had 13 rebounds.

Three of Clemson’s first five ACC games have gone into overtime. The Tigers have a win over Florida State and a loss to North Carolina in the extra sessions.

Recent games between the Demon Deacons and Tigers have been close. Three of the last four have gone into overtime, with the other game decided by two points.