Tigers’ putback beats buzzer to down Demon Deacons

clemhoops-roperTrailing for over 37 minutes in the game, a putback by Josh Smith with 0.5 seconds remaining gave Clemson a 59-57 victory over Wake Forest on Saturday afternoon in Littlejohn Coliseum.  The Tigers improved to 11-8 overall (3-4 in the ACC) and the Demon Deacons fell to 9-11 (1-6).

With the Tigers leading 57-56, the Demon Deacons marched down the court with under a minute remaining and Wake Forest forward Devin Thomas was able to draw a shooting foul on Landry Nnoko — his fifth and final foul. Smith was inserted to replace the Tiger center.

After hitting the first free throw, the Demon Deacons secured the rebound on the second attempt and with just 33 seconds remaining on the clock. But a steal by Rod Hall allowed the Tigers to regain possession.

With 23 seconds remaining, Clemson coach Brad Brownell called a timeout and devised a play that allowed Hall to drive to the basket with only a few ticks left. Executed perfectly, Hall was able to penetrate, but missed the layup. With the defense collapsing on the senior point guard, Smith was able to sneak in and not only snag the rebound, but lay the ball into the basket for the final points of the ball game.

Photo courtesy of CU Athletics

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