CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson coach Brad Brownell has been seeking a go-to player much of this season. Andre Young looks like he is finally ready to answer the call.
Young followed up a career high of 29 points in beating Georgia Tech last week with 19 points and three 3-pointers as Clemson topped Wake Forest 71-60 on Saturday.
Young, the Tigers best long-range shooter last year, figured to be a central figure if Clemson hoped to extend its streak of five consecutive 20-win seasons and five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. Yet, Young’s endured a shooting slump for much of the early season. He was 2 of 9 from outside the arc in a loss to South Carolina and a combined 4 of 20 from 3-point range in consecutive losses to Boston College, Duke and Miami earlier this month.
Young thinks he’s put that behind him the past two games, going 16 of 24 overall and 10 of 15 on threes.
“It’s just a matter of keep shooting with confidence and that’s what I’m doing,” Young said. “Teammates, coaches really have my back, encouraging me to shoot with confidence and that’s a good thing to have.”
Devin Booker scored 16 points and Tanner Smith added 13 for the Tigers (11-9, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who shook off an awful start to send Wake Forest (11-10, 2-5) to its fifth loss in six games.
C.J. Harris scored 19 points to lead the Demon Deacons.
NO. 8 DUKE 83, ST. JOHN’S 76
In Durham, N.C., Mason Plumlee had 15 points and a career-high 17 rebounds, and Duke held on to beat St. John’s.
Ryan Kelly scored 16 points and Andre Dawkins added 14 for the Blue Devils (18-3), who led by 22 with 17 minutes left but shot just 30 percent in the second half while the Red Storm rallied.
Moe Harkless had 30 points and 13 rebounds for St. John’s (9-12).
NO. 19 VIRGINIA 61, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 60
In Raleigh, N.C., Mike Scott scored 18 points to help Virginia (17-3, 4-2 ACC) beat North Carolina State (15-7, 4-3).
Joe Harris and Sammy Zeglinski each added 12 for the Cavaliers (17-3, 4-2 ACC), who shot 60 percent in the first half to take the lead and then turned away a second-half rally for the road win.
CJ Leslie led North Carolina State with 17 points.
MARYLAND 73, VIRGINIA TECH 69
In College Park, Md., Terrell Stoglin scored 21 of his 28 points in the second half, and Maryland never trailed in a victory over slumping Virginia Tech.
Sean Mosley had 15 points for the Terrapins (13-7, 3-3), who snapped a three-game skid.
It was the sixth loss in seven games for the Hokies (12-9, 1-5), who fell into a last-place tie with Georgia Tech.