No. 11 Xavier defeats Clemson 83-77 in Tire Pros tournament
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) J.P. Macura scored a career-high 28 points and Trevon Bluiett contributed 21 as No. 11 Xavier defeated Clemson 83-77 Friday in the second round of the Tire Pros Invitational.
Macura hit six 3-pointers and Bluiett sealed the win with two free throws in the final moments.
The Musketeers (3-0) held a comfortable lead for most of the second half before Clemson (3-1) surged within 63-62. Xavier, led by Malcolm Bernard, answered with six straight points to regain control.
Donte Grantham led five Clemson players in double figures with 21 points.