Originally created 01/16/97

Tigers win 11th in row



COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Terrell McIntyre hit two 3-pointers and Harold Jamison had two baskets in a critical 10-2 run, and No. 3 Clemson held on to beat No. 11 Maryland 67-63 Wednesday night.

Greg Buckner scored 16 points and McIntyre had 13 for Clemson (15-1, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). It was the 11th straight victory for the Tigers, who are off to their first 4-0 conference start in 10 years.

Keith Booth led Maryland (14-2, 4-1) with 16 points and Sarunas Jasikevicius had 15. The Terrapins were looking to go 15-1 for the first time in school history.

The score was tied before McIntyre hit a 3-pointer and Jamison followed a Maryland misfire with a layup to put the Tigers up 56-51 with 4:08 to go.

A dunk by Jamison made it 58-51, and McIntyre followed two free throws by Booth by scoring from beyond the arc to put the Tigers up by eight with 2:54 remaining.

Maryland closed to 63-60 on a 3-pointer by Jasikevicius, the Terrapins' first of the game in 10 attempts, but two foul shots by Tom Wideman, a 52-percent free throw shooter for the season, gave Clemson a five-point cushion with 26 seconds left. Seconds later, Buckner missed two free throws and Terrell Stokes hit a 3-pointer to get the Terrapins to 65-63.

Clemson's Merl Code then finally decided the issue by making two free throws with 6.8 seconds remaining.

Down 12 points midway through the first half, the Terrapins closed to 32-31 at halftime and finally went ahead 40-37 with a 7-0 run that featured a three-point play by Booth. But Clemson responded with an 8-1 spree that made it 45-41 with 12:25 remaining.

The Tigers never trailed after that.

Clemson made eight of its first 12 shots to take a 23-11 lead, but Maryland ended the half with a 20-9 run to cut the margin to one. The Terrapins hurt themselves by going 5-for-12 at the line and missing all four of their 3-point attempts.

The Tigers allowed Maryland to cut into the 12-point deficit by committing 15 first-half turnovers, two more than their average per game.