Former local stars lead Clemson to victory

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Clemson's Bryan Narcisse (left), an ex-North Augusta standout, and Rod Hall, a former Laney star, pressure Southern Illinois guard Jeff Early during the first half.   EUGENE TANNER/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Clemson's Bryan Narcisse (left), an ex-North Augusta standout, and Rod Hall, a former Laney star, pressure Southern Illinois guard Jeff Early during the first half.

HONOLULU — Tanner Smith scored 10 of his game-high 26 points in overtime to lead Clemson to an 83-75 win over Southern Illinois in a consolation semifinal of the Diamond Head Classic Friday.

Rod Hall, a former Laney standout, scored 18 points, Devin Booker scored 16 and Andre Young had 11 points for Clemson (7-6). The Tigers made all 15 of their free throws in overtime. Smith’s three-point play with 1:59 left in the extra period put Clemson ahead to stay.

Southern Illinois (3-7) led 62-59 with 11.3 seconds left in regulation, but Hall made a driving layup with 3.8 seconds left and was fouled. He made the free throw to send the game to overtime.

Smith was 8 of 16 from the field and made 8 of 9 free throws. Bryan Narcisse, a former North Augusta standout, grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.

NO. 4 LOUISVILLE 70,

WESTERN KENTUCKY 60

In Louisville, Ky., Russ Smith scored 23 points and Louisville overcame a sleepy start and rallied from an eight-point deficit in the second half to beat Western Kentucky (4-9).

Gorgui Dieng had 13 points and 15 rebounds – his fifth consecutive double-double – for the Cardinals (12-0), one of the nation’s six unbeaten Division I teams.

NO. 13 WISCONSIN 79,

MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE 45

In Madison, Wis., Jordan Taylor scored 17 points to lead Wisconsin (11-2) over Mississippi Valley State (1-10) in the Badgers’ final game before Big Ten play begins.

WAGNER 59,

NO. 15 PITTSBURGH 54

In Pittsburgh, Latif Rivers scored all 18 of his points in the second half – including six critical free throws in the final minute – to lead Wagner to a stunning victory over Pittsburgh.

The Seahawks (8-3) won their first game over a ranked opponent since knocking off then-15th-ranked Alabama on Nov. 24, 1978.

Pittsburgh (11-2) saw its nine-game winning streak snapped.

NO. 21 NEVADA-LAS VEGAS 85,

CALIFORNIA 68

In Las Vegas, Anthony Marshall had 22 points and nine rebounds to lead No. 21 Nevada-Las Vegas (13-2) over California.

Justin Cobbs had 20 points and five assists for California (10-3).


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