Saturday, November 22, 2008. (AP) -- K.C. Rivers scored a go-ahead layup with 43.2 seconds to help Clemson beat Charlotte 71-70 on Saturday night.
Rivers added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Tigers (5-0), who led by as many as eight points early in the second half. Demontez Stitt finished with 16 points for Clemson.
Clemson pulled ahead 50-42 with less than 15 minutes remaining in the game, but the 49ers (2-3) tied the score at 67 on Charlie Coley's follow dunk with 1:01 remaining.
But Rivers' layup with 43.2 seconds left put the Tigers back in the lead at 69-67.
Clemson then pulled ahead by four points on a pair of Stitt free throws with 16.4 seconds left, but Lamont Mack's 3-pointer 10 seconds later cut Clemson's margin to one point.
Ian Andersen scored a career-high 21 points for Charlotte (1-3). Mack scored 14 points and Phil Jones added 10.
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