01/27 22:05 CST Simms leads Clemson to 54-50 victory over No. 25 Louisville
Simms leads Clemson to 54-50 victory over No. 25 Louisville
By PETE IACOBELLI
AP Sports Writer
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) --- Aamir Simms had 16 points, Al-Amir Dawes added 15 and
Clemson turned up the defense to beat No. 25 Louisville 54-50 and break a
three-game losing streak Wednesday night.
It was a much needed lift for the Tigers (10-4, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference),
who were ranked as high as No. 12 this season until dropping their past three
by an average of 24 points
The prospects of ending it against the Cardinals (10-4, 5-3) and their dynamic
scorer Carlik Jones seemed slim, too, with Louisville averaging better than 70
However, Clemson clamped down throughout the contest and held Jones, an
18-point a game scorer, to just 11 points on 4-of-14 shooting. He missed five
of his six attempts from behind the arc.
Hunter Tyson's jumper with 7:34 left put the Tigers up for good while
Louisville couldn't buy a bucket as it missed six of its next seven shots.
When Dawes connected for his fourth 3-pointer of the game with 2:51 left,
Clemson had its biggest lead of the game at 49-41.
Louisville closed to 49-45, but Simms converted a three-point play to build
back the lead.
The Cardinals, who shot 32%, had their fewest points in a game this season.
Louisville came in hoping to stay in that next tier behind Virginia, perfect so
far in the league at 7-0. The Cardinals bounced back from two straight defeats
with a win over Duke this past Saturday and hoped to carry that momentum into
But the Tigers have won the past two meetings here including a 77-62 drubbing
over then-No. 5 Louisville a season ago.
This game was originally set for March 3 until both team has to postpone
contests with Boston College this week (Clemson on Tuesday, Louisville this
coming Saturday) because of coronavirus concerns within the Eagles program. So
the ACC sent the Cardinals South and freed up the March date for potential make
up games for both teams.
THE BIG PICTURE
Louisville: Perhaps the Cardinals should look at not playing at Clemson. It was
the fourth straight defeat for Louisville on the road against the Tigers. Their
only win here came in Dec. 1973.
Clemson: What to make of the Tigers this season? They've rallied in the second
half of all four of their ACC victories this season including against ranked
opponents in Florida State and Louisville, the last after getting outplayed in
the second halves of sizeable defeats to Virginia, Georgia Tech and the
Louisville: Hosts Georgia Tech on Monday.
Clemson: At Duke on Saturday. -__
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