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Consolation prize: Clemson knocks off No. 3 Duke in hoops

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) What a wild ride the past four days have been for Clemson fans.

The Tigers beat No. 3 Duke 79-72 on Tuesday night to sandwich wins over the Atlantic Coast Conference's basketball blue bloods around Monday's loss in the College Football Playoff title game.

Tuesday night's win over the Blue Devils was the highest-profile upset for the Tigers (9-7, 3-3 ACC) since they beat No. 1 North Carolina on their home court in February 2001. And just like that day, students rushed the court at Littlejohn Coliseum.

On Saturday, Clemson beat North Carolina in Chapel Hill for the first time in program history, ending a 59-game losing streak on the Tar Heels' home court and setting off a locker room celebration that looked like the aftermath of an NCAA Tournament win. The Tigers have won three in a row since falling below .500 in a Dec. 31 loss to Miami.

''2020 is starting to feel like our year,'' said Aamir Simms, who led Clemson with a career-high 25 points.

The Blue Devils (15-2, 5-1 ) came into the game as 10 1/2-point favorites and were leading the nation with an average margin of victory of 21.5 points. Duke had not lost since a stunning home defeat to Stephen F. Austin in November.

Clemson fans, stung by the football Tigers' first loss in 30 games - a 42-25 defeat against LSU Monday night at the Superdome in New Orleans - stopped moping less than 24 hours later. Duke never had a bigger lead than 4-0 and Clemson led for more than 28 minutes.

Simms and Tevin Mack, who scored 22 points, kept dragging Duke's big men around the perimeter.

''We tried to move their guys around a lot. They have a lot of size,'' Clemson coach Brad Brownell said.

That opened up the lane for Clemson's offense. Seventeen of the Tigers' 30 baskets were layups or dunks - including one by John Newman III that was so nasty it got a shout-out on Twitter from Magic Johnson.

''Simms was spectacular tonight in how he controlled the game,'' Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said.

Clemson led 40-33 at halftime and stretched the lead to nine points before Duke rallied. The Blue Devils led 62-59 with 6:40 remaining.

That's when Clemson took control with a 14-3 run, including eight points from Simms. His three-point play made it 73-65 with 2:16 remaining.

Mack finished 10 of 14 from the field. Simms was almost as efficient, shooting 10 of 15, and he had nine rebounds and five assists.

Vernon Carey Jr. scored 20 points for Duke and Tre Jones had 17.

BIG PICTURE

Duke: The Blue Devils' defense, ball control and free throws betrayed them. Clemson shot 56.6%, far better than anyone else against Duke this season. Duke also turned the ball over 15 times and made just 10 of 20 free throws.

Clemson: The obituaries for the Tigers' season written after a 73-68 overtime loss to Miami were premature. Clemson has won three in a row, shooting at least 43% in each game. And beating North Carolina and Duke back-to-back is every ACC fan's dream.

DOMINATING CAROLINA

Clemson has only beaten North Carolina and Duke in back-to-back games once before - in 1990 on the way to the Tigers' only regular-season title in 67 ACC seasons.

Add the win Jan. 4 over North Carolina State and Clemson has beaten the three ACC teams from the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area in consecutive games for the first time since 1967. The Wolfpack win came between victories over the Blue Devils and Tar Heels that year.

DUKE INJURIES

Duke's Joey Baker missed Tuesday's game with a sprained right ankle.

Krzyzewski said the Blue Devils missed more from the sophomore than just his seven points a game. He also averages 15 minutes, spelling Jones and and others in key stretches.

''Not having what we have had hurts us. And we're not going to have it for a little bit,'' said Krzyzewski, who isn't sure if Baker will return for Saturday's game against No. 11 Louisville.

BROWNELL MILESTONE

Not only did Brownell beat the highest ranked team in his 10 years at Clemson on Tuesday night, he also became the winngest coach in Tigers history.

It was Brownell's 178th victory, passing Cliff Ellis.

''I'm honored. There have been a lot of good coaches here,'' Brownell said.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Duke got jumped by Baylor in this week's AP Top 25 to fall to third. The Blue Devils will likely drop further.

UP NEXT

Duke: The Blue Devils host No. 11 Louisville on Saturday with first place in the ACC on the line.

