No. 3 Miami fends off upset bid by Clemson


CLEMSON, S.C. — Kenny Kadji scored 12 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 36 seconds left to keep No. 3 Miami perfect in Atlantic Coast Conference play after a 45-43 victory over Clemson on Sunday.

The Hurricanes (21-3, 12-0) finished with their fewest points of the season, and their high-scoring guard duo of Durand Scott and Shane Larkin went a combined 3-of-16 shooting for 10 points. Still, Miami won it on Kadji’s wide-open 3.

Clemson (13-12, 5-8) had three chances to answer back, but Rod Hall was called for an offensive foul on one trip and, after Trey McKinney-Jones made a free throw, Hall missed a layup and K.J. McDaniels failed on a tip.

The Hurricanes hugged when the horn sounded, grateful to escape on the road and continue the league’s longest unbeaten start since Duke went 16-0 in 1998-99. They’ll likely supplant the Blue Devils, who lost Saturday 83-81 at Maryland, as the country’s No. 2 team today when the new rankings come.

Freshman Jordan Roper had a career-high 19 points for the Tigers. Devin Booker added 10 points and 11 rebounds.

It was the second straight home heartbreaker for the Tigers, who were beaten 58-57 by North Carolina State on Scott Wood’s 3-pointer at the end.

Miami has won 13 straight, few as dramatic as this one. The Hurricanes struggled to shoot throughout and had to rally after trailing 42-38 on Roper’s layup with two minutes remaining.

 

Rules for posting comments

Comments posted below are from readers. In no way do they represent the view of Stephens Media LLC or this newspaper. This is a public forum. Read our guidelines for posting. If you believe that a commenter has not followed these guidelines, please click the FLAG icon next to the comment.