Clemson beats a third consecutive ranked opponent with win over Miami

Clemson beats a third consecutive ranked opponent with win over Miami
Clemson's Legend Robertin celebrates as the Tigers defeat Miami on Saturday. (Richard Shiro / Associated Press)

Jaron Blossomgame scored 25 points for Clemson, which defeated a third consecutive ranked opponent for the first time in program history with a 76-65 victory over No. 8 Miami on Saturday in Greenville, S.C.

The Tigers (12-6, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) have won five in a row, a run that includes a win at Syracuse and home victories over No. 21 Louisville, No. 9 Duke and the Hurricanes (13-3, 2-2), who dropped their second straight.


The Tigers looked like their tank may have run out as Miami opened a 57-51 lead with about 7 minutes left. That's when Clemson went on a 25-8 run to end the game and continue its stunning ACC start.

Davon Reed led Miami with 17 points while high-scoring point guard Angel Rodriguez was held to three points on 1-of-7 shooting.

Jordan Roper scored 18 points for the Tigers, who hadn't beaten three ranked teams in a season since 1998

Notre Dame 95, at No. 5 Duke 91: Bonzie Colson scored a career-high 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Notre Dame to the upset, the Blue Devils' second consecutive loss.

Demetrius Jackson added 24 points and Steve Vasturia finished with 22 to help the Fighting Irish (12-5, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) win their second in a row and beat the Blue Devils for the fourth time in five tries. Freshman Luke Kennard had a season-best 30 points and Brandon Ingram added 25 for the Blue Devils (14-4, 3-2), who have lost two straight for the first time this season.

at No. 1 Kansas 70, Texas Christian 63: Wayne Selden Jr. scored 11 points, Carlton Bragg and Cheick Diallo provided a lift off the bench, and the top-ranked Jayhawks slogged their way to a 33rd consecutive win at Allen Fieldhouse, a win, matching the fourth-best streak in school history. It was also the Jayhawks' seven straight win over the Horned Frogs.

Bragg had 10 points, as did Perry Ellis and Devonte Graham, while Diallo had nine points and nine rebounds to help Kansas (15-2, 4-1 Big 12) bounce back from a loss at West Virginia. Michael Williams had 13 points and Brandon Parrish and Chauncey Collins scored 11 apiece for TCU (9-8, 1-4), which remained close for a while thanks to a flurry of early three-pointers.

at No. 2 Oklahoma 70, No. 11 West Virginia 68: Khadeem Lattin's tip-in with one second left gave the Sooners a win and likely put them in position tomovo to No. 1 in the AP poll.

Buddy Hield scored 17 points, Jordan Woodard had 13 and Ryan Spangler finished with 10 points and 14 rebounds for the Oklahoma (15-1, 4-1 Big 12). With top-ranked Kansas losing to West Virginia on Tuesday, the Sooners could receive their first No. 1 ranking since the March 13, 1990 poll.

Oklahoma won despite shooting a season-low 33.3% Jaysean Paige scored 18 points for West Virginia (15-2, 4-1).

at No. 5 North Carolina 67, North Carolina State 55: Kennedy Meeks, in his second game back after missing seven because of a knee injury, scored 18 of his 23 points after halftime to help the Tar Heels pull away for the win.

Joel Berry II added 14 points for the Tar Heels (16-2), who improved to 5-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference for the first time since the 2000-01 season. For the second consecutive year, the Tar Heels struggled to get out in transition or find their flow against the Wolfpack (10-8, 0-5) in Chapel Hill.