McClure's goal propels Duke past Clemson
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- David McClure hit a lay-up as time expired Thursday night to lead No. 10 Duke past No. 19 Clemson, 68-66.
McClure's basket capped a wild final 13 seconds for the Blue Devils (17-3, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who blew a five-point lead before answering with the sophomore's stunning basket.
With the score tied at 66 after Vernon Hamilton erased the deficit with a lay-up and a 3-pointer, Josh McRoberts in-bounded the ball with 4.4 seconds left to freshman Jon Scheyer. Scheyer pushed the ball near mid-court, then sent a pass ahead to McClure.
McClure, who had a step on Hamilton, laid it up over the outstretched arms of K.C. Rivers for the win as the horn sounded.
Duke's players immediately spilled onto the floor in celebration and mobbed McClure, while Clemson's players walked back toward their bench in stunned silence.
Duke looked on its way to the win when freshman Gerald Henderson hit two free throws to make it 66-61 with 12.7 seconds left. Hamilton scored a lay-up to cut the deficit to three with 5 seconds left, then stole McRoberts' in-bounds pass and buried a tying 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left.
But officials stopped play to review the time left and restored the clock to 4.4 seconds left.
McRoberts led Duke with 17 points, while Hamilton finished with 21 for the Tigers (18-3, 4-3).
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