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Miami Upsets Clemson in Second Round of the ACC Tournament

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The Hurricanes won their second straight game at the ACC Tournament Wednesday night.

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The Miami Hurricanes won their second straight game at the ACC Tournament on Wednesday afternoon. The Hurricanes became the first 13 seed to ever advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament with a 67-64 win over the Clemson Tigers.

Isaiah Wong led the Hurricanes to victory with 20 points in his second consecutive game. Anthony Walker and Kam McGusty were also excellent for the Hurricanes. Walker had 15 points to go along with six rebounds and McGusty had 14 points and four assists. Miami shot 53.7% from the field as a team, and outrebounded Clemson while turning the ball over less than the Tigers.

Clemson led for most of the first half. The Tigers started the game on a 17-8 run that culminated in a Jonathan Baehre three-pointer with a little under 13 minutes left in the first half. Miami responded with a 16-6 run that gave them a one point lead with 5:30 left before halftime. As the half neared its’ end both teams exchanged the lead until the Tigers pulled away to lead 36-32 at halftime.

Miami came out of halftime with a run to tie the game at 39. Clemson regained their composure, and Al-Amir Dawes gave them a five point lead with a layup with 13 minutes left in the game.

The Hurricanes took the lead with 10 minutes left in the game. Deng Gak put Miami in the lead with a dunk before Anthony Walker extended the lead with a three. Isaiah Wong and Kam McGusty then made the lead nine points with baskets of their own.

Clemson made a 9-2 run over the next four minutes to make the score 61-59 with three and a half minutes left in the game. Two clutch baskets from Kam McGusty and Isaiah Wong kept Miami in the lead but Al-Amir Dawes brought the Tigers to within one with two free throws with 37 seconds left.

Despite two turnovers, Miami kept their lead with two free throws from Isaiah Wong and a key defensive stop when Clemson had a chance to take the lead. The Hurricanes held on and won 67-64.

As a result, Miami advances to the quarterfinals tomorrow where they will take on Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech defeated Miami 87-60 earlier this season and the Hurricanes will hope for a better result tomorrow afternoon at 2:30.