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Tigers Get Back On Winning Track, 74-70, Over Miami In OT

Tigers Get Back On Winning Track, 74-70, Over Miami In OT

Feb. 28, 2007

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CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) – Vernon Hamilton scored six of his 10 points in overtime to help Clemson to a 74-70 win over Miami on Wednesday night.

The Tigers (20-9, 6-9 Atlantic Coast Conference) shot just 14-of-31 from the foul line in the game, but made seven of their 10 free throws in overtime to stop a four-game losing streak and keep their faint hopes for an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament alive.

Clemson led 30-27 after a first half that saw both teams combine to hit just 1-of-9 free throws.

The Tigers built a 56-49 lead with 7:14 to go, but the Hurricanes (11-18, 4-11) went on a 10-3 run to tie the game at 59 at the end of regulation.

Clemson did not score in the final five minutes of regulation, missing six straight free throws. The Tigers had the final shot of the second half, but James Mays inside shot never hit the rim.

Miami shot just 5-of-12 from the foul line and 3-of-13 on 3-pointers. Clemson made six of its 19 shots behind the arc.

Jack McClinton led Miami with 21 points, while Anthony Harris added 15 points and Brian Asbury had nine points and 14 rebounds.

Mays led Clemson with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while K.C. Rivers added 14 points for the Tigers, who likely need to beat Virginia Tech on Sunday and win a couple of games in the ACC tournament to have a shot at an NCAA tournament at-large bid.