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McDaniels, Clemson top No. 16 Duke

Clemson, SC (SportsNetwork.com) - K.J. McDaniels had a game-high 24 points and the Clemson Tigers upset the 16th-ranked Duke Blue Devils, 72-59, in an ACC conference tilt at Littlejohn Coliseum.

McDaniels added 10 rebounds and three blocks to help Clemson (11-4, 2-1 ACC) defeat Duke for the first time since 2009. Jaron Blossomgame had a career-high 14 points with 14 boards for the Tigers, who have won three of their last four.

Rodney Hood paced Duke (12-4, 1-2 ACC) with 20 points and Jabari Parker had 15 points and seven rebounds in the Blue Devils' second loss in three games.

Hood opened up the second half with a 3-pointer 31 seconds in to give Duke a 40-31 lead. Clemson's Rod Hall quickly answered with three straight layups and a foul shot, however, to ignite a 9-2 run to get the Tigers within two.

Blossomgame hit a free throw and dropped in a three to put the Tigers ahead at 52-50 with just under ten minutes remaining. However, Cook grabbed a loose ball for a steal and drove up the court to dish a behind-the-back pass to Parker, who finished the play with a layup to knot the score.

The two teams traded baskets before Blossomgame made another clutch three and Adonis Filer hit a layup to give Clemson a 59-54 lead with 7:10 remaining.

Parker then hustled to grab a rebound and got the ball to Cook, who stepped back to drain a three to make it a 2-point game.

Cook's triple was Duke's final field goal of the game, as Clemson went on a 13-2 run the rest of the way.

McDaniels swatted away a Rasheed Suliamon layup attempt and Damarcus Harrison was fouled by Parker in transition with a little over five minutes remaining. He made both shots to put Clemson ahead 64-57, and the Tigers pulled away thereafter.

After the Tigers jumped out to a 7-2 lead, Parker hit two threes and Hood followed with one of his own to ignite a 15-4 Duke run.

McDaniels hit a 3-pointer and Harrison dunked to get Clemson within five late in the first half, but Amile Jefferson made 1-of-2 free throws to allow Duke to take a 37-31 lead going into the break.

Game Notes

Clemson's win snapped a five-game losing streak to Duke ... The Blue Devils have had at least one 20-point scorer in 15-of-16 games this season ... Clemson has held its first three ACC opponents to 60 points or less ... The Tigers outrebounded the Blue Devils, 48-30.

01/11 17:21:43 ET

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