CLEMSON PULLS OFF ACC UPSET OF LOUISVILLE
greenville, s.c.» Jaron Blossomgame scored 17 points and Avry Holmes contributed 16, propelling Clemson to a 66-62 victory over No. 16 Louisville on Sunday.
The Tigers (10-6, 3-1 Atlantic Coast) led for the entire second half but had to hold on late. With Clemson up 64-58, Sidy Djitte fouled Louisville’s Jaylen Johnson on a dunk. Johnson missed the free throw, but Quniton Snider got the rebound and the Cardinals (13-3, 2-1) made two more free throws to trail 64-62 with 5.5 seconds remaining. Holmes then was fouled and made two foul shots to clinch Clemson’s first win over a ranked ACC team in the Tigers’ last 11 tries. Bryn Forbes scored 20 points, and No. 5 Michigan State welcomed back Denzel Valentine with a 92-65 rout of Penn State. Forbes made six of the Spartans’ 10 3-pointers and scored all his points in the first half of a game in which they never trailed. … Josh Hart scored 22 points and Ryan Arcidiacono had 11 to help No. 11 Villanova get past No. 18 Butler 60-55. The Wildcats (14-2, 4-0 Big East) have won six straight to remain the conference’s only unbeaten team in league play. … Ben Moore scored a career-high 23 points and Nic Moore added 20, and short-handed No. 15 SMU is still undefeated at 15-0 midway through the season after an 88-73 victory over Central Florida. … Malcolm Hill’s 30 points lifted Illinois over No. 20 Purdue 84-70.