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Reed rallies Clemson to 67-55 win over Syracuse

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Marcquise Reed has played like its NCAA Tournament time for weeks as Clemson fights to land on the right side of the bubble. He had second-half performance against Syracuse sure to gain the Tigers some points with the tournament committee.

Reed scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half as Clemson overcame a poor start to rally past Syracuse 67-55 Saturday and give a boost to its NCAA Tournament chances.

The Tigers (19-12, 9-9 Atlantic Coast Conference) used a 13-0 run midway through the second half. Reed had seven points during the stretch, tying the game at 38-all on a 3-pointer before Aamir Simms jumper put Clemson ahead for good.

Reed, a senior playing his final regular-season game at Littlejohn Coliseum, said he's treated the past couple of weeks like NCAA play, knowing every victory was essential if the Tigers hope to make it back to the Big Dance for a second straight season.

''Every game has basically been an NCAA Tournament game,'' he said.

If that's the case, Reed and the Tigers have had an impact as they've won four of their last five and finished .500 or better in the ACC for the sixth time in coach Brad Brownell's nine seasons.

Brownell is unsure if his team is in the field of 68. ''But if you've watched us, we look like a team that's good enough to be in the NCAA and do a lot of damage,'' he said.

It was an improbable turnaround given the Tigers' early struggles. They missed their first 13 shots and were just 3-of-21 shooting early on as the Orange built a nine-point lead. Syracuse (19-12, 10-8) was still up 38-33 on Bourama Sidibe's basket with 15:53 to play when Clemson began its deciding run.

By the time David Skara finished a 3-point play, the Tigers led 47-38.

Syracuse closed to 49-47 on Buddy Boeheim's 4-point play. But Shelton Mitchell followed with three foul shots and Reed hit two to once more extend Clemson's lead.

Reed, like his teammates, was stone cold in the opening half as Clemson's leading scorer made just two of his eight field goal attempts. But, like the rest of the Tigers, Reed caught fire in the second half. He hit five of nine shots and added 10 rebounds for his third double-double this season.

Elijah Thomas also had a double-double for Clemson with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Oshae Brissett had 15 points to lead the Orange. Syracuse's top two scorers, Tyus Battle and Elijah Hughes, combined for 10 points, more than 20 fewer than their combined average.

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said his team came apart when Clemson picked up its rebounding and defense. The Tigers outrebounded the Orange 24-10 in the second half and ''their defense was better than our offense, simple as that,'' Boeheim said.

Syracuse's 2-3 zone gave the Tigers fits early as they shot 25 percent (7 of 28) in the opening half. Clemson had an easier time of things the final 20 minutes, hitting 12 of 25 shots as it opened a 14-point lead down the stretch.

Clemson, which started ACC play 1-4, continued to bolster its chances of making it back to the NCAAs. The Tigers have lived on the tournament bubble the past few weeks. They'll hope to further make their case at next week's ACC Tournament.

BIG PICTURE

Syracuse: The Orange are considered an NCAA Tournament lock, but will have to snap out of their late season slide with four defeats in their final five games. Three of those losses, though, were against No. 1 Duke, No. 5 North Carolina and No. 2 Virginia.

Clemson: The Tigers have an experienced core of seniors - four starters in Reed, Mitchell, Thomas and David Skara - to contend anywhere. Clemson, though, has been prone to inconsistent stretches and must limit those if it hopes to have a strong March.

SAYING GOODBYE

Clemson said farewell to four senior starters in Reed, Mitchell, Thomas and Skara. The group combined for 52 of Clemson's 67 points and 27 of 45 rebounds. Brownell praised the group for hanging together despite the Tigers 1-4 start to ACC play.

NO HUGHES

Syracuse coach said forward Elijah Hughes was not very effective and that's why he played just 11 minutes. Boeheim said Hughes, a 13-point a game scorer who went scoreless against Clemson, fell out of the flow with two early fouls, then did not elevate his game when he got back in.

UP NEXT

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Clemson plays in the ACC Tournament

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Key Players
T. Battle
25 G
M. Reed
2 G
34.9 Min. Per Game 34.9
19.3 Pts. Per Game 19.3
3.0 Ast. Per Game 3.0
5.4 Reb. Per Game 5.4
43.2 Field Goal % 45.5
31.5 Three Point % 35.8
76.2 Free Throw % 84.9
  Offensive rebound by John Newman III 19.0
  Lyles Davis missed 3-pt. jump shot 21.0
  Defensive rebound by Shelton Mitchell 34.0
  Buddy Boeheim missed 3-pt. jump shot 36.0
  Defensive rebound by Tyus Battle 54.0
  Shelton Mitchell missed 3-pt. jump shot 56.0
  Bad pass turnover on Elijah Hughes 1:19
  Defensive rebound by Elijah Hughes 1:26
  Aamir Simms missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:28
  Defensive rebound by Clyde Trapp 1:58
  Elijah Hughes missed 3-pt. jump shot 2:00
Team Stats
Points 55 67
Field Goals 18-48 (37.5%) 19-56 (33.9%)
3-Pointers 6-19 (31.6%) 5-24 (20.8%)
Free Throws 13-17 (76.5%) 24-30 (80.0%)
Total Rebounds 30 45
Offensive 6 13
Defensive 21 27
Team 3 5
Assists 8 13
Steals 8 11
Blocks 4 5
Turnovers 17 15
Fouls 21 14
Technicals 0 0
15 PTS, 7 REB, 3 AST
24 PTS, 10 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Syracuse 19-12 312455
home team logo Clemson 19-12 244367
Team Stats
away team logo Syracuse 19-12 69.7 PPG 38.4 RPG 12.0 APG
home team logo Clemson 19-12 68.8 PPG 38.4 RPG 12.1 APG
Key Players
11
O. Brissett F 12.4 PPG 7.5 RPG 1.8 APG 39.3 FG%
2
M. Reed G 19.4 PPG 5.5 RPG 3.1 APG 44.0 FG%
Top Scorers
O. Brissett F 15 PTS 7 REB 3 AST
M. Reed G 24 PTS 10 REB 2 AST
37.5 FG% 33.9
31.6 3PT FG% 20.8
76.5 FT% 80.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
O. Brissett 15 7 3 4/7 2/2 5/5 0 40 0 0 3 2 5
T. Battle 10 3 1 3/11 1/3 3/6 1 35 0 1 2 1 2
F. Howard 3 3 1 1/6 1/4 0/0 5 25 2 0 3 0 3
P. Chukwu 2 2 2 1/2 0/0 0/0 3 16 2 3 0 0 2
E. Hughes 0 4 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 3 11 0 0 3 0 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
O. Brissett 15 7 3 4/7 2/2 5/5 0 40 0 0 3 2 5
T. Battle 10 3 1 3/11 1/3 3/6 1 35 0 1 2 1 2
F. Howard 3 3 1 1/6 1/4 0/0 5 25 2 0 3 0 3
P. Chukwu 2 2 2 1/2 0/0 0/0 3 16 2 3 0 0 2
E. Hughes 0 4 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 3 11 0 0 3 0 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Boeheim 11 2 1 3/9 2/7 3/3 1 25 0 0 1 0 2
B. Sidibe 8 4 0 3/6 0/0 2/3 4 22 2 0 1 2 2
M. Dolezaj 6 2 0 3/5 0/1 0/0 4 26 2 0 4 1 1
A. Autry - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Belbey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Feldman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Featherston - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Washington - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Braswell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Carey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Paul - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Balandi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 55 27 8 18/48 6/19 13/17 21 200 8 4 17 6 21
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Reed 24 10 2 7/17 2/7 8/8 2 40 5 0 2 2 8
E. Thomas 13 11 1 4/9 0/0 5/7 4 30 2 3 3 6 5
S. Mitchell 10 3 4 2/10 1/7 5/6 0 33 2 0 4 0 3
A. Simms 8 7 5 3/8 1/4 1/2 1 33 1 0 2 3 4
D. Skara 5 3 0 2/5 0/1 1/1 1 31 1 1 2 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Reed 24 10 2 7/17 2/7 8/8 2 40 5 0 2 2 8
E. Thomas 13 11 1 4/9 0/0 5/7 4 30 2 3 3 6 5
S. Mitchell 10 3 4 2/10 1/7 5/6 0 33 2 0 4 0 3
A. Simms 8 7 5 3/8 1/4 1/2 1 33 1 0 2 3 4
D. Skara 5 3 0 2/5 0/1 1/1 1 31 1 1 2 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. White 4 3 0 0/1 0/0 4/6 3 6 0 1 1 1 2
H. Tyson 3 0 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
L. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Trapp 0 2 1 0/4 0/3 0/0 2 25 0 0 1 0 2
J. Newman III - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Baehre - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. William - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Jemison - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Fox - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 67 40 13 19/56 5/24 24/30 14 200 11 5 15 13 27