Clemson: The Tigers take on their fourth of five North Carolina-based ACC teams in a row when they head to North Carolina State on Saturday. Clemson has never played five North Carolina teams consecutively in one season.

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1st Half

Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Duke  
19:44 +2 Matthew Hurt made layup, assist by Vernon Carey Jr. 2-0
19:21   Al-Amir Dawes missed jump shot  
19:19   Defensive rebound by Tre Jones  
19:13   Bad pass turnover on Tre Jones, stolen by John Newman III  
19:05   Offensive foul on John Newman III  
19:05   Turnover on John Newman III  
18:51 +2 Vernon Carey Jr. made dunk, assist by Tre Jones 4-0
18:31 +2 Aamir Simms made hook shot, assist by Clyde Trapp 4-2
18:16   Vernon Carey Jr. missed jump shot  
18:14   Defensive rebound by Al-Amir Dawes  
18:02 +2 Tevin Mack made layup, assist by Clyde Trapp 4-4
17:42   Lost ball turnover on Matthew Hurt  
17:24   Curran Scott missed layup, blocked by Matthew Hurt  
17:22   Defensive rebound by Matthew Hurt  
17:16 +2 Cassius Stanley made layup 6-4
16:54 +3 Tevin Mack made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Aamir Simms 6-7
16:27   Lost ball turnover on Matthew Hurt, stolen by Al-Amir Dawes  
16:21   Al-Amir Dawes missed layup  
16:19   Offensive rebound by Curran Scott  
16:20   Shooting foul on Matthew Hurt  
16:20 +1 Curran Scott made 1st of 2 free throws 6-8
16:20   Curran Scott missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
16:20   Defensive rebound by Jordan Goldwire  
16:09   Personal foul on Al-Amir Dawes  
16:03 +3 Jordan Goldwire made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tre Jones 9-8
15:49   Aamir Simms missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:47   Defensive rebound by Cassius Stanley  
15:25   Bad pass turnover on Tre Jones  
15:08   Personal foul on Jack White  
14:59 +2 Aamir Simms made hook shot 9-10
14:39   Bad pass turnover on Cassius Stanley, stolen by Clyde Trapp  
14:15   Aamir Simms missed jump shot  
14:13   Defensive rebound by Jack White  
14:07 +2 Tre Jones made jump shot 11-10
13:52 +3 Hunter Tyson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Aamir Simms 11-13
13:36   Personal foul on Hunter Tyson  
13:26 +2 Vernon Carey Jr. made layup 13-13
12:48 +3 Hunter Tyson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Khavon Moore 13-16
12:31   Jordan Goldwire missed layup  
12:29   Offensive rebound by Vernon Carey Jr.  
12:24 +2 Vernon Carey Jr. made layup 15-16
12:11   Trey Jemison missed jump shot  
12:09   Defensive rebound by Alex O'Connell  
12:00 +2 Alex O'Connell made layup, assist by Vernon Carey Jr. 17-16
11:45   Shooting foul on Tre Jones  
11:45   Al-Amir Dawes missed 1st of 2 free throws  
11:45 +1 Al-Amir Dawes made 2nd of 2 free throws 17-17
11:29   Tre Jones missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:27   Defensive rebound by Aamir Simms  
11:06   Curran Scott missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:04   Defensive rebound by Matthew Hurt  
10:55   Vernon Carey Jr. missed layup  
10:53   Defensive rebound by Clemson  
10:35   Personal foul on Vernon Carey Jr.  
10:28 +2 Aamir Simms made layup, assist by Curran Scott 17-19
10:27   Personal foul on Cassius Stanley  
10:28 +1 Aamir Simms made free throw 17-20
10:08   Alex O'Connell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:06   Offensive rebound by Vernon Carey Jr.  
10:02 +2 Vernon Carey Jr. made dunk 19-20
9:42   Lost ball turnover on Tevin Mack  
9:32   Shooting foul on Curran Scott  
9:32   Cassius Stanley missed 1st of 2 free throws  
9:32   Cassius Stanley missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
