Massachusetts thwarts Clemson's rally to win Charleston Classic

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CHARLESTON, S.C. — Cady Lalanne had 20 points and 12 rebounds as Massachusetts held off a late Clemson rally to win the Charleston Classic championship with a 62-56 victory Sunday night.

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Clemson's K.J. McDaniels goes in for a  shot against Massachusetts' Cady Lalanne in the first half of the championship game at the Charleston Classic NCAA college basketball tournament in Charleston, S.C., Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013.  (AP Photo/Mic Smith)  MIC SMITH
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Clemson's K.J. McDaniels goes in for a shot against Massachusetts' Cady Lalanne in the first half of the championship game at the Charleston Classic NCAA college basketball tournament in Charleston, S.C., Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

The Minutemen (6-0) continued their best start since the 2010-11 team opened 7-0. Not that it came easy as the Tigers (5-1) cut a 14-point lead to 59-56 on Rod Hall’s basket with 56.4 seconds left.

Clemson’s defense forced Chaz Williams into a wild shot the next time down the court, but Raphiael Putney was waiting to put it back for a 61-56 lead.

The Tigers final chance ended when 6-foot-10 Ibrahim Djambo was off the mark on a 3-ponter with 13 seconds to go.

Derrick Gordon had 10 points, the only other player in double figures for the Minutemen.

Former Laney star Rod Hall had 16 points to lead Clemson.

NEBRASKA 73, GEORGIA 65

In Charleston, S.C., Tai Webster scored 13 of his 14 points in the second and Nebraska rallied to take seventh place at the Charleston Classic with a victory over Georgia.

The Cornhuskers (4-2) had watched close games slip away their first two days in the eight-team tournament and were trailing the Bulldogs 51-48 with under 10 minutes left. That’s when Webster led Nebraska on a 23-13 run to close the game and avoid a 0-for-3 trip to South Carolina’s coast.

Webster had seven points in the charge, including a 3-pointer with 7:44 left that put the Cornhuskers up for good.

Georgia got within a point after Marcus Thornton’s basket a possession later, but Webster followed with two foul shots and the Bulldogs got no closer. Georgia opened 1-4 for the second straight season. Charles Mann scored 16 points to lead the Bulldogs.

Terran Petteway had 15 points to top Nebraska.

GEORGIA TECH 78, NORTH CAROLINA A&T 71

In Atlanta, Trae Golden scored 12 of his game-high 20 points in the second half, when Georgia Tech rallied from an 4-point halftime deficit to beat North Carolina A&T.

Georgia Tech (4-1) trailed 37-33 at halftime after missing 10 of 18 free throws, and the Yellow Jackets fell behind 45-36 in the second half when Denzel Keys put back an offensive rebound with 13:43 left in the game.

After a Georgia Tech timeout, the Jackets went on a 14-3 run to force the first of four ties, and the home team closed the game with a 17-5 run to win.

Richaud Pack led the Aggies with 19 points, and Bruce Beckford added 12 points and 11 rebounds. Golden added seven assists for the Jackets while sophomore swingman Marcus Georges-Hunt had 16 points and seven rebounds, and sophomore forward Robert Carter Jr. had nine points and 13 rebounds.

SOUTH CAROLINA 84, FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL 72

In Columbia, Tyrone Johnson scored 18 points and Jaylen Shaw added 16 points to lead four players in double figures to give South Carolina a victory over Florida International.

The victory snaps the Gamecocks two-game losing streak and halts the Panthers six-game winning streak, the longest for the program since 2000.

Johnson scored seven points from the free throw line in the final 2 minutes to help seal the victory.

But the added boost from Shaw was unexpected. The freshman had only played four minutes and scored two points in first three games for South Carolina (2-2). He provided an early spark with three 3-pointers in the first half to keep the Gamecocks close. He was 6-of-10 shooting, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range.

Tymell Murphy had a game-high 22 points for Florida International (6-3).


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