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Miami Basketball Drops Second in a Row to Clemson

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Sorry for the late publish 'Canes fans.

I was driving for most of the day (on the I-81 corridor which ironically enough takes you around South Carolina) and a bit road weary.

I was not the only one.

Miami lost its' second straight game away from home, to red hot Clemson.

Game Story (courtesy UM):

GREENVILLE S.C. (AP) - Jaron Blossomgame scored 25 points and Clemson defeated a third straight ranked opponent for the first time in program history with a 76-65 victory over No. 8 Miami on Saturday.

The Tigers (12-6, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) have won five straight overall, a run that includes a win at Syracuse and home victories over No. 21 Louisville, No. 9 Duke and the Hurricanes (13-3, 2-2), who dropped their second straight.

The Tigers looked like their tank may have run out as Miami opened a 57-51 lead with about 7 minutes left. That's when Clemson went on a 25-8 run to end the game and continue its stunning ACC start.

Davon Reed led Miami with 17 points while high-scoring point guard Angel Rodriguez was held to three points on 1-of-7 shooting.

Jordan Roper scored 18 points for the Tigers, who hadn't beaten three ranked teams in a season since 1998.


My Take:  Clemson is obviously playing very, very well and there is no shame in a conference road loss. However UM needs to improve a few things if they hope to contend in the ACC.  The focus of the offense needs to be Sheldon McClellan and Davon Reed, with more touches for Tonye Jekiri,  Angel Rodriguez has a role on this team, but it is not as the primary scoring option, especially down the stretch. Coach L will get this team back on track, I have zero doubt.