Booker has big hand in Tigers' rout

CLEMSON, S.C. --- Trevor Booker's favorite play of the game was the one-handed rebound dunk on the missed 3-pointer. The Clemson junior thought the no-look, over-the-head pass to an open teammate for an easy layup was sweet, too.

 

Booker had 11 points and 14 rebounds in the 13th-ranked Tigers' 93-64 victory over Maryland on Tuesday night, but he did plenty of things big men aren't usually expected to do, like bury a backbreaking 3-pointer and stopping the other team's fast break cold with a steal.

"I try to do whatever I can to help my team out. Tonight, I think it was my passing. They tried to double down on me, I kicked it out, we moved the ball around and we knocked down the open shots," Booker said.

Booker took five shots from the field and one from the free-throw line and made them all. But Clemson coach Oliver Purnell said Booker knows when teams are sending two and three guys to stop him inside and makes defenses pay in other ways.

"Book goes and gets it. He blocks shots, he runs, he passes," Purnell said of the 6-foot-7 Booker. "He changes the game. He has that kind of ability."

For Clemson (21-4, 7-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), the win helps erase any lingering doubt from a puzzling overtime loss to Virginia two days earlier, and keeps the Tigers in the top three in the ACC.

The loss pushes the Terrapins (16-9, 5-6) closer to missing the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in five years.

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