Jan. 24, 1998
Maryland Comes from Behind to Beat No. 25 ClemsonBy DAVID GINSBURG
AP Sports Writer
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Sarunas Jasikevicius scored 10 points in a three-minute stretch to rally Maryland past No. 25 Clemson 74-69 Saturday, the Terrapins' fourth win over a ranked team this season.
Jasikevicius finished with 20 points, 17 in the second half. Laron Profit had 16 for Maryland, which trailed by seven with 5:21 left before coming back to win their fifth game in the last six.
The victory enabled the Terrapins (12-6, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) to solidify their hold on third place in the league standings.
Terrell McIntyre shrugged off a foot injury to score 24 points for Clemson (12-7, 3-4). The Tigers had won four straight regular-season games over Maryland, including one on overtime in December.
Clemson led 61-54 before Profit made a foul shot, Jasikevicius scored on a drive and then added a 3-pointer. After Harold Jamison hit a jumper off the glass for the Tigers, Obinna Ekezie made two free throws for Maryland and Jasikevicius turned a steal into a layup to put the Terrapins in front for good.
Ekezie made two foul shots for a 66-63 lead, but Greg Buckner scored on a layup for Clemson. Jasikevicius then hit a jumper from beyond the arc and, with the score 69-67, made two free throws with 31 seconds left.
The Terrapins went 9-for-10 at the foul line in the final four minutes.
Earlier this season, Maryland beat No. 1 North Carolina, No. 2 Kansas and 13th-ranked Florida State.
After Maryland opened the second half with a 7-2 spree to go up 42-33, McIntyre scored straight five points to cap a 12-2 run that put the Tigers ahead for the first time since it was 10-8.
The Terrapins scored the next four points, but Clemson got five points from Buckner and 3-pointers from McIntyre and Johnny Miller in an 11-1 run that made it 56-49 with nine minutes remaining.
Minutes later, Jasikevicius got hot and brought the Terrapins back.
Clemson trailed 35-31 at halftime after shooting just 32 percent (8-for-25) and committing 11 turnovers. The Tigers benefited from a 24-17 rebounding edge and Maryland's 9-for-17 performance at the foul line.