The Fighting Irish (17-7, 8-4 in ACC) bolted to an 11-2 lead
and never trailed, handing the Tigers (14-10, 7-5) their first
loss at "The Well" since Dec. 18.
Forward V.J. Beachem added 15 points for Notre Dame while
forward Bonzie Colson had 11 and guard Steve Vasturia 10.
Junior forward Jaron Blossomgame scored a career-high 30 points
for Clemson, including 21 in the second half. Junior guard Avry
Holmes added 17 for the Tigers while sophomore forward Donte
Grantham had 15.
The Fighting Irish led by as many as nine points on two
occasions in the first half before settling for a 35-29
advantage at the break.
Clemson opened the second half with a 9-4 run to cut the Irish's
lead to 39-38, but Notre Dame gradually pulled away, connecting
on 11-of-12 shots during a seven-minute stretch late in the
The Fighting Irish, coming off an 80-76 victory against No. 8
North Carolina, have won seven of their last nine games.
The Tigers, who have lost three of four, fell to 0-4 against
Notre Dame as the Irish remained the lone ACC team that the
Tigers have never defeated.
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