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No. 13 Clemson Defeats Maryland, 93-64

Feb. 17, 2009

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CLEMSON, South Carolina (AP) – Trevor Booker had 11 points and 14 rebounds to lead No. 13 Clemson to a 93-64 victory over Maryland on Tuesday night.

The Tigers (21-4, 7-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) bounced back from a puzzling loss to Virginia two days earlier with their second conference win of 27 points or more this season. In their previous 55 ACC seasons, the Tigers have beaten a league team by that many points just eight times.

Terrence Oglesby led Clemson with 16 points and Demontez Stitt added 15. Six Tigers scored in double figures.

Landon Milbourne scored 13 points and Greivis Vasquez added 12 for the Terrapins (16-9, 5-6), who could be on their way to missing the NCAA tournament for the fourth time in five years.

Clemson never trailed after the first 6 minutes of the game, and went on a 43-17 run that started from the last minute of the first half. With the Tigers up two, Oglesby made two free throws and K.C. Rivers had a steal and a dunk with 2 seconds left to put them ahead 34-28 at halftime.

The run continued into the second half with Clemson hitting five 3s, Booker and Jeral Grant trading thunderous dunks and the Tigers scoring on 11 of 12 possessions at one point. Oglesby’s layup with 9:30 to go ended a run of Clemson scoring on six straight possessions and the Tigers took a 73-45 lead.

Eight Tigers scored during the run, but the team seemed to feed off Booker, whose one-handed slam putback on a missed 3 by Oglesby early in the second half set the tone.

Then Booker began doing things big men aren’t expected to do. The junior stepped out to bury a 3-pointer that put Clemson ahead by 10 points about 4 minutes into the half, stole the ball from behind to stop a Maryland fast break less than a minute later and threw a no-look hook pass over his head to Rivers for a layup that put the Tigers up 24 with just over 10 minutes to go.

Clemson shot 37-of-64 (57.8 percent) from the field and held Maryland to 23-of-60 shooting (38.3 percent).