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DeVoe leads No. 20 Clemson to 67-58 win over Irish

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Notre Dame coach Mike Brey believes his program had been perfect against Clemson because during the crucial stretches, it was the Fighting Irish who made the biggest plays.

''Tonight, they made plays,'' Brey said after No. 20 Clemson beat Notre Dame for the first time, 67-58 on Saturday.

Gabe DeVoe had 17 points including a critical 3-pointer with 3:18 left to keep the Tigers out front. Shelton Mitchell had 10 of the Tigers' final 20 points after Notre Dame cut an 11-point deficit to 47-46, and freshman Amir Simms hit a 3 from the right corner with just over a minute left that proved the winning blow for the Tigers (16-3, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference).

The victory came after an awful-looking injury to Clemson captain Donte Grantham, whose right knee buckled after getting fouled from behind.

Grantham, a 6-foot-8 senior who averages 14 points a game, had 11 before going down with 10:54 left in the game. Clemson coach Brad Brownell said Grantham would have an MRI on the knee.

''He's had a very good year and we're hopeful it's not over for us,'' Brownell said.

Notre Dame (13-7, 3-4) lost its fourth straight. The Fighting Irish had a 5-0 all-time mark over the Tigers, and Clemson barely escaped continuing a second streak of failure in the same week: The Tigers fell to 0-59 all-time at Chapel Hill with their 87-78 loss to North Carolina on Tuesday night.

DeVoe said the Tigers learned from the slow start in that game to break out on top, 21-10 against the Fighting Irish. When things tightened up, he said Clemson's experience came through.

''Knowing how to finish games has really helped us out a lot this year,'' he said.

Mitchell and Marcquise Reed scored 12 points each for the Tigers. Mitchell caught fire after Notre Dame's rally with a 3-pointer and a driving layup to extend the lead to 52-46.

TJ Gibbs led Notre Dame with 18 points. Matt Farrell, who came in averaging 18 points per game, ended with six on 2-of-11 shooting.

''He had an off night shooting,'' Brownell said of Farrell. ''But I'd like to think some of it was our defense.''

BIG PICTURE

Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish dug themselves an early hole as Clemson made seven of its first eight shots. But Notre Dame answered, gradually cutting the lead to 31-30 as it tightened up the defense and found its shooting touch. ... Notre Dame shot just two free throws.

Clemson: When the Tigers are hitting shots, they're tough to beat. Unfortunately for Clemson, it doesn't always happen that way. DeVoe, Reed and Grantham all had open 3s early on as the Tigers forged a double-digit lead. Clemson went cold after that, making just four of its last 16 shots of the opening half to open the door for the Fighting Irish. Clemson did just enough to stay in front.

WELCOME BREAK

Brey believes his team's week off - the Irish don't play until next Saturday - will help them physically and mentally before trying to even their ACC record. ''I think 4-4 (in the ACC) would feel like 8-0 to this group,'' Brey said.

TREE TIME

Clemson great and NBA standout Wayne ''Tree'' Rollins was the featured former Tiger during a pregame alumni celebration. Rollins was recently inducted into the school's Ring of Honor, the highest athletic award the university gives out. Rollins played 18 years in the NBA, 11 with the Atlanta Hawks. Rollins finished his degree from Clemson two years ago.

UP NEXT

Notre Dame faces Virginia Tech at home on Jan. 27.

Clemson visits No. 2 Virginia on Tuesday night.

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Key Players
M. Farrell
5 G
M. Reed
2 G
33.9 Min. Per Game 33.9
16.2 Pts. Per Game 16.2
2.9 Ast. Per Game 2.9
4.7 Reb. Per Game 4.7
42.5 Field Goal % 46.6
38.2 Three Point % 41.3
82.6 Free Throw % 86.4
  Defensive rebound by Marcquise Reed 7.0
  Matt Farrell missed 3-pt. jump shot 9.0
+ 1 Shelton Mitchell made 2nd of 2 free throws 21.0
+ 1 Shelton Mitchell made 1st of 2 free throws 21.0
  Personal foul on Matt Farrell 21.0
  Defensive rebound by Shelton Mitchell 21.0
  John Mooney missed layup, blocked by Aamir Simms 23.0
  Personal foul on Gabe DeVoe 26.0
  Offensive rebound by John Mooney 27.0
  T.J. Gibbs missed 3-pt. jump shot 29.0
+ 1 Marcquise Reed made 2nd of 2 free throws 36.0
Team Stats
Points 58 67
Field Goals 24-62 (38.7%) 23-52 (44.2%)
3-Pointers 8-31 (25.8%) 9-23 (39.1%)
Free Throws 2-2 (100.0%) 12-15 (80.0%)
Total Rebounds 38 32
Offensive 9 5
Defensive 27 26
Team 2 1
Assists 12 12
Steals 1 5
Blocks 3 7
Turnovers 11 9
Fouls 17 10
Technicals 0 0
18 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST
17 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Notre Dame 13-7 302858
home team logo 20 Clemson 16-3 333467
Team Stats
away team logo Notre Dame 13-7 68.7 PPG 39 RPG 12.8 APG
home team logo 20 Clemson 16-3 68.8 PPG 38.4 RPG 12.1 APG
Key Players
10
T. Gibbs G 13.4 PPG 1.9 RPG 3.4 APG 34.7 FG%
00
G. DeVoe G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
T. Gibbs G 18 PTS 4 REB 2 AST
G. DeVoe G 17 PTS 5 REB 1 AST
38.7 FG% 44.2
25.8 3PT FG% 39.1
100.0 FT% 80.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Gibbs 18 4 2 7/16 2/8 2/2 3 40 0 0 2 1 3
M. Geben 10 9 0 5/10 0/0 0/0 2 27 0 1 3 2 7
M. Farrell 6 5 6 2/11 2/10 0/0 4 32 0 0 2 1 4
R. Pflueger 5 4 4 2/10 1/6 0/0 3 33 1 1 1 1 3
A. Torres 2 3 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 3 11 0 0 2 2 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Gibbs 18 4 2 7/16 2/8 2/2 3 40 0 0 2 1 3
M. Geben 10 9 0 5/10 0/0 0/0 2 27 0 1 3 2 7
M. Farrell 6 5 6 2/11 2/10 0/0 4 32 0 0 2 1 4
R. Pflueger 5 4 4 2/10 1/6 0/0 3 33 1 1 1 1 3
A. Torres 2 3 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 3 11 0 0 2 2 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Mooney 13 7 0 5/8 3/5 0/0 1 23 0 1 0 1 6
E. Burns 4 3 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 1 10 0 0 1 1 2
N. Djogo 0 1 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 24 0 0 0 0 1
B. Colson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Gregory - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Harvey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Nelligan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 58 36 12 24/62 8/31 2/2 17 200 1 3 11 9 27
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
G. DeVoe 17 5 1 5/12 3/10 4/5 1 35 0 1 2 1 4
S. Mitchell 12 7 5 3/8 1/3 5/6 1 34 1 0 2 0 7
M. Reed 12 3 3 4/10 2/4 2/2 0 38 2 0 2 1 2
D. Grantham 11 3 2 4/7 2/3 1/2 0 23 1 2 1 1 2
E. Thomas 8 7 0 4/8 0/0 0/0 3 27 1 3 1 1 6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
G. DeVoe 17 5 1 5/12 3/10 4/5 1 35 0 1 2 1 4
S. Mitchell 12 7 5 3/8 1/3 5/6 1 34 1 0 2 0 7
M. Reed 12 3 3 4/10 2/4 2/2 0 38 2 0 2 1 2
D. Grantham 11 3 2 4/7 2/3 1/2 0 23 1 2 1 1 2
E. Thomas 8 7 0 4/8 0/0 0/0 3 27 1 3 1 1 6
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Simms 5 3 0 2/4 1/1 0/0 2 14 0 1 0 0 3
D. Skara 2 2 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 1 17 0 0 1 1 1
M. Donnal 0 1 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 2 12 0 0 0 0 1
L. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Fields - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Spencer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Oliver II - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Trapp - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. William - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 67 31 12 23/52 9/23 12/15 10 200 5 7 9 5 26