Tigers tumble in Winston-Salem

Demontez Stitt

Clemson's winless streak at Wake Forest continues for another year as the Tigers lost 70-65 to the Demon Deacons on Sunday night.

With the loss Clemson is seeded sixth in the ACC Tournament and will play N.C. State in the opening round with tipoff scheduled for 9 p.m. on Raycom. The winner moves on to play Florida State in the quarterfinals.

Clemson coach Oliver Purnell couldn't recall many bad looks from behind the 3-point line Sunday night, but it wasn't reflected in the Tigers' shooting performance. Clemson shot 39 percent from the field but only 20 percent from behind the 3-point line (5-25).

"I'm sure we had some. Out of 25, I bet 20 of them were probably good shots," Purnell said.

"We just didn't shoot it well. If you're not getting anything on the interior, and you're getting good looks, you need to knock those down. You need to knock down your free-throws too in order to win."

Demontez Stitt scored a game-high 18 points, Tanner Smith had 13 and David Potter had 11 against Wake Forest.

Trevor Booker was held to six points and four rebounds.

"Down low, we expected to make a few more of those," Purnell said. "It was tough. We missed some tough ones in there. I thought he was fouled some…it was a physical ball game.

"It made it tough. They've got some big, strong guys in there."

Wake Forest shot 42 percent from the field and 20 percent from behind the arc (2-10).

Al-Farouq Aminu scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Chase McFarland had 11 and 11 rebounds. Ishmael Smith had 17 points and seven assists. C.J. Harris came off the bench to score 14.

"You've got to give Wake Forest credit here on Senior Night. They're a good team. There's no question. That's a team that will be in the NCAA Tournament," Purnell said.

Wake Forest out-rebounded Clemson 44-33.

"They got 19 offensive rebounds and 19 points from offensive rebounds. That's something we went into the game, being real clear that we had to do a good job at in order to win the game, particularly on the road," Purnell said.

Despite not earning a first-round bye in the ACC Tournament, he's confident at the level of play where the Tigers finished the regular season.

"We finished strong and certainly can say we're playing good basketball going in," Purnell said. "We just need to now take care of business in that first game against N.C. State."

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