Clemson topples Belmont for berth in the NIT semifinals

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CLEMSON, S.C. -- Damarcus Harrison wasn't worried when Clemson trailed Belmont with less than four minutes left in the National Invitation Tournament quarterfinals Tuesday night.

After all, Harrison said "we'd been there lots of times before."

And the Tigers (23-12) pulled off their latest late-game rally, outscoring the Bruins (26-10), 12-2, down the stretch for a 73-68 win -- its 12th consecutive home NIT victory. Harrison had 14 of his 16 points in the second half, including a 3-pointer and a 10-foot jump shot that gave the Tigers the lead for good.

Things looked bad for Clemson after Craig Bradshaw hit two consecutive 3s for a 66-61 lead with 3:52 to go.

"We didn't give up," Harrison said. "We've been able to grind it out all year."

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n Minnesota 81, Southern Mississippi 73: Austin Hollins scored a career-high 32 points to lead host Minnesota (23-13) past Southern Mississippi (29-7) to a spot in the semifinals for the second time in three seasons.


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