Jordan Roper added 12 points as third-seeded Clemson (23-12)
moves on to the NIT semifinals for the first time since 2007. Landry
Nnoko contributed nine rebounds and four blocked shots for the
Tigers, who will face either Southern Methodist or California on
April 1 at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
Craig Bradshaw had 21 points, nine rebounds and five assists for
fifth-seeded Belmont (26-10). J.J. Mann added 20 points and Blake
Jenkins scored 13 for the Bruins, who shot 38.5 percent from the
Belmont held a 66-61 lead after Bradshaw’s 3-pointer with just under
four minutes left before the Tigers went on a 10-2 surge to take a
three-point lead on a basket by Rod Hall with 1:16 remaining. Mann
missed a tying 3-point attempt with 31 seconds left and Nnoko and
Harrison each added a free throw for the final margin.
Clemson led by as many as 12 in the first half before settling for a
37-31 advantage at the break. Bradshaw and Drew Windler made two
3-pointers and Mann added another during a 19-7 bust to start the
second half as Belmont took a 50-44 lead with 14 minutes remaining.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Bradshaw had five 3-pointers as Belmont went 12-of-32
from behind the arc while the Tigers went 10-of-21. … The Bruins
collected 18 offensive rebounds and recorded a 41-32 edge on the
boards. … Clemson G Jaron Blossomgame (shin) missed his second
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