Blossomgame scores 17 to lead Clemson past No. 9 Duke 68-63
GREENVILLE, S.C. — Jaron Blossomgame scored 17 points, including the clinching dunk with 13.5 seconds left, to lift Clemson to a 68-63 victory over No. 9 Duke on Wednesday night.
Coupled with Sunday's win over then No. 16 Louisville, it's the first time the Tigers (11-6, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) have beaten consecutive ranked opponents since closing the 1989 season with victories over Duke and Georgia Tech.
This one started like a typical Blue Devils blowout, with Duke taking a 28-16 lead midway through the opening half. Instead, the Tigers hung tough to beat Duke (14-3, 3-1) for the second time in three seasons.
After Blossomgame's jam, Matt Jones missed a 3-pointer from the left corner. Clemson's Avry Holmes got the rebound and hit two foul shots with 1.8 seconds left to put things out of reach.
Grayson Allen led Duke with 17 points, three off his season average.