Duke has dominated Clemson for more than a decade. The Tigers, though, will be forced to forget some bad memories about their last visit to Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The seventh-ranked Blue Devils (14-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) look for their 22nd consecutive win over No. 24 Clemson (14-3, 2-1) on Saturday.
This is the first meeting the teams’ first meeting at Cameron since Duke’s controversial 68-66 win on Jan. 25. Clemson’s Vernon Hamilton tied the game at 66 on a 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds remaining. The game appeared headed to overtime before officials restored the clock to 4.4 seconds after video replays showed the clock did not restart until Hamilton’s shot was in the cylinder.
Jon Scheyer took the inbounds pass from Josh McRoberts and passed it to David McClure. who laid the ball in for the winning basket over the outstretched arms of Clemson’s K.C. Rivers. The ACC later admitted that the officials made a “timing error.”
Despite the outcome, Clemson coach Oliver Purnell said he had no bitter feelings.
“I have not thought about last year’s game very often,” Purnell said Friday. “The situation with the clock has been talked about a lot and I understand that. But, it did not cost us the game, it cost us an opportunity to win in overtime. That game did not ruin our season.”
The Tigers’ 21 straight losses against Duke have been by an average of 14.5 points. They’ve also dropped 10 in a row at Cameron since January 1995.
Duke comes into this game, though, having won four straight since a one-point overtime loss to then-No. 11 Pittsburgh on Dec. 20. Scheyer scored 21 points, and the Blue Devils went on a 16-2 run late in the second half to beat Florida State 70-57.
“For awhile there it looked like there’s no way we’re going to win it and (then) our kids got tough,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “After they had been the weakest they got to be the toughest. I don’t know how that works, but it worked tonight.”
Scheyer was one point shy of matching his season-high set against New Mexico State on Nov. 12. He had averaged 8.5 points in the four previous games going into Wednesday.
Clemson, meanwhile, has won its last two games after back-to-back losses earlier this month. The Tigers are coming off a 70-54 win over North Carolina State on Tuesday.
Cliff Hammonds scored 14 points and Terrence Oglesby added 12. Oglesby also was 4-of-8 from 3-point range, and is third in scoring for Clemson at 11.9 points per game.
“Every shot he made tonight, and in the last couple of games, he makes constantly,” Hammonds said of Oglesby, who’s shooting 43.4 percent (46-of-106) from beyond the arc.
Rivers, who leads Clemson with 15.4 points per game, had 11, including three 3-pointers.
Duke leads the all-time series against Clemson 99-27, including 53-4 at Cameron Stadium.
“Players enjoy playing in these types of games,” Purnell said. “It takes a lot of poise to win at Duke.”