Wednesday Jan. 7, 2009
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- Trevor Booker had 19 points to help No. 12 Clemson remain unbeaten with a 66-59 victory over Alabama on Tuesday night.
The Tigers (15-0) kept pace with their 17-0 start two years ago when they were the nation's last unbeaten. It took a stellar defensive effort down the stretch to hold off the Crimson Tide (10-4).
Alabama led 42-41 after Yamene Coleman's basket with 14:16 to go. Then Clemson set off on 14-0 run to take control. Rivers had two jumpers in the stretch while Terrence Ogleby made a runner and a 3-pointer.
After Senario Hillman hit a free throw to break Alabama's drought, freshman Andre Young made a three to give Clemson its largest lead, 58-43.
The Crimson Tide managed only one basket between Coleman's shot and JaMychal Green's bucket with 1:45 left.
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