Originally created 12/20/97

Clemson survives Seton Hall scare



EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Greg Buckner scored 20 points and Clemson blew a 16-point second-half lead before coming back to beat Seton Hall 62-59 Friday night in the Jimmy V Classic at the Meadowlands.

Buckner scored the final four points for Clemson, hitting two foul shots with 24.8 seconds to play to put the Tigers up by three points.

After Seton Hall 4-5 called a timeout, the Pirates worked the ball around the court and had to settle for an off-balance shot by Levell Sanders with about two seconds to play. It wasn't even a 3-pointer, so it didn't make a difference as it hit off the rim at the buzzer.

The last time Clemson played on the same court was 1990 and it lost to Connecticut 71-70 on a shot by Tate George after catching a length of the court pass.

Tony Christie, who hit three 3-pointers to help Clemson take a 50-34 lead with 13:50 to play, added 14 points for Clemson.

Donnell Williams had a career-high 28 points for Seton Hall and Levell Sanders added 16. Point guard Shaheen Holloway had 8 points on 2 of 13 shooting. The Pirates shot a season-low 29.2 percent 19 of 65.

Seton Hall had tied the game with a 22-6 spurt that Sanders capped with a 3-pointer with 3:36 to play.

Center Tom Wideman put Clemson ahead for good hitting 1 of 2 free throws twice for a 58-56 lead with 2:24 to go. Buckner stretched the margin to 60-56 with a dunk after Williams was stripped by Harold Jamison.

A 3-pointer by Williams with 1:25 left cut the margin to a point, but Buckner, a 67 percent free throw shooter, hit two free throws with 24.8 seconds to go.

Seton Hall then blew the chance to tie.