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Clemson 72, Miami 63

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Donte Grantham had 18 points, including four 3-pointers, and Mark Donnal had 12 points, including two critical second-half 3s, as No. 19 Clemson outlasted 18th-ranked Miami 72-63 on Saturday.

The Tigers (15-2, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) continued their best start in nine seasons and bounced back from their first ACC defeat that snapped a 10-game win streak at North Carolina State on Thursday night.

But Clemson used its timely, long-range shooting - a season-high 12 3-pointers - to hold on in the Top 25 matchup.

The game was tied at 44-all when Donnal, the graduate transfer from Michigan, struck for a tie-breaking 3. On Clemson's next trip down, Donnal did it again with another from behind the arc to give Clemson a 50-44 edge with 9:56 to go.

Donnal had only seven 3s in his first 16 games coming in.

Miami kept things tight most of the way until the Tigers got hot from the outside once more.

Marcquise Reed's 3-pointer with 1:41 left put Clemson ahead 63-57 and Grantham clinched things a possession later with the last of his 3s. Clemson opened up a 13-point lead in the final minute.

Anthony Lawrence II and Lonnie Walker IV had 16 points each for Miami (13-3, 3-2).

Reed had 16 points for Clemson, nine of those coming in the last 2 minutes.

When the horn sounded, Grantham raised his arms and urged on the cheers from the sort of full house that's normally the case next door at football's Death Valley.

It was the second straight game in double figures for Donnal, who had 13 in the Wolfpack loss.

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