Clemson falls on the road to Syracuse

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Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Elijah Hughes had 14 points to lead four Syracuse players in double figures and the Orange beat Clemson 61-53 on Wednesday night for their fourth straight win.

Tyus Battle and Frank Howard scored 12 points apiece and Marek Dolezaj chipped in with 10 for Syracuse (11-4, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which scored 20 points off 17 turnovers by the Tigers (10-5, 0-2 ACC).

Marcquise Reed topped Clemson with 16 points and Elijah Thomas had 13 before fouling out late.

The Tigers shot just 36 percent for the game and 5 of 20 from beyond the arc. Syracuse hit 42 percent from the field but just 7 of 22 in the final 20 minutes, and was 6 of 26 from 3 for the game.

The Tigers pulled to within six at 34-28 on consecutive 3s by Clyde Trapp and Reed, but Syracuse went on a 10-4 spurt to take a 44-32 lead with 11:39 to go.

A foul shot by Bourama Sidibe gave Syracuse its largest lead of the second half at 54-40, but Clemson scored eight straight points, seven by Reed, to close within six at 54-48 with 4:45 left.

Two foul shots by Reed kept the margin at six, but a key turnaround jumper by Oshae Brissett gave Syracuse a 58-50 margin with 2:39 to go. Clemson missed three consecutive shots, including a layup by Reed off a pretty give-and-go.

Syracuse led 30-22 at halftime, Clemson's lowest first-half point total for the season.

Syracuse was hot at the outset, going 7 of 11, but closed the half going just 6 of 15 and 3 of 14 from beyond the arc. Syracuse missed its last nine 3s in the half. Clemson shot just 32 percent for the half, hitting just 8 of 25 and 2 of 8 from 3. Both teams were sloppy with the ball, turning the ball over seven times each.