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Courtside blog: UM 75, Clemson 72 (F)

i'm at BankUnited Center for today's afternoon ACC showdown between the Canes and Clemson. I'll be here to provide my thoughts throughout the game.

I wouldn't call this a must win for Miami -- but it's awfully close. The Canes don't want to be 1-4 in the conference and 1-2 at home after today.

FIRST HALF...
14:32 left, UM 14, Clemson 5: Well, this was the start UM was looking for. Anthony King and Dwayne Collins have combined for 10 points in the early going as the Canes are beating Clemson's press behind Lance Hurdle and scoring easy baskets.
11:25 left, UM 19, Clemson 12: Clemson forward Trevor Booker is down with an apparent knee injury. Doesn't look good. The Canes, however, do. Jack McClinton got the board with a three-pointer with 13:10 left. So far, Miami has done a good job defensively and getting their hands on the boards.
7:32 left, UM 24, Clemson 19: The Tigers have put together a little 7-0 run here to get right back in it.
4:54 left, UM 27, Clemson 25: Well, since going up 24-12 on an Anthony King three-point play (layup and foul), Clemson has gone on a 13-3 run.
3:20 left, UM 29, Clemson 28: Lance Hurdle just picked up his third foul. Not good.
1:15 left, UM 35, Clemson 32: Nice little stretch for UM just now. Jimmy Graham collected back-to-back blocks to save Brian Asbury's rear-end following a turnover. UM ended up scoring on a Collins dunk on the other side of the floor.

SECOND HALF...
15:59 left, UM 45, Clemson 43: Dwayne Collins is playing great for Miami today. He's got 14 points and close to double-digits in boards. Unfortunatley, Miami can't seem to pull away from the Tigers.
11:43 left, Clemson 51, UM 49: Tigers have really made it tough for Miami's guards to score today with their press. While Collins (16 points) has benefitted from some easy looks, the Canes have suffered two shot clock violations already and look uncomfortable in thier offense. Clemson center James Mays has 10 points in the second half.
7:20 left, Clemson 57, UM 55: Another ACC thriller. Lance Hurdle hit a big three-pointer to cut Clemson's lead to 55-53. Brian Asbury then followed it up with a big offensive rebound and putback. The Hurricanes just aren't getting enough from Jack McClinton right now. They need him to turn it up here. Mays, who was killing UM inside in the second half, picked up a big foul (his 4th) with 9:33 left. Let's see if it helps the Canes.
3:53 left, Clemson 60, UM 57: This is going to be a tough one to swallow if the Canes can't pull this one out. They were up 12 in the first half. McClinton, where are you?
2:28 left, Clemson 63, UM 60: McClinton makes an appearance with 2:30 left -- and just in the nick of time to cut a six-point deficit to three. Canes fans might not forget about the foul Jimmy Graham picked up as time expired on the shot clock. It sent Terrence Oglesby to the line for three free throws. He swished them all.
1:07 left, UM 66, Clemson 65: Now that's what I call a Big Mac Attack. McClinton's three consecutive three-pointers has lifted UM to the lead. Wow!

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