9:32   Defensive rebound by Aamir Simms  
9:21   Bad pass turnover on Curran Scott, stolen by Jordan Goldwire  
9:15   Tre Jones missed layup  
9:13   Defensive rebound by John Newman III  
8:57 +2 Clyde Trapp made jump shot 19-22
8:37 +3 Cassius Stanley made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jordan Goldwire 22-22
8:18 +2 John Newman III made dunk 22-24
8:19   Shooting foul on Javin DeLaurier  
8:18 +1 John Newman III made free throw 22-25
8:06   Cassius Stanley missed layup, blocked by John Newman III  
8:04   Defensive rebound by Trey Jemison  
7:54 +3 John Newman III made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Al-Amir Dawes 22-28
7:44   Offensive foul on Tre Jones  
7:44   Turnover on Tre Jones  
7:32   Offensive foul on Trey Jemison  
7:32   Turnover on Trey Jemison  
7:22   Cassius Stanley missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:20   Offensive rebound by Vernon Carey Jr.  
7:16   Shooting foul on Clyde Trapp  
7:16 +1 Vernon Carey Jr. made 1st of 2 free throws 23-28
7:16 +1 Vernon Carey Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 24-28
6:54 +3 Aamir Simms made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by John Newman III 24-31
6:34   Tre Jones missed jump shot  
6:32   Defensive rebound by Clyde Trapp  
6:19   Clyde Trapp missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:17   Defensive rebound by Tre Jones  
6:11   Personal foul on Al-Amir Dawes  
6:13 +1 Cassius Stanley made 1st of 2 free throws 25-31
6:13 +1 Cassius Stanley made 2nd of 2 free throws 26-31
5:58 +2 Curran Scott made layup, assist by Aamir Simms 26-33
5:42   Alex O'Connell missed layup, blocked by John Newman III  
5:40   Defensive rebound by Aamir Simms  
5:17   Aamir Simms missed jump shot  
5:15   Defensive rebound by Jack White  
5:10   Shooting foul on Clyde Trapp  
5:10 +1 Tre Jones made 1st of 3 free throws 27-33
5:10 +1 Tre Jones made 2nd of 3 free throws 28-33
5:10   Tre Jones missed 3rd of 3 free throws  
5:10   Defensive rebound by Tevin Mack  
4:54   John Newman III missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:52   Defensive rebound by Cassius Stanley  
4:37   Alex O'Connell missed layup, blocked by Tevin Mack  
4:35   Defensive rebound by Aamir Simms  
4:12 +2 Aamir Simms made jump shot 28-35
3:55 +3 Cassius Stanley made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Alex O'Connell 31-35
3:35 +2 Al-Amir Dawes made layup 31-37
3:28   Traveling violation turnover on Cassius Stanley  
3:01   Personal foul on Vernon Carey Jr.  
3:01 +1 John Newman III made 1st of 2 free throws 31-38
3:01   John Newman III missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
3:01   Defensive rebound by Matthew Hurt  
2:49   Bad pass turnover on Alex O'Connell, stolen by John Newman III  
2:49   Personal foul on Cassius Stanley  
2:49   John Newman III missed free throw  
2:49   Defensive rebound by Jack White  
2:21   Jordan Goldwire missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:19   Defensive rebound by Khavon Moore  
2:07 +2 Tevin Mack made layup 31-40
1:46   Alex O'Connell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:44   Defensive rebound by Al-Amir Dawes  
1:27   Lost ball turnover on Al-Amir Dawes, stolen by Jordan Goldwire  
1:21 +2 Alex O'Connell made dunk, assist by Jordan Goldwire 33-40
57.0   Tevin Mack missed jump shot  
55.0   Offensive rebound by Khavon Moore  
37.0   Bad pass turnover on Al-Amir Dawes  
15.0   Lost ball turnover on Alex O'Connell, stolen by Curran Scott  
3.0   Lost ball turnover on Curran Scott, stolen by Jordan Goldwire  
1.0   Jordan Goldwire missed layup  
0.0   Offensive rebound by Duke  
0.0   End of period  

2nd Half

Time Team Play Score
19:53   Bad pass turnover on Clyde Trapp  
19:43 +2 Vernon Carey Jr. made layup, assist by Jordan Goldwire 35-40
19:26   John Newman III missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19:24   Defensive rebound by Tre Jones  
19:16 +2 Cassius Stanley made jump shot 37-40
18:47   Personal foul on Cassius Stanley  
18:45 +2 Tevin Mack made jump shot, assist by Al-Amir Dawes 37-42
18:31   Bad pass turnover on Vernon Carey Jr.  
18:19   Al-Amir Dawes missed layup  
18:17   Defensive rebound by Jordan Goldwire  
18:12 +3 Tre Jones made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jordan Goldwire 40-42
17:40 +2 John Newman III made layup 40-44
17:26   Vernon Carey Jr. missed jump shot  
17:24   Defensive rebound by Tevin Mack  
17:10 +2 Tevin Mack made layup, assist by Curran Scott 40-46
16:57   Lost ball turnover on Cassius Stanley, stolen by John Newman III  
16:57   Personal foul on Cassius Stanley  
16:47 +3 Tevin Mack made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Aamir Simms 40-49
16:23   Vernon Carey Jr. missed layup  
16:21   Defensive rebound by Clyde Trapp  
16:06   Personal foul on Jordan Goldwire  
15:58   Bad pass turnover on Clyde Trapp, stolen by Jack White  
15:52   Shooting foul on Trey Jemison  
15:52 +1 Vernon Carey Jr. made 1st of 2 free throws 41-49
15:52 +1 Vernon Carey Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 42-49
15:22   Al-Amir Dawes missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:20   Defensive rebound by Tre Jones  
15:13   Shooting foul on John Newman III  
15:15   Tre Jones missed 1st of 2 free throws  
15:15 +1 Tre Jones made 2nd of 2 free throws 43-49
15:07   Hunter Tyson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:05   Defensive rebound by Matthew Hurt  
14:56 +3 Jack White made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Matthew Hurt 46-49
14:47   Lost ball turnover on Al-Amir Dawes, stolen by Jordan Goldwire  
14:38   Jordan Goldwire missed layup  
14:36   Defensive rebound by Al-Amir Dawes  
14:13   Aamir Simms missed layup, blocked by Vernon Carey Jr.  
14:11   Offensive rebound by Clemson  
14:11   Shot clock violation turnover on Clemson  
13:56   Bad pass turnover on Vernon Carey Jr.  
13:47   Shooting foul on Jack White  
13:48 +1 Hunter Tyson made 1st of 2 free throws 46-50
13:48   Hunter Tyson missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
13:48   Defensive rebound by Vernon Carey Jr.  
13:31 +2 Vernon Carey Jr. made dunk, assist by Tre Jones 48-50
12:58   Al-Amir Dawes missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:56   Defensive rebound by Vernon Carey Jr.  
12:46   Personal foul on Aamir Simms  
12:44   Tre Jones missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:42   Defensive rebound by Clemson  
12:18   Al-Amir Dawes missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:16   Defensive rebound by Tre Jones  
12:10   Shooting foul on Trey Jemison  
12:10   Vernon Carey Jr. missed 1st of 2 free throws  
12:10   Vernon Carey Jr. missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
12:10   Defensive rebound by Tevin Mack  
11:58 +2 Tevin Mack made layup, assist by Curran Scott 48-52
11:45   Bad pass turnover on Jordan Goldwire, stolen by John Newman III  
11:35   Shooting foul on Jack White  
11:35   Aamir Simms missed 1st of 2 free throws  
11:35   Aamir Simms missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
11:35   Defensive rebound by Javin DeLaurier  
11:14   Bad pass turnover on Jack White, stolen by Tevin Mack  
10:56   Tevin Mack missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:54   Defensive rebound by Jack White  
10:44 +2 Tre Jones made layup 50-52
10:15   Bad pass turnover on Aamir Simms, stolen by Vernon Carey Jr.  
10:09 +3 Tre Jones made 3-pt. jump shot 53-52
9:58   Bad pass turnover on John Newman III, stolen by Vernon Carey Jr.  
9:55 +2 Vernon Carey Jr. made layup 55-52
9:55   Shooting foul on Aamir Simms  
9:55   Vernon Carey Jr. missed free throw  
9:55   Defensive rebound by Tevin Mack  
9:41   Tevin Mack missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:39   Offensive rebound by Aamir Simms  
9:34 +2 Aamir Simms made layup 55-54
9:18 +2 Tre Jones made jump shot 57-54
9:07   Bad pass turnover on Aamir Simms, stolen by Tre Jones  
9:07   Personal foul on Curran Scott  
9:02   Jumpball received by Duke  
9:00   Shooting foul on Curran Scott  
9:00   Vernon Carey Jr. missed 1st of 2 free throws  
9:00