Clemson, SC, United States (4E Sports) – Kenny Kadji scored 12 points and knocked down a go-ahead trey late in the second half as the Miami Hurricanes fended off an upset bid from the Clemson Tigers, 55-53, Sunday at Littlejohn Coliseum.
The third ranked Hurricanes recorded their 13th consecutive win but they needed to overcome a spirited challenge from a resilient Clemson team.
Coming off a solid 74-68 against Florida State, Miami got a surprise from the opening minutes when Clemson traded baskets with the ‘Canes.
The Tigers were certainly not push-over as the Canes headed to the locker room with a slim 45-43 lead at the break.
Clemson, which played stiff defense throughout, nearly posted the upset win after leading 42-38 with just over two minutes remaining.
However, Miami had a different plan as Rion Brown completed a three-point play and Kenny Kadji knocked down a huge trey with 39 seconds left.
Trey McKinney Jones also split his free-throws to give Miami a 45-43 lead with eight ticks left. Clemson’s Rod Hall tried to be the hero but his layup failed to fall and K.J. McDaniels missed on a tip shot.
Jordan Roper recorded 19 points and Devin Booker racked up 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers.
Clemson dropped to 13-12 (5-8 in ACC) and Miami improved to 21-3 and remains unbeaten in ACC with a 12-0 slate.