Hawaii Trip Results in Loss for Clemson
HONOLULU (Associated Press) — Michael Perez scored a career-high 25 points to lead UTEP to a 61-48 victory over Clemson in an opening-round game of the Diamond Head Classic on Thursday. The Miners (5-5) also got 11 points from C.J. Cooper in winning their third straight. K.J. McDaniels scored 13 points and Milton Jennings 10 to lead the Tigers (6-5). UTEP advances to Friday’s semifinals, and Clemson will be in the consolation round. UTEP shot 51 percent, made 7 of 20 3-pointers and sank 10 of 12 free throws. Clemson shot just 30 percent and committed 11 turnovers to six assists. The Tigers led 29-24 early in the second half, but UTEP used a 17-11 run capped by Perez’s three-point play to seize a 41-40 lead with 12:49 left. The Miners led by 14 points after a finger roll by Cooper inside the final minute. The teams were tied 24-24 at halftime.