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Updated: Saturday, January 25, 2003 8:08 PM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(11) Maryland 52, Clemson 47
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CLEMSON, South Carolina (Ticker) -- Maryland continued its conference road success against a team it has become accustomed to beating.

Drew Nicholas scored 14 points and was the only player in double figures for the 11th-ranked Terrapins, who posted an 52-47 victory over Atlantic Coast Conference rival Clemson in a defensive battle.

Maryland has won 10 straight meetings with the Tigers dating to December 4, 1997. The Terrapins have won 11 of their last 13 ACC road games after winning their fifth straight visit to Littlejohn Coliseum.

"I knew it would be a tough game," Maryland coach Gary Williams said. "This is one of the great homecourts that doesn't get a lot of credit."

Maryland shot just 34 percent (19-of-56) from the field but held Clemson to only 32 percent (14-of-44) shooting as both teams posted their lowest score of the season.

"Clemson is a really good defensive team," Williams said. "They did some things that we haven't seen and they deserve a lot of credit. We found a way to win. People may say that this wasn't a pretty game, but believe me, there were two good teams out there today."

"I think we are just as good, if not better than the team we played today collectively," Clemson coach Larry Shyatt said. "Individually, I felt like we did not get it done."

The game was tied at 27-27 with 15:15 remaining before Maryland (12-4, 5-1 ACC) reeled off eight straight points to take the lead for good. Calvin McCall and Steve Blake buried consecutive 3-pointer before Ryan Randle sank a jumper for a 35-27 lead with 13:50 left.

Edward Scott made four straight free throws to bring Clemson within 50-47 with 68 seconds left but missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer 46 seconds later. Blake sealed the victory with a pair of free throws with 21.5 seconds to go.

Tahj Holden grabbed 11 rebounds, including six offensive, as Maryland held a 39-39 advantage on the glass. The Terrapins scored 21 points off 19 offensive rebounds.

Scott finished with 16 points and Olu Babalola added 12 for Clemson (11-4, 1-4), which fell to 2-2 at Littlejohn Coliseum after playing its first eight home games off campus at the Anderson Civic Center.

Babalola made 5-of-8 shots but was the only player to shoot better than 50 percent for the Tigers, who were just 4-of-18 in the second half.

Scott and Babalola each scored four points in the opening eight minutes as Clemson jumped out to an 11-2 lead.

The Tigers had a 21-11 lead with 3:39 remaining before the Terrapins scored 13 straight points. Freshman Travis Garrison scored the first five points of the spurt and Nicholas added the final eight to give Maryland a 24-21 lead with 87 seconds to go.

Babalola closed the first half with a tip shot to bring Clemson within 24-23 at halftime.


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