Coastal Carolina vs Clemson

Coastal Carolina 60, Clemson 59


CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Chris Gradnigo tipped in his own miss as the buzzer sounded to push unbeaten Coastal Carolina past Clemson 60-59 on Tuesday night.

The Tigers forced a Gradnigo miss with 8 seconds remaining, but guard Anthony Raffa swooped into the lane to grab the offensive rebound and give the Chanticleers (5-0) another chance.

After a pair of timeouts, Gradnigo missed a leaning jumper from the foul line. But his defender, Bryan Narcisse, fell down backward on the shot, leaving a clear path for Grandigo to get the two-handed tip and finish off the Chanticleers' rally from a 10-point deficit.

Gradnigo finished with 21 points, 15 coming in the second half.

Andre Young had 20 points for the Tigers (2-2), who suffered their second straight defeat to an in-state, mid-major after falling 72-69 at College of Charleston on Saturday.

Clemson shot 40.3 percent (23 of 57) and didn't have another scorer in double figures, yet the Tigers held a four-point lead with 1:41 left on Tanner Smith's 3-pointer from the right corner.

Coastal Carolina manufactured its comeback by spreading the perimeter against Clemson, and with 59 seconds left, Gradnigo had an arching 3 bounce high off the rim and in to pull the Chanticleers back within one.

The Chanticleers, who at one point were down by 10, 37-27 with 18:28 remaining, scored two baskets off of turnovers to go up 41-40 with 12:17 remaining.

From there, the lead by either team was no greater than four points, as Coastal Carolina shot 63.6 percent from the field in the second half (14 of 22).

Coastal Carolina won in the return of its coach Cliff Ellis, who was the head man at Clemson from 1984-89.

Ellis was honored at the start of the game with a plaque, before getting on his knees and kissing the orange paw at center court before tip-off.

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Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
C. Gradnigo, F318-194-521321
S. McLaurin, F212-30-04144
J. Pack, C341-50-09322
A. Raffa, G378-134-472221
K. Greenwood, G331-33-42326
J. Griffin211-10-02123
B. Crawford111-21-21123
W. Gillis90-00-01000
D. Moore30-00-00000
Totals 22-4612-1529121760
Clemson Tigers
D. Booker, F353-111-24027
M. Jennings, F184-80-15148
A. Young, G396-125-634220
T. Smith, G334-70-07319
R. Hall, G312-60-02314
T. Sapp142-41-22116
B. Narcisse110-30-03040
C. Baciu101-31-21013
K. McDaniels91-30-02002
Totals 23-578-1334121659
Sun Belt
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Georgia St.12-620-13104
Arkansas St.11-720-12120
Texas St.11-722-14179
Ga. Southern11-718-15122
UL Lafayette10-821-12114
Coast. Car.10-820-19183
S. Alabama7-1114-18231
Little Rock6-1215-17244
App. St.4-149-21300

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N. Carolina14-433-75
Florida St.12-626-914
Notre Dame12-626-1023
Va. Tech10-822-1148
Miami (Fla.)10-821-1242
Wake Forest9-919-1439
Georgia Tech8-1021-16106
NC State4-1415-17141
Boston College2-169-23219
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Tenn 97
La Salle 69 Final
Ark St 27 Final
Louisville 54
Michigan 75 Final
TNST 69 Final
NC 102
UMKC 31 Final
Wisc 77
UCLA 56 Final
Kansas 72
SCST 50 Final
Baylor 70
Missouri 92 Final
California 53