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Clemson defeats No. 16 Duke 72-59

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By PETE IACOBELLI
AP Sports Writer

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - K.J. McDaniels scored 24 points and Jaron Blossomgame had career highs with 14 points and 14 rebounds as Clemson defeated No. 16 Duke 72-59 Saturday, the Blue Devils second straight Atlantic Coast Conference road loss.

Duke (12-4, 1-2 ACC) led 36-26 late in the first half before the Tigers (11-4, 2-1) put together a 37-18 run over the next 14 minutes to take control. Blossomgame's second 3-pointer of the half put Clemson ahead for good, 57-54, and Adonis Filer followed moments later with a driving layup to increase the lead.

Duke cut things to 59-57 on Quinn Cook's three, but McDaniels hit a twisting layup and got fouled for a three-point play to restore Clemson's margin.

The Tigers gradually built the lead to 69-59 with 2:06 go and Duke could not respond.

Rodney Hood led the Blue Devils with 20 points. Jabari Parker scored 15, only five after halftime.